After being implemented in New Hanover County schools for two years, educators are reacting to the promised repeal of the Common Core Standards.
Governor Pat McCory promised Wednesday to sign off on the bill that would repeal the K-12 standards in North Carolina.
It also demands the State Board of Education come up with new ones or revise/rewrite the current ones. An advisory board would make the recommendations on those new requirements.
Common Core will be stay in place until the new standards are approved.
Catherine Edmonds who teaches high school English in New Hanover County, said she doesn't understand the change.
"I don't understand why, we haven't had Common Core but for a few years, I would like to see it play out a little more before we move on to something else," Edmonds said. "It bothers me that we have spent a lot of money implementing Common Core, and getting teachers trained, and all the tests and now that is all for naught. I don't understand, why aren't going to give it at least a little more time."
Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said New Hanover County Schools used federal money and their own to put the Common Core standards into place.
"Any time you implement a new set of standards there is training that goes with it and there is cost in time, manpower and money," Markley said.
He said he is optimistic the repeal will not bring a drastic change.
"I am cautiously optimistic as we are heading forward that the standards will get revised somewhat but not a major overhaul, not something that would cost an inordinate amount of money to re-train in those standards," Markley said. "The name might change but I don't think the basic underpinnings of those new standards will change. Indiana went through a Common Core repeal and then their new standards looked a lot like the old ones, I would expect we would be similar with some minor adjustments."
He said he has heard both good and bad things about the Common Core from his teachers. One of the complaints he said he heard from teachers him is the increase in testing. He said he hopes that is scaled back as new standards are decided.
"If we can scale it back on the testing, I think everyone will be happy, we need to test to assess where we are at, but we have gone to such an extreme that in some cases it is interfering with what we are doing in the classroom," Markley explained.
Markley said he hopes other aspects of the Common Core, like the high standards, remain.
"I'm just hoping we don't lose some of the benefits that come with it," he said.
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