Thursday, May 5, 2016

Re: Chris Christie's and N.J.'s Commitment to Revising the Common Core Because it was "Simply Not Working"

And I've got a bridge I can sell you. Just as well: the Common Core was fine to begin with.  From today's Star-Ledger:
Nearly a year after Gov. Chris Christie declared that Common Core academic standards were "simply not working" in New Jersey, the state has adopted a revised and renamed version with few substantial departures from the original.  
The state Board of Education on Wednesday gave final approval to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, a roadmap that will outline what skills students should learn in each grade level.  
"It won't be substantially different," said Mark Biedron, president of the state board. "We looked at everything to make sure that it was crystal clear, age appropriate. Yes, there were some changes, but there were not major changes." 
New Jersey will maintain about 84 percent of the 1,427 math and language arts standards that make up Common Core, according to the state. About 230 standards will be modified.  
Some of those changes will result in moving a standard — like when students should be able to distinguish long and short vowels — from one grade level to another. Others involve minor changes to the wording of a standard to clarify or enhance it, according to the state. 

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