Common Core Standards

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The House Education committee has rejected a proposed ban on using multi-state Common Core academic standards in the state's public schools.

On Friday, the committee voted 10-7 against the bill, that would prevent any school district or official from giving "any measure of control" over academic standards to any group outside Kansas.

Common Core foes opponents are split over whether to pursue softer language for the bill to help it advance.

Alberto G, flickr Creative Commons

What we got to do, is we got to nip Commonism in the bud. And by “Commonism” what I mean is Common Core. Common Core is Commonism.

We didn’t have no Commonism when me and all them other Kansans got our learning. And just look at what a bang-up job we done! Our smartness done made this state we got here into a sort of compost pile that attracts the bestest and the most brightest.

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Kansas education officials have created an online tool to allow the public to comment about math, reading and writing standards.

The tool, called "Join the Conversation!" will be available online until Oct. 30th.

People will be able to read about the standards and make suggestions on moving a standard to another grade level, creating a new standard or rewriting a specific standard.

Kansas based its standards in part on the Common Core state standards, which have faced criticism in recent years.

The Kansas House Education Committee heard testimony on a bill that would bar using Common Core academic standards for reading and math in public schools.

Supporters and opponents of Common Core filled the meeting room yesterday.

Witnesses had 90 seconds each to address the committee, which asked no questions and took no action on the bill.

The bill would reverse the state Board of Education's adoption of the standards in 2010. It would also create an advisory group to develop new guidelines for math and reading.

Sean Sandefur

The Kansas Legislature is scheduled to hear a bill today (Feb. 19, 2014) that seeks to repeal Common Core academic standards throughout the state. The standards have become quite a divisive issue.

 

   

Cathy Granell has been a teacher for 18 years and has been at Stanley Elementary for four. She says that the adoption of the Common Core standards forced her to change her approach to lesson planning.

Kansas education officials want to dismiss a federal lawsuit over new, multi-state science standards.

The group that filed the suit claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students' religious freedoms.

Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education, and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request on Thursday.

They argued that Citizens for Objective Public Education and the 15 parents who joined it in the suit can't show they were harmed by the standards, which were adopted in June.

Kansas State Board of Education members are getting ready to consider a proposal to develop new standardized tests for public schools.

The state Department of Education will present the board the proposal Wednesday.

Commissioner Diane DeBacker says the department wants the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop math, reading and language arts tests to be given first in spring 2015.

Kansas is among 21 states involved in running the consortium, which is based in Washington state.

Kansas Students To Get New School Tests

Oct 31, 2013

Education officials say new math and English testing that will be recommended next month to the Kansas State Board of Education will be aligned with new curriculum standards and give more flexibility to student testing.

The changes were outlined during a meeting Wednesday in Topeka. Education commissioner Diane DeBacker will recommend that the board approve using the Smarter Balance tests in grades three through eight. She says high schools will have flexibility in what type of assessment they use.

Kansas Education Official Responds To 'Misinformation'

Sep 20, 2013

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she's sending a "friendly" letter to the state Republican Party this week to correct what she and other education leaders say is misinformation about Common Core standards for reading and math.

DeBacker's letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Kansas GOP state committee last weekend, calling for the state to withdraw from Common Core.

GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards

Sep 16, 2013

The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

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