Friday, October 4, 2013


Committee holds first investigative hearing on Common Core
MacIver Institute – Nick Novak – 10/3/2013

Evers also pointed out that recent education reform efforts in this state rely on CCSS to gauge student progress. Those included the Read to Lead literacy program, DPI's School Report Cards, and the Educator Effectiveness program that is slated to grade teachers in coming years. He also reiterated that local school districts would retain ultimate control over their curricula.

The critics that followed him quickly rebuffed his support. Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action, gave an hour of testimony voicing her concern over the CCSS. She said the standards are an outsider's view on what is best for Wisconsin, limiting local control over the standards as a whole. Appling also expressed concern over the program's data collection and ability to keep student confidentiality as a priority. Schroeder, who followed soon after, made it clear that the biggest concern that the state faces with CCSS is ceding local control over standards and curriculum.

Members of the select committees mainly questioned opponents about what the state should do instead. Many of the educational stakeholders involved in the hearing suggested looking at the state's past education achievements or developing our own standards, but few had any specific details with which to replace CCSS.

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