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Critics are Calling on Miss Lawmakers to Repeal Common Core

By Paul Boger | Published 13 Dec 2013 08:30am | comments
Critics of the Common Core education standards are calling on Mississippi law-makers to repeal the implementation of the program. MPB's Paul Boger reports some believe the test-based initiative does not work.
Sandra Stotsky was on the committee that verified the standards in the Common Core initiative in 2009, but now she is one of the programs biggest critics. She says Common Core Standards were not developed by educators.
"Instead of either teachers or academic experts we now had a different group of people developing standards, testing experts." said Stotsky. "People came from companies that would actually make a lot of money, eventually. By the standards they created and by the test that would be based on those standards."
Those test-centered standards are part of the reason some Mississippians believe Common Core should be repealed. State Senator Michael Watson from Pascagoula says we should follow the example of other states.
"None of us are saying we don't need to improve our standards, we do." said Watson. "The right way about that is state control. State's competing with other states. We already had states that truly had international standards. We need to go to those states and say 'let's take your standards add Mississippi values and move forward."
Representative John Moore of Brandon is chairman of the House Education Committee. He says the tests associated with Common Core allow states to compare what works with what doesn't.
"The Genesis of the multi-state standards would actually have the ability to look at each other." said Moore. "Look at each other, look at the test scores of students in states like Arkansas or Mississippi or a state like Florida. Then you can compare how the different students were actually performing." 
Currently, 45 other states have adopted Common Core, but recently Massachusetts, Indiana and Louisiana moved to delay full implementation of the requirements.




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