The Public School Forum of North Carolina today released a new policy brief urging the State of North Carolina to continue to move forward implementing the Common Core State Standards. The full brief can be accessed here.
“The Common Core standards give students the best opportunity to graduate college and career ready and able to compete in an increasingly global society, continuing to contribute to a strong workforce and increasing economic development in our state,” said Keith Poston, President and Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina.
The Public School Forum has conducted many international studies and has consistently found that high standards that push students to a deeper level of understanding is essential for a world-class school system.
Abandoning the Common Core, implemented statewide in 2012, for another new system now would disrupt life best online casino for teachers, students, and families who have invested significant time and energy to implement the Common Core. In addition, “if North Carolina were to transition to another set of standards, there would be a significant financial cost,” Poston added. “We should use our resources to invest in our schools and in our teachers, not to create another set of new standards.”
Indiana is the first and only state so far to repeal the Common Core State Standards in favor of new state created standards that some critics suggest are nearly identical to Common Core. The estimated cost for the transition to Indiana’s new standards is $10.5 million for 2014-2015, up to $32 million in 2015-2016 and up to $26 million annually beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, according to the Legislative Services Agency.
About the Public School Forum of North Carolina
For nearly 30 years, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has worked to shape world-class public schools that inspire and support all children and drive a vibrant North Carolina economy through research, policy work, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Our focus areas are teaching and school leadership; expanded learning through programs after-school and beyond the classroom; educational achievement and innovation; and school finance. We also lead the Education Policy Institute that focuses on developing passionate education leaders, and on promoting sound education policy through continuous learning and issues forums for elected officials and candidates for state and local offices that affect education policy. For more information, visit http://www.ncforum.org/