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State Panel Doesn’t Scrap Common Core as Expected
WRAL North Carolina
The Academic Standards Review Commission, launched by North Carolina lawmakers last year, recommended on Friday against adopting new math standards to replace the Common Core. Instead, the committee put forward general revisions to build on the state’s current academic criteria, which will be presented to the North Carolina Board of Education. The committee’s recommendation reinforces the value of high, consistent education standards. Mike Petrilli, president of the Fordham Institute, wrote last year, it’s impossible to draft college- and career-ready standards that look nothing like the Common Core because Common Core State Standards build on the best evidence of what students need to know and be able to do.

Ending the Common Core Mandate
Rapid City Journal
U.S. Senator John Thune writes that the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act will reverse the trend of “big-government, one-size-fits-all approach to education.” The new law “puts an end” to any federal mandates that states use Common Core State Standards. “States will now be able to determine their own academic standards and assessments without the heavy hand of the national school board that is the U.S. Department of Education.” In South Dakota, the ESSA will ensure local officials continue to have full control of the state’s Common Core State Standards by ending “what has long been an Achilles Heel of Common Core: federal entanglement through Race to the Top.”

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Major Signature Hurdle Cleared by Seven Ballot Campaigns
Western Massachusetts Republican
Massachusetts’ Secretary of State confirmed Friday a petition to include a vote on repealing the state’s Common Core Standards received enough signatures to include on next year’s ballot, the State House News Service reports. “With our initiative petition, we’ve started the process to return to our proven pre-2010 Massachusetts standards,” said Donna Colorio, head of the ballot initiative. Here’s where Colorio got it wrong:

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What Happened to the Common Core Debate?
The Atlantic
Common Core State Standards have “hardly been” the decisive issue on the 2016 campaign trail that many critics heralded. “Perhaps it was the sentiments tied to the rhetoric rather than the standards themselves causing trouble,” the article notes, adding several candidates continue to support the standards, even if they avoid the term “Common Core.” Additionally, much of the backlash has been “propelled primarily by ideology and politics.”

Education Officials Agree, Every Student Succeeds Act Gives Flexibility to Improve Public Schools
New Orleans Advocate
Louisiana education officials say passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act will ensure state and local authorities have more flexibility to improve public schools. “It is very positive that Congress has formally clarified that issues of standards, testing and accountability are the domain of the states,” said State Superintendent John White. “The issue that the federal government is trying to take over public education is clearly put to bed,” added Conrad Apple, chairman of the State Senate Education Committee.

PARCC Tests Show Poor Participation
Loveland Reporter-Herald
The results from Colorado’s first administration of PARCC assessments show a high number of students opted-out, which is unfortunate because the tests will provide better information for parents and teachers, the editorial board writes. The tests “continue the process of having accountability not only for teachers, but for the curriculum and administration of the local schools… But for the tests to be an effective tool, parents should encourage their children to take part — and the state should stick with the current system long enough for the data to be meaningful.”