Common Core State Standards
Cutting the money will ensure Missouri's partnership with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ends.
Members voted 7-5 Tuesday to keep Columbia schools language arts coordinator Nick Kremer.
Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order for about two weeks to block Missouri from giving taxpayer dollars to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Missouri Board of Education gathered opinions during a public hearing Monday about the work of parent and educator groups that are revising Common Core standards. The eight groups, appointed by the Missouri legislature, have until October 2015 to revise the federal education standards for Missouri.
A law passed in May requires educators and parents to rewrite learning benchmarks for each grade to replace the standards adopted in the Common Core.
Often the people who call Common Core into question later admit to me that they have not read a single standard for themselves.
Tests at the classroom, district and state level in Columbia Public Schools will have to accommodate new academic standards and the skills-based, critical-thinking focus of Common Core.
Rather than having curriculum that forces teachers to race through facts and loads of content, the Common Core State Standards emphasize adjusting curriculum to help students learn more practical and critical-thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines.
In the past year, Columbia Public Schools has focused on revising its curriculum to adhere more closely to the Common Core State Standards, which stress practical skills and in-depth learning.