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Portland School Board Member Questions Common Core

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A retired teacher and Portland Public School (PPS) Board member cautions the district against focusing too heavily on the new Common Core Standards.

Steve Buel will present a proposal at Wednesday night’s school board meeting that, among other things, calls for PPS to “take a legislative position that the state should suspend the implementation of Common Core for a period of at least three years and until this untested mandate has received adequate research and been field-tested.” The proposal also urges the district to inform parents about their right to opt out of Common Core testing and asks the administration to convene a committee to assess the validity of the new standards and their implementation within PPS. 

Oregon is one of 45 states that have adopted the Common Core Standards. Schools are still in the process of transitioning to the new standards and all public school students in the state will be tested on them in the 2014-2015 school year.

What questions do you have about the Common Core Standards? What do you think of Buel’s proposal?

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