June 18, 2014

New state math, English standards still not clear

By Annette Tait

arents and community members are still not sure what the new North Dakota state math and English language arts standards entail, and how those standards relate to teaching and assessment of student progress. Interest and concerns were made very clear at the June 11 Center-Stanton Public School Board meeting, with a number of parents and community members attending to hear a presentation by Steve Cates. Cates contacted the school board to request to be placed on the agenda to share his concerns that the nationwide move to Common Core standards is a step closer to what he referred to as “systemic educational reform.”
“I wanted to give you a bigger picture of this. It was not state-led, it was not locally designed,” Cates said. “You can be educated about it, you should look into it, talk to your legislators. If you lose your local control, this is problematic.”
CSPS Superintendent Curt Pierce noted that, when the standards were introduced, North Dakota educators were a part of the process to determine if they were to be adopted by the state.

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