Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Arizona Board of Education Set to Review Common Core

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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The Arizona Board of Education has created a committee that'll be in charge of reviewing the Common Core standards for math and English language arts.

The 17-member committee—made up of Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas (who based her entire campaign on her opposition to Common Core), business owners, college deans, teachers and parents —will host a series of public hearings for input, and collaborate with "English and math experts" who will draft the new standards.

The change is expected before the end of this school year.

Last month, at the same time a bill that sought to kill the so-called College and Career Ready Standards remained alive in the state Legislature, Gov. Doug Ducey asked the board to review the standards, use the basics for foundation, dump what is perceived as unnecessary, and create language that is more in tune with Arizona. 

"We can learn from others, but at the end of the day the standards need to come from Arizona and they need to help us achieve our objectives," Ducey told the board at the time. "And in any instance during your review, you find situations where Arizona standards can outperform the ones already adopted, I ask you to replace them."

Several anti-Common Core bills died this past legislative session, as did the year before. 

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