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Update on Instructional Standards for 2014-2015

During the past summer, the NC Legislature signed Senate Bill 812, better known as the "Common Core Bill".  This bill is an act to excercise North Carolina's Constitutional Authority over all academic standards; replace the Common Core State Standards; and ensure that standards are robust and appropirate and enable students to succeed academically and professionally.

For our students and teachers, this only affects Mathematics and Language Arts. The following are important points to remember during this school year regarding the standards that are both taught and assessed for our students:

  • This law does not change the Standard Course of Study for the 2014-2015 School Year.
  • “Nothing changes in Math or Language Arts this year", as quoted by State Superintendent June Atkinson.
  • Teachers will use the same standards as in the past 2 years. This will be the third year in applying the present standards.
  • During this school year, an Academic Standards Review Commission will be convened in Raleigh to review all English/LA and Mathematics standards adopted by the SBE in 2010 and to recommend possible modifications. The law requires that parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, business people, and qualifying professors be considered as members. Recommendations go the SBE for its decisions and actions. The commission’s work should be completed by December 31, 2015.
  • Dr. Atkinson predicts that the earliest new standards could be put into place would be the school year 2016; however, the commission could complete its work early and the timeline could shift.
  •  Although there are varying rumors and assumptions, the Common Core State Standards did not affect the number of tests that were administered to students in NC. EOG tests have been in place since 1993. Federal and state law requires NC schools to continue to apply standardized tests for academic measures.
  • All of NC standards are “silent” about testing.  Senate Bill 812 does address testing in Section 5, lines 14-23.

Remember, the new law notes that the current Standard Course of Study remains in effect until official notice is provided to all public school teachers, administrators, and parents/ guardians of students who are enrolled in the public schools of any changes made in the Standard Course of Study by the SBE.

For more information, please contact your child's teacher or school office. Additional details may be located at:  www.ncpublicschools.org

Written by: John A. Jones, Jr.
Posted: Sep 17, 2014 by John A. Jones, Jr.

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