- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s school board voted Friday to review the state’s adoption of Common Core education standards and repeal the use of a related test for high school students.

The move came after Republican Gov. Gary Herbert asked the board to drop both measures of student performance.

Herbert told members of the Board of Education that Common Core has been controversial since Utah adopted it in 2010 without hearing enough public input.

Last week, the governor called for a repeal of Common Core and the SAGE test, even though he spent years defending the education standards.

His reversal came as he faces an election challenge against Republican Jonathan Johnson, who has pushed to drop Common Core.

“It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong - we’re past that,” Herbert said at the board meeting, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “Somehow we’ve got to find a way to resolve this controversy and come together.”

The school board voted to start a deep review of the standards, though the Legislature must set aside extra money to pay for it, according to the Deseret News.

The board also voted to stop requiring high school students in grades nine through 11 to take the computer-based SAGE test, which aligns with the Common Core standards. It would be replaced with the ACT college readiness exam that students take in their junior year.

The Legislature would also have to approve that change because grades measuring public school performance and parts of state law are based on the SAGE test.

Herbert told the board that his new opposition to Common Core and SAGE is not political.

His re-election campaign told The Associated Press last week that the governor is calling for repeal now because a federal law passed in December limits Washington’s ability to encourage states to adopt Common Core and other standards.

Common Core was developed in 2009 by a bipartisan group of governors and state school officials aiming to replace a patchwork of education standards around the country.

Critics say the standards are an inappropriate federal overreach in which states have lost control and are coerced into adopting Common Core to receive federal funds.



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