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Old 05-02-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that replaces Common Core education standards with those developed in South Carolina by the 2015-16 school year.


The bill, which passed 42-0, is a compromise of legislation that initially sought to repeal the math and reading standards that have been rolled out in classrooms statewide since their adoption by two state boards in 2010. Testing aligned to those standards must start next year, using new tests that assess college and career readiness, or the state will lose its waiver from the all-or-nothing provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.


But the state won't be able to use tests South Carolina officials helped create with 21 other states. A bid must go out by September for their replacement.
COLUMBIA, S.C.: SC Senate approves replacing Common Core in 1 year | Technology | The State

After seeing how my kids were struggling with math and not being able to help them because I had no idea the 'system' they were being taught... I have to say YAY!
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC metro
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To those teachers on the forum, could you help elaborate between the previous standards, Common Core, and what the new ones aim at?
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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I think Common Core was a decent idea in theory but execution was horrific.
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:10 PM
 
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My understanding is they were trying to teach kids the "why" behind math rather than just how to solve problems.

It is better to let the "why" part be the pinnacle of learning rather than the starting point.
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:24 AM
 
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Common Core did not implement "national" education standards. When I questioned the SC Dept of Education they called Common Core a “national set of academic benchmarks.” I said "what?"

And it was explained as a list of specific universal benchmarks in English language arts and math developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. This was back in 2009 or 2010 when I called Columbia when Common Core was first mentioned to the public. So I asked if "universal benchmarks" was the new politically correct term for "national education standards." I was told no.

My interest came about due to a grandchild I have in the public school system. I would have him over for the weekend and get out my old American and English Literature textbooks from school and his reading was atrocious.

After speaking to the SC Department of Education I then had the brilliant idea ... follow the money! Google "follow the money for Common Core Education."
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Of course it's about money, the corporatization has been creeping into public education for decades, and this is just the latest move on that front.

Cheers to my adopted state for doing the right thing in this case.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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So our kids couldn't perform up to the standards of those in Massachusetts and Connecticut....so we just opted out of the standards? Hmmm.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:10 PM
 
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No, its about taking local control and increasing the standards.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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So our kids couldn't perform up to the standards of those in Massachusetts and Connecticut....so we just opted out of the standards? Hmmm.
Our standards, pre-Common Core, were already some of the toughest in the country. Third in the nation.
Which states have the highest standards for students? - CSMonitor.com
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:31 AM
 
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Our standards, pre-Common Core, were already some of the toughest in the country. Third in the nation.
Which states have the highest standards for students? - CSMonitor.com
Oh, cool. Didn't know that. I don't have kids in school, so the public ed topic isn't one I'm highly informed on. Just seemed odd we'd drop a nationally accepted standard.
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