Although Georgia has embraced the controversial set of education standards called Common Core, students here might never take the national test tied to those standards.
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WHAT IS COMMON CORE?
Common Core refers to a set of national education standards embraced by Georgia, 44 other states, the District of Columbia and a pair of U.S. territories.
The National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers began a push to create a set of national standards in 2008.
Some elected officials, business leaders and many in academia argued that the nation’s students needed to be better prepared for college, the workplace and global competition. Having students in Georgia be able to meet the same standards as those in, say, Connecticut, Hawaii or Iowa would improve education in the United States, they argued.
Embracing that argument, the NGA — which was co-chaired by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue — worked with the CCSSO, state departments of education and private, nonprofit education groups to oversee the production of a set of national standards.
Education and business experts, including some from Georgia, wrote the standards and shared them with officials from state education departments.
In July 2010, the state Board of Education voted to have Georgia adhere to the standards.
The Obama administration supports Common Core and has used its education funding grant process to encourage states to adhere to the new standards. No state is required to adhere to Common Core.
This past school year was the first during which Common Core standards were adhered to in English/language arts in kindergarten through grade 12; in science literacy, history and social studies in grades six through 12; and in math in kindergarten through grade nine.
— Wayne Washington