School board members discuss Common Core State Standards


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Submitted: Wed, 08/21/2013 - 3:25am
Updated: Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:21pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County School Board Members met Tuesday to discuss a number of issues, including a resolution regarding the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards.

The board was considering asking the state to pause implementation so they could further study the standards.

The school board chairman says while the district isn’t opposed to higher standards, there needs to be more clarity.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions about the standards themselves,” Chairman Don Hayes said.

In September the board will consider a resolution that would ask state leaders to analyze and clarify the standards.

North Carolina along with 40 other states adopted the Common Core in 2010.

10 Comments

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    One does not “dumb it up”.

    Things are dumbed “down” or they are smartened “up”.

    Wilmington Observer

  • GuestMan. says:

    What’s the matter? Didn’t they dumb it up enough for the school board?

  • Vog46 says:

    Again it takes years to see if programs of this magnitude are working. No child left behind wass put in place amid much fanfare but wasn’t deemed a failure until several states started reviewing results several years later. New York just released it’s first batch of test results.
    The indications are that this program may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
    I have no problem with our local board trying to slow it down if in fact it’s a program that might NOT work.

    Vog

  • Guest2020 says:

    Especially when NC decided on this three years ago.

  • Guest1118 says:

    “The school board chairman says while the district isn’t opposed to higher standards, there needs to be more clarity.”

    This is where misinformation gets started….Common Core standards are NOT higher, they’re lower.

  • Tracie C says:

    Did this law overthrow the “as long as the kids asses are in the desk seat so we can get our money” law?

  • Teacher says:

    As a veteran teacher, I can assure you the standards are not lower than the one previously adopted by the great state of NC. There is an overwhelming amount of complexity and depth within this curriculum, which is the problem. People freak out because cursive writing isn’t explicitly stated, but conveniently gloss over the significant improvements in detailing the kind of academic writing that should be taught to children to help them be successful in the real world.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Now the school board wants to pause implementation so they can further study it? …… What the heck have they been wasting their time on that they now have no clue as to what this is all about? Has the dog eaten their collective homework?

    “There are a lot of unanswered questions about the standards themselves,” Chairman Don Hayes said. …… Apparently there are even more unanswered questions about the school board members themselves and their qualifications to even be members of this board.

  • NHCresident says:

    Unreal. 1 week before school starts and they decide to care. F-

  • Vog46 says:

    While I am flabbergasted at this I can see why they may want to pursue a slowdown in implementation. The latest batch of test results from NY indicate that many students are flunking the tests.
    Now – is it the fact that the tests are harder? I don’t know.
    But we’ve tried so many initiatives its hard to say which one will work.
    No Child Left Behind is an abysmal failure, so perhaps this will be too?
    Readin, ritin, and rithmetic should be taught (And spelling for me)

    Vog

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