With Georgia students taking their first tests tied to a “Common Core” of national academic standards in English and math, a number of conservatives want the state to reconsider its decision to adhere to those standards.
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Staff writer Gracie Bonds Staples contributed to this article.
What is Common Core?
Georgia schools are now using new standards called Common Core, which are intended to bring academic standards in line with the rest of the nation and better prepare Georgia’s students for college or careers. Critics say it’s forcing districts to give up too much local control over what kids are learning.
Here is a sampling of some of the changes:
Fourth-graders tackle comparing fractions, which was not taught until fifth grade under the former curriculum.
In eighth grade, students are using the Pythagorean theorem to find the distance between two coordinates, an exercise that wasn’t previously taught until ninth grade.