Common Core remains as NC seeks new standards

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A panel has been working on reviewing North Carolina’s academic standards for nearly a year now.

The Republican-led General Assembly approved legislation last year that would replace the Common Core education standards in North Carolina.

The Common Core standards came out of a task force that included governors and academic leaders. North Carolina adopted them in 2010.

But in an effort to move away from Common Core, the General Assembly created the Academic Standards Review Commission. That commission is reviewing the curriculum in math and English and will make recommendations for changes to the state Board of Education.

The commission, which meets Monday at 1 p.m. at the State Board of Education, is set to report in December.

“Right ow, until we get the new standards, they’re going on the old standards of the Common Core,” said Sen. Jerry Tillman, the co-chair of the Senate education committee. “But that will be eliminated as soon as we get the standards commission report with the new standards.”

June Atkinson, the state schools superintendent, said, “If the legislation remains the same, then I would anticipate that it would be some time before North Carolina moves to another set of standards.”

Atkinson said she didn’t think the commission would want the state board “to move rapidly in any drastic change.”

The Department of Public Instruction said it moved $275,000 dollars to the Department of Administration to pay for the standards commission and its work.

Amelia Huntley, a parent who supports Common Core, said, “I would like to see it stay, to see where it goes.”

Karl Rectanus, the CEO of Lea(R)n, said, “We need to ensure that all kids are ready for the jobs that will be growing here in North Carolina.”

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