By James MacPherson
Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House are beginning a push to repeal Common Core learning standards by year's end, citing widespread discontent they say they're hearing from parents, teachers and communities.
It's unclear whether the bill could pass. Districts already are well on their way to implementing the standards, which have the backing of a diverse coalition of Ohio groups including teachers' unions, superintendents, the Urban League and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
By Julie Carr Smyth.
Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican who strongly supported Common Core as head of the National Governors Association, reversed course this year and signed into law a repeal of the standards.
In response, the federal government on Thursday did not renew the state's waiver involving stringent requirements in the No Child Left Behind law. The move stripped Oklahoma's power to decide how to spend $29 million in education dollars. The Obama administration said the state no longer could demonstrate that its school standards were preparing students for college and careers.
Education officials estimate that about 70 percent of Oklahoma's more than 500 school districts already had integrated the Common Core standards into their textbooks, teaching methods or curriculum. Now, districts are being directed to return to the Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS standards, that were in place in 2010, until the state develops its own new standards. That process is expected to take up to two years.
By Sean Murphy.
Eighty percent of Oregon teachers who responded to a statewide survey this spring said what's being taught in their school aligns with the skilled required by Common Core.
But there has been grumbling.
Dennis Richardson, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, said he opposes Common Core. Meanwhile, Portland Public Schools, the state's largest school district, asked the state to delay using Common Core-aligned testing to evaluate teachers, students, school districts and individual schools. State education officials have asked the Education Department to grant a one-year delay in using results from the new, Common Core-aligned assessments as part of a teacher's evaluation.
By Steven DuBois.