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Wake Group Asks Parents To Speak Up For Common Core

ASRC members listen to public comment by anti-Common Core activists and parents. The commission was formed at the behest of lawmakers who oppose Common Core.
Jess Clark

Wake Ed Partnership, a business-supported education foundation, is urging parents to tell the commission reviewing the state’s K-through-12 academic standards that they want to keep Common Core. 

Wake Ed Vice President Julie Crain worries some of the commission’s preliminary suggestions would throw out parts of the standards instead of providing textbooks and other resources teachers are asking for to teach the standards more effectively.

"Can the commission make a recommendation that we increase funding for those kinds of materials? Those would be the kind of recommendations that we would love to hear come from the committee," Crain said.

The commission says another common complaint it hears from teachers is that testing isn't adequately aligned with the standards. In a newsletter, Wake Ed said instead of adopting new standards, the state should provide better tests to assess the current ones.

The commission has two months before it is due to recommend changes to the standards. Some of its preliminary recommendations include replacing the K-8 math standards with Minnesota's, reducing the number of standards and bringing in child development experts to help revise or rewrite the standards to be more "developmentally appropriate."

Jess is WUNC's Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting. Her reporting focuses on how decisions made at the North Carolina General Assembly affect the state's students, families, teachers and communities.
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