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Published: Wednesday, May 15 2013 5:20 p.m. MDT

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

@Momma C

DNews did report on the "huge" news. I found it covered in two or three sentences on the article talking about the convention where they chose to keep the current caucus system as is. Everyone expected the Convention was going to adopt some anti-common core agenda because it was the Republican convention.

Getting rid of the Common Core would be highly disruptive to testing and accountability if the legislature forces the elected school board to change course. The state has been in transition using the higher/different standards for two years. Next year the state will have fully adopted common core and have wasted millions on computer adaptive testing tied to common core. The state will have to pony out more money to realign the tests to the old standards.

What the legislature should do is nothing. They should stop meddling in education EVERY year. Kids thrive on consistency. Leave education alone for a long period of time and the results will be better than if we change standards/testing every year like we currently do.

Bountiful, UT

The Common Core did not come from the government. It came from the fact that some kid could take Algebra in Virginia, move to Utah, and as his math teacher I would have no idea what he'd learned because Algebra in Virginia meant something different than it did in Utah. Most states are still using the traditional Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II format. Utah chose to go a different route that uses a spiraling curriculum. It's the same content, but they've all been combined together, and then it gets deeper and deeper each year. It does a great job of helping students think for themselves (maybe that's why so many of these groups are against it) instead of having formulas drilled into them, and helping them see the connections between subjects that before seemed unrelated.

Again, participation was voluntary. Yes, there have been implementation issues, but once they're all worked out it will be better for students. Students can still take an accelerated track, though it does leave something to be desired as far as helping the struggling student (never been too big of a priority for our legislature).

Please legislature, stay out of education.

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