Friday, August 14, 2015

Arkansas Board of Education To Revise Education Standards And Rename Common Core

Gov. Hutchinson last month submitted to the Arkansas Board of Education recommendations from a task force led by Lt Gov. Tim Griffin that last month said the state should continue using Common Core but conduct a broader look at where to change and replace the standards.

Gov. Hutchinson directed the Department of Education to begin revising the standards under a process that allows public comment on any changes. Hutchinson recommended the department examine any copyright issues with Common Core as it revises the math and English benchmarks, which have been adopted by a majority of states and describe what students should know after completing each grade.

"To avoid any issues, I would recommend the (department) proceed with a new name for the standards, if need be," Hutchinson wrote.

Hutchinson's office said he expected the review and revision process to be completed by July 2016.

Hutchinson stopped short of recommending any specific changes, instead calling on the board and state officials to increase communication with parents and school districts about standards.

The board last month voted to replace a standardized test aligned with Common Core. The board had initially rejected the suggested plan to replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium test with one administered by ACT. However the board reversed course after Governor Hutchinson ordered education officials to withdraw from PARCC.

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