- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas panel tasked with reviewing the state’s education policies and standardized testing has concluded hearing nearly a week of testimony from teachers, testing coordinators and others.

The Governor’s Council on Common Core Review will conduct four more “listening tour” stops around the state before submitting its findings and recommendations about the in-state future of Common Core State Standards and its accompanying standardized testing program to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The standards, which state what students should know and be able to do, serve as the basis for curriculum, classroom instruction and testing.

They began as an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governor’s Association and have since been adopted by a large majority of the 50 states.

Hutchinson wants a preliminary report in the early summer and its final report by the fall. In March, he appointed the 16-member council composed of educators, business leaders and parents from around the state to evaluate the common core state standards in math and English/language arts.

“We’re ambitious and aggressive, and we’re going to have this whole thing wrapped up at the very latest at the end of June,” said Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who leads the council. “What I’d like to do is basically be ready to close it out as soon as the last listening tour stop is over.”

The last stop is June 18 in Fort Smith, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1JUraQz ) reported.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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