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  • Grand Union Jun 5, 2014

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    The whole opposition from Republicans started after Obama said he approved of it.
    The Common core was created by States, many of whom had Republican administrations. The only real Federal intervention was offering extra money to states that picked it up. NC (under the GOP) took that money..........

    Yes some parents don't like their little darlings being tested but without tests there would be know way to know if a school is doing its job or that a kid needs more help with a subject. My kids never had problems with any of the standard tests, if anything they were way too easy.

  • Terry Watts Jun 5, 2014
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    "Common Core" is a Weapon of Mass Distraction.

    The whole point of this entire effort by the GOP is to take away control of Public Instruction away from the DPI (and the elected Supervisor) and give it to Political Appointees of the General Assembly.

  • hforbes482 Jun 5, 2014

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    Yes they can use the restroom...but other than that they get a 3 minute break every hour w/ no talking and little movement. At our elem. school the children had silent lunch and NO recess. For some children (middle school) they had 3 hours of regular testing and then another hour if the whole class was not finished. By my math that comes to over 4 hours of sitting quietly. (6 minutes of limited movement during breaks and the time it took sitting for tests to be handed our, instructions read, pencils and scrap paper handed out came to another 45 minutes which by my math is 4:45 of just sitting)
    All so our state leaders can "beat their chests". Children are terrified, sick to their stomachs and more than you think have complete anxiety attacks starting the day before the tests. Not worth it in my opinion.

  • lilloan Jun 5, 2014

    Terrible news. I am a registrar for a public university and we audit the curriculum for school districts across the country. Ultimately, changes to curriculum directly affect the marketability of diploma awardees in that it becomes more difficult to scale those individuals with those applicants from districts with a stable, well-defined curriculum. This will eventually make graduating North Carolina high school seniors less competitive for university degree program admissions across the country.

  • Carl Keehn Jun 5, 2014
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    Nope the standards are the standards. The curriculum is how you achieve the standards.

  • ChEPhD Jun 5, 2014

    There is no way that there is enough data at this point to determine Common Core's effect, good or bad. Relying on anecdotal evidence to make a hasty decision is exactly what a good education teaches you not to do.

  • iopsyc Jun 5, 2014

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    It's not clear what test you are referring to but, if necessary, students may use the restroom during EOG testing.

  • tjromano Jun 5, 2014

    My daughter flunked 1st grade and had to take it over because of common core and now you are telling me that you think it was a bad idea!!! My daughter finished kindergarten at the top of her class with no worries. They implemented common core at the beginning of 1st grade and my first teacher’s conference was to discuss the common core requirements and how my child is not meeting them!! We worked all year, three hours a day, to try and bring up her reading comprehension so she could pass but the standards were so high that she could not pass 1st grade. My other children told me “Mom we did not learn this until 3rd or 4th grade!” So basically now you are telling me that my daughter flunked and will be a year behind for the rest of her school experience because you now realize that it should not have been implemented!! And the kicker is: “North Carolina accepted $400 million in federal Race to the Top grants tied to implementing Common Core.” Ok let’s look at this fr

  • btammybullard Jun 4, 2014

    I am a teacher and I am sooo sick of this state's legislation. Ask a NC representative how many times they have VISITED a teacher's classroom. And when I mean VISIT, I mean sit for a while and watch all that we have to deal with. It is not just about Common Core. It is about everything else that goes with teaching. I worked hard this year to teach the Common Core standards. I have studied them and I have written the Common Core documents/resources for my county. I have been working with common Core three years before implementation and I know the standards. They are rigorous and they move students to collaborate and work together. They are good for our students. Repealing it is just another expensive ploy to say there is NO money for teacher raises. Go figure..... I guarantee teachers and teacher relatives will be VOTING out these republicans at the next election. Get ready legislatures... you are definitely gonna lose your tenture !!!!!

  • Mary Boehm Jun 4, 2014
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    It is a shame to make third grade kids sit very quietly for three hours and take a test. Kids can't go to the restroom or get water during this time. As adults could you sit for three hours and take a test without moving, looking around the room sometimes or just stopping to think. Kids should not have to sit so long.

  • iopsyc Jun 4, 2014

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    Absolutely false. The EOGs and EOCs are developed following best practices in the student assessment field. The Federal government requires that any test used for school accountability be valid and reliable. The EOGs/EOCs used in NC go through rigorous development and analysis to ensure they meet the requirements.

  • hforbes482 Jun 4, 2014

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    There have always been sight words. Sight words are the words that hold sentences together (and, the are just two examples) Teachers do teach children to sound out words but they children need the sight words so when they do sound out other words it makes sentences that they understand and can read faster which boosts their confidence in reading. My children learned 50 sight words in pre school. I have two sight readers but they still learned to sound out words.

  • aurevoir Jun 4, 2014

    People can say the "don't like" common core all they want, but the Common Core was partially modeled after the Massachusetts Frameworks for language arts and math. Guess which students perform consistently higher than their peers in other states and year after year score comparably with educational titans like South Korea and Finland: Massachusetts. So they've been using the standards for years, and the kids are doing well nationally and internationally, but the standards are "bad"?

    Not to mention that they pay their teachers like professionals--at least enough to pay back the loans it takes to pay for that "professional" degree--and REQUIRE advanced degrees too.

    Thanks for repealing the standards, general assembly. You've got a tough row to hoe if you plan on writing standards that can match the ones already in place. What are your degrees in again? Education? I guess since I think I know what a doctor does that it makes me qualified to write medical standards for hospitals.

  • firefalcon100 Jun 4, 2014

    "The standards are not a curriculum, but they do set out what students need to know and be able to do in order to graduate from high schools." Gosh.. that sure sounds like a curriculum to me.

  • cmargheim Jun 4, 2014

    Ridiculous. As a teacher, I can tell you that students will fail again next year. Why? Because there is no consistency in education anymore. New standards will mean teachers are forced to embrace a new curriculum with little to no training or resources. Common core isn't the problem, it's the [b]pacing[b] of the standards. Kids have no time to retain information. This is my first year teaching in NC, and as soon as my license allows, I'm moving to another state. NC is a terrible place for educators and students.

  • aurevoir Jun 4, 2014

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    I'm a teacher, and if your kid doesn't know what to study or doesn't have homework, that is because of the teacher, not common core. Common core doesn't tell teachers to leave out study guides or homework.

  • jnc67 Jun 4, 2014

    400 million dollars gone to waste. Who is going to pay for the re-written standards? Who is going to pay for the time teachers need to re-write curriculum (again0? Who is going to pay for the new, new-test? Tell me. Where is $400 million dollars (the amount given by RttT funds) going to come from?

  • NoKoolAid Jun 4, 2014

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    Amen!

  • clg1122 Jun 4, 2014

    Common Core isn't the issue. The test is the issue. EOGs, over testing,under funding for textbooks that meet the standards is the issue. How are we supposed to teach a new set of standards with no resources? Explain to kids who do their very best and do not pass these tests that take 3-4 hours that one test does not mean they are not intelligent? How is it even remotely developmentally appropriate for this state's 8-9 year old children to take a minimum of 4 state standardized tests this school year? Tests that require them to sit quietly in a room for hours? Why don't we focus on pulling back the testing then alter the curriculum? If we don't, we may lose another year to properly educate our third grade children so that the state can continue to collect so much data on them they never have a true chance to learn.

  • hforbes482 Jun 4, 2014

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    Thanks. I really feel for the teachers/students and as a parent I hate Testing and not Common Core. I know a lot of teachers who like Common Core. Teachers need some stability. But our children need stability even more. Why not just tweak things?

  • Kim Plucker Jun 4, 2014
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    We implemented common core......

  • Kim Plucker Jun 4, 2014
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    My first introduction to common core was the use of site words. I was pretty angry to learn that my child would not learn phonics which is the basic foundation for learning to read.

  • LetsBeFair Jun 4, 2014

    my kid's teachers have been complaining since day 1 about common core. The kids come home with no homework and half the time they dont know what to study for a test.

  • ++Ajax++ Jun 4, 2014

    many of you are getting calls today from your child's teacher that your child did not pass the eog. Common core is the reason. The test was designed to confuse.

  • Jackson Smith Jun 4, 2014
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    Who is Kim Fink and what gives her the right to speak on this issue? The Coastal Carolina Taxpayers are a Tea Party group based in Havelock NC. What do thy know about education and I can assure you they do not speak for me!!

  • Steve Sanders Jun 4, 2014
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    How about teaching kids to be able to sign their names! I took a young man the other day 16 yoa to the bank of open an account and the wrote his name out and the lady told him he needed to sign his name. He looked at her and said "they don't teach us that in school anymore!" This kid is a straight A student and has never been taught to sign his name! Sad and no excuse for the lack of education in our school systems!

  • Olenc Native Jun 4, 2014
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    It is insane how quickly the NCGA can move to make things worse.

  • curlyq619 Jun 4, 2014

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    Amen!!

  • curlyq619 Jun 4, 2014

    As a teacher, this is a terrible decision. All this is going to do is cause more headaches and confusion for our students and teachers.

  • hforbes482 Jun 4, 2014

    For once I agree w/ our gov. (and only once) The main problem parents have is with all the testing. (my 3rd grader spent a month doing nothing but testing this year) This testing was around b/f common core and will be around once common core is gone. Let's instead work to end the testing and stick with one method of teaching. Teachers and children need stability.

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Jun 4, 2014
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    I spoke with my kids teachers... and they are not pleased with the standards. So there are two solid votes towards a different method.

  • AppStgrad Jun 4, 2014

    So our state is facing a huge teacher exodus and shortage, and now they are going to try to complete a change as big as this in the midst of not being able to attract and retain quality teachers?!?! Who in their right mind would take a teaching job in NC right now? Who is going to be left to teach our children when the new year starts?!? And how will student receive a quality education with standards changing so frequently? Appalling and shameful actions by those who represent us!

  • leafan Jun 4, 2014

    there are a lot of folks displeased with the implementation of parts of the common core standards.

    I haven't met anyone yet that - once I explain and actually show them a standard for math, as an example - doesn't think the standards themselves are fine.

    Oh NC, what has happened to you??!

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