Common Core no more: Colorado school district goes own way for academic standards

Friday, August 9, 2013
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A Colorado school district has passed a resolution opposing the federal Common Core standards for education because board members believe those standards are too low.

Ben DeGrow of the Colorado-based Independence Institute says the Douglas County school board passed the resolution because it doesn’t want federal bureaucrats to determine what's best for Douglas County students.

“They definitely deserve praise for that,” says DeGrow, noting that the recommended standards in Common Core are actually the “floor” for academic standards.


On the school district’s website, the school board reported it unanimously passed a resolution opposing Common Core in favor of its own criteria because its standards are “more rigorous, more demanding, more thorough, and reflect higher expectations and aspirations for our students than any national standard now in existence, including the Common Core Standards."

Working alongside teachers for the past year, board members developed their Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum which they say better meets the needs of local students than do the Common Core Standards.

“Douglas County is saying that they want to strive for highest academic standards and expectations possible for their students, and the Common Core is not appropriate to meet those standards for them,” DeGrow tells OneNewsNow.

He adds the school district should be lauded for “aiming for world-class standards.” 

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