Representative Bell joined his colleagues in the House this week to exercise North Carolina’s constitutional authority over academic standards by replacing Common Core with age-level and developmentally appropriate curriculum. An appointed 11-member advisory board, in cooperation with the State Board of Education, will bring together teachers, principals, parents and subject matter experts to develop standards that will replace Common Core. The new statewide academic standards are expected to be among the highest in the nation, enabling North Carolina students to succeed academically and professionally.
North Carolina schools began implementing Common Core in 2010 as part of a national movement. However, statewide efforts to repeal Common Core standards soon followed when parents and educators found that it’s related testing requirements and teaching methods to be confusing and often age-inappropriate.
The bill passed this week is a compromise between similar House and Senate versions. The final bill allows the advisory board to consider keeping parts of Common Core if they believe they serve the best educational interests of North Carolina students. Current standards will remain in place until the new standards are completed.
The passage has already been lauded by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce who has long fought to bolster the state’s workforce with higher educational standards. The measure now goes to Governor McCrory for final approval.