At a time when North Carolina is poised to drop the Common Core standards, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Monday it's asking the public to take an online survey about the K-12 English language arts and math standards.
For the past three school years, the state's public schools have used the Common Core standards in language arts and math. Supporters have said the standards are rigorous and will better prepare students for the 21st Century. But critics claim they're hard to understand and not age appropriate for some students.
The public can weigh in at http://ncdpireview.weebly.com/, which gives people the ability to anonymously provide feedback through April 30. People can take the survey multiple times to comment on the standards used at individual grade levels.
"Parents know first hand the impact that standards have on student learning and the importance of having clear, rigorous and reasonable standards. Community/Business stakeholders care deeply about preparing our students for careers and college," said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a press release. "We need to hear from parents and the broader community as we move forward with reviews of our content standards to make sure that standards help students reach high goals and prepare for the future."
DPI says in the press release it's in the initial stages of reviewing the standards and that standards are typically reviewed for changes approximately every five years in each subject.
DPI has already sought feedback on the standards from the state's teachers.
DPI's review comes as the North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission carries out its charge from the General Assembly to review the current standards and recommend a replacement for the Common Core.