Jefferson City School District Supports Common Core Compromise

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, April 10 2014 Apr 10, 2014 Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:47:00 PM CDT April 10, 2014 in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District told KOMU 8 News it is glad the legislature decided Thursday not to scrap three years of hard work in implementing the Common Core State Standards.

The standards outline what each student should be able to master at each grade level. Many Missouri districts, including Columbia and Jefferson City, began implementing the standards in 2010.

Those districts have been preparing students to take exams next year through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The tests are online exams and use the common core standards to develop the performance tasks students will encounter on the tests.

The Common Core standards have been adopted in 45 states, but have been controversial nationwide. Some conservative lawmakers have said the standards are streamlined for everyone and undermine the control of local school boards and parents. Some lawmakers and educators have also expressed concern the standards may be too rigorous.

Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-St. Charles, sponsored legislation in the current session to block the use of the standards in Missouri, unless they could be approved by the General Assembly. 

The House retreated from a full repeal, though, Thursday and passed legislation to ask districts to proceed with the smarter balanced testing next year.

The legislation would require DESE to set up 14-member panels, known as work-groups. The work groups would be made up of lawmakers, education officials and teachers.

A total of four panels would study the core subjects of English, math, reading and science in grades K-5. Four panels would also study those subjects for grades 6-12.

The panels would convene for work on Oct. 1 and would have a year to study what would work best for standards. The panels could elect to use parts of Common Core.

By Oct. 2015, the panels would submit their work to the state's board of education. The board would implement new standards in the 2016-2017 school year.

Jefferson City Public Schools' Superintendent for Staff Services Dr. Gretchen Guitard said she welcomes the plan and sees it as a compromise.

"It would be very disappointing for hundreds of teachers to think that all of the work and conversations and the planning that went into our common core standards would be halted," Guitard said. 

The House sent the legislation over to the Senate Thursday.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The MU Board of Curators will vote and set the tuition Monday for the 2019-2020 school year. ... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:01:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council will address an ordinance Monday on whether to approve of a special August election... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 2:41:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
MARSHALL - A standoff between Marshall police and an armed man ended without injury. According to a news release,... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:53:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - The city of Rocheport honored two men on Sunday whose legacy has stretched across the state of Missouri.... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:09:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking to social media to spread awareness of National Safe Boating Week... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:36:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
9am 69°
10am 71°
11am 73°
12pm 75°