BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A review panel formed in response to the controversy over the Common Core education standards is nearing the end of its work, considering a plan that would have Louisiana change 21 percent of the English and math standards used in public schools.
Created last year by state lawmakers, the standards review committee meets Tuesday in New Orleans to make final decisions on which of the Common Core education standards that have been adopted by the state education board should be kept, tossed or tweaked.
About 100 educators, broken into subject matter subcommittees, spent about six months on the work. They’re recommending 18 percent of English standards be changed across grades and 26 percent of math standards.
Regina Sanford, a St. Tammany Parish schools assistant superintendent and chair of the review committee, said the standards being proposed fit the needs of Louisiana’s students, taking into account public input and developmental appropriateness.
“We reviewed each and every standard, not once, not twice, but many times over. It was a very rich, deep conversation,” Sanford said.
Among the changes, committee members propose adding requirements that children learn financial literacy at an earlier age, like how to count money. Examples of specific curriculum requirements, like specifying that students read a play by Shakespeare, are proposed for removal, committee leaders said.
If approved Tuesday, the reworked standards would go to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for consideration in March.
Whatever is adopted by the education board heads next to the state House and Senate education committees and the governor for review. But lawmakers and the governor can only accept or reject the package of revised standards, not make individual changes.
The Common Core standards have been adopted by more than 40 states to better prepare students for college and careers. Opponents say the standards are developmentally inappropriate and part of federal efforts to nationalize education.
Some Common Core critics have said the review work has largely been a rubber stamp to keep the multistate standards in place.
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