Wake Ed

April 24, 2014

Large NC school districts back keeping Common Core

The superintendents of the state’s 10 largest districts say North Carolina should keep using Common Core while a legislative research committee is recommending scrapping the standards.

As North Carolina legislators move to drop Common Core, it’s a step that goes against the wishes of the state’s biggest school districts.

The superintendents of North Carolina’s 10 largest districts, including Wake County, put together a joint position paper earlier this year on Common Core, the new voucher program and teacher pay. On the issue of Common Core, the superintendents said that they wanted “assurance that North Carolina is committed to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and that there will not be another change in standards for at least seven years.”

The North Carolina Large District Superintendent Consortium wrote that Common Core State Standards “provide clearer, more focused standards that allow for vertical planning because the standards are aligned from grade level to grade level.”

“As a common set of learning standards, there are consistent expectations across the nation to ensure students are prepared for college and career, as well as ensuring success in high transient areas,” the superintendents say.

Contrast that with the talk today from a state legislative commission that’s recommending that North Carolina “replace” the Common Core with its own education standards for public schools. The commission presented draft legislation today.

“This bill puts education back where the Constitution says it belongs – in the hands of North Carolina,” said Sen. Jerry Tillman, an Archdale Republican.

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