- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says South Carolina is setting the bar too low for students under the state’s decision to replace Common Core education standards with a local version of them.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Duncan told a conference in North Charleston on Thursday that the decision to drop out of the Common Core standards is politicizing education.

“Historically South Carolina has set a low bar. That’s not something anyone should be proud of,” he said.

Common Core standards have been criticized as an attempt to nationalize education. The standards spell out what students in all grades should be learning in reading and math.

Several hundred teachers, principals and school administrators took part in a live Internet chat with Duncan.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill last month that requires a yet-to-be-created state panel to begin reviewing Common Core standards by January. Any changes, which must be approved by the state Board of Education and the independent Education Oversight Committee, must be implemented by the 2015-2016 school year.

Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, an outspoken critic of Common Core, disagrees that South Carolina has set low standards.

“I believe you should have high standards and you should have high expectations, but what the federal secretary fails to realize is that education is a state responsibility not a federal responsibility,” Grooms said Thursday. “A one-size-fits-all policy will bring ruin to this country.

___

Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide