Officials speak out on Common Core

As Ohio school districts prepare to implement new state academic standards known as the Common Core, local educators are forming their own opinions on the initiative that has sparked controversy across the U.S.

The Common Core is a set of college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in language arts and mathematics. The standards are meant to improve student’s ability to be ready for college and the workforce. As of today, 44 of the 50 states have adopted Common Core standards.

Recently, Indiana became the first state to opt out of the initiative, citing the cost to adopt the program and the fear that the national education standard will dictate curriculum as reasons for doing so.

Common Core is technically not a federal mandate. It was developed by the National Governor’s Association, and the curriculum and materials used to support Common Core will be led entirely at the state and local levels.

For Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner, the problem with Common Core is not the actual standards themselves, but in the tests students will take to determine how effectively the district has taught the standards.

“We are truly over-testing our kids,” Horner said. “We just need standards -- tell us what we need to get better at instead of making all these changes every few years.”

For the full story, see the Friday, April 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.