What's happening to Common Core in NC?

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2014 at 9:56 am •  Published: August 31, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a law this summer that opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools. But the law doesn't mean the academic standards previously agreed to by more than 40 other states are automatically eliminated.

Here's an explanation of how Common Core will be reconsidered in North Carolina, and how current benchmarks stemming from Common Core could stay intact, perhaps under a different name:

WHAT'S THE NEW LAW DO? The General Assembly directs the State Board of Education to review the math and English language arts standards based on Common Core the board approved in 2010, and to propose modifications. Board members must consult with a new Academic Standards Review Commission, which will perform its own review and make recommendations. The commission and board have been told to ensure standards help increase student achievement, are age-suitable, understandable to teachers and parents and are among the nation's highest.

DID THE LAW REPEAL COMMON CORE IN NORTH CAROLINA? Not specifically. The law directs the current Standard Course of Study, which lays out the skills K-12 students should master in all subjects, to remain in effect for now. That means Common Core standards, which were first carried out in the 2012-13 school year and are part of the Course of Study, are still in place this fall. For example, students who traditionally took math courses like Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry have been phased into classes called Common Core 1, 2 and 3, where they learn a mix of concepts.

CAN COMMON CORE STAY IN PLACE? While some standards in Common Core are universally accepted and will remain in updated standards, others likely will be squashed. The law tells the education board to implement the best method, leaving the door open for the board to retain some of Common Core. The federal government encouraged states to accept Common Core, with potential grant money as an incentive.

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