Common Core update

| March 6, 2014

There has been a lot of information in the news regarding common core, and how it will proceed. Here is some information about local legislature, a video by Gov. Jeb Bush, and more.

College & Career Ready Standards Facing Fight in Legislature:
The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is advocating against a slew of bills that were recently introduced to repeal or limit advances that have been made in implementing Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS). To date, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber has registered its opposition to four bills that would prohibit use of PARCC (the new testing instrument most likely to be used with ACCRS); put a moratorium on high school graduation tests; prohibit ACCRS in its entirety; and  stripping the state Board of Education’s authority in several areas of curriculum development and competency testing and turning that over to local districts.

Senate Bill 1310

The Arizona Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 1310, sponsored by Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, after giving it initial approval Tuesday. The measure would have prohibited the state from using a set of new educational standards accepted by most of the nation, and which Arizona adopted in 2010 without opposition. Gov. Jan Brewer has supported Common Core and renamed the standards the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. The Arizona Department of Education receives about $1 billion annually in federal funds for Common Core implementation. Potentially, all of that funding would have been at risk if Arizona moved away from the standards, according to the department.

 

 

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