Common Core standards for 2014-15 discussed

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Updated: 4/23/2014 3:28 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The controversial educational platform known as Common Core took center stage in Carson City on Tuesday.

New common core initiatives are close to entering classrooms state wide. On Tuesday, senators and members of the assembly are hearing arguments for both sides of the issue.

Federal Common Core standards are already being tested in Washoe and Clark counties. But a state-wide implementation plan set for next school year is already raising plenty of questions.

"Are these the right standards? There's some issues with that, they aren't tested," said Assemblyman Randy Kirner.

Today was the fourth meeting for the Legislative Committee on Education. Advocates of the new education system said it is a transition for the next generation of students. "Standards that are now asking students to now reach a deeper level of knowledge than they may have in the past," said Nevada Department of Education Board Member Steve Canavero.

Proficiency exams for grades 10-12 are being phased out in favor of end of course exams. New career and college readiness assessments are also set to enter the classroom, all by next school year.

"Many other states are stopping or slowing this and were not doing anything except moving full steam ahead," said John Appolito from Stop Common Core Nevada.

Opponents of the change said the system is moving into Nevada at a rapid rate. "I'd like to see them slow things down, look at the data collection, look at the SBAC testing and look at Common Core all together," added Appolito.

Assemblyman Kirner said Common Core tests inside the Washoe County School District are a prime example of successful implementation. These meetings come a year before the 2015 legislative session, where lawmakers have the ability to opt out of the federal program.

"I'm not quite sure where we'll end up going on the standards and curriculum and that kind of stuff," said Kirner. "I suspect there will be conversations about it, but it's hard to say where that would go."

"I certainly know there may need to be some clean up that we would like to do to ensure that we get it right and that were thoughtful in our approach," added Canavero.
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Mystified1 - 4/23/2014 5:04 PM
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I have talked to a lot of teachers and even the head of the teachers union and I have not met a single one that actually thinks common core is good. I just wonder if all of the fake accounts like "katy3rd, Donna3rd, carrie8th and karen4th" will be removed? It doesn't seem suspicious at all that they all have the same type of name....... totally seems legit....

JustTheFacts - 4/23/2014 11:10 AM
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To Nevadateacher - if the common core standards are so great, then why, recently did Coleman 'dumb' down the A.C.T.'s so they could align with what the children are learning in Common Core? I don't believe our children are being taught critical thinking, I believe they're being taught what to think - so they can pass the assessment tests. As John Eppolito suggested, Dr. Stotsky has offered her ELA standards (highest in the country) and Dr. Milgram has offered his Math standards. You're correct - what was being taught wasn't working. So why not adopt the high standards we already know work instead of Common Core where they "won't know if they work for 10 years". We'll lose another generation of kids by the time they figure it out.

Eppie - 4/23/2014 11:01 AM
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Nevadateacher, Because they are good for you they are good for every other teacher in the state/country? Speaking of evidence there is NO evidence CC will make our children college and/or career ready. If this were true the SAT would not have been dumbed down. I suggested starting with Stotsky's free, non-copy written standards based on the highest standards in the USA, Massachusetts standards. If you want to learn about CC take a look at,

Nevadateacher - 4/23/2014 10:52 AM
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I have been in the classroom teaching for the past 20 years. I believe that the new Common Core State Standards are the best thing that has happened to education in Nevada in a long time. With these standards, our students are being taught how to think critically and to analyze questions and information. They will be able to discuss a topic or question using evidence and reasoning. Don't we want our children to be good citizens and to thnk critically? Our students will be college and career ready when they graduate from any Nevada high school. If you want to have a better understanding of the CCSS go to the standards themselves and take a look at Many of the misconceptions about the standards can be addressed on that website. For those of you who oppose the new standards, what do you suggest instead? What we currently have in place is not working.

Eppie - 4/23/2014 10:50 AM
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teacherandmom, I gave the committee some suggestions. Dr. Stotsky is responsible for the highest standards in the country, Massachusetts'. These standards are proven and have propelled MA to the top on standardized testing. Stotsky has offered ELA standards based on MA standards, these standards would be free and are not copy written. Dr. Milgram has also offered non copy written math standards, that I think would also be free. CC was never about high standards, it is about COMMON standards and testing.

teacherandmom - 4/23/2014 10:36 AM
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I wonder why this story was posted before all at the meeting had a chance to speak. Seems to me that we would have a better understanding of this issue if we were able to hear both sides. I'm disappointed with you News4. I also wonder what the opponents suggest as the alternative to the Common Core. What we are doing now is clearly not working.

NearlyNative - 4/23/2014 10:06 AM
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First of all the punctuation errors in this article and stating the wrong name (or spelling of the name, makes a difference. ""Many other states are stopping or slowing this and were not doing anything except moving full steam ahead," said John Appolito from Stop Common Core Nevada." Should be,we're (not were) and John Appolito is John Eppolito. Second, I was also there. What I heard is an expensive re-write of much of what had already been in place in our schools. Enforced? That's an issue for another day. What I heard about "Social and Emotional" learning is as old as the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you). The biggest problem, in my humble opinion is the illegal over reach of the Federal Government. It is a violation of many laws and when you look deep enough (as Mr. Eppolito has)you'll find many agreements between multiple parties, both government and private that violate these laws.

JustTheFacts - 4/23/2014 8:59 AM
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To Justamom - I was in the same hearing all day also. How on earth can you say that Eppolito and Robbins couldn't substantiate their testimony? Did you hear their references - did you look any of them up? Our Governor signed this into law before the standards were even finalized. Any votes after that - knowing politicians - were signed without due diligence. (I know because those people confess they don't know about the 'other side' of Common Core.) You may think Common Core is great on the surface, but I guarantee you don't know the bad implications of what's coming. Shame on you for not doing your homework. Our kids deserve better.

Eppie - 4/23/2014 8:28 AM
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To learn more about Common Core visit, or

Carrie8th - 4/23/2014 7:04 AM
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With college remediation rates at nearly 50% once students graduate from college, I hope that everyone; teachers, parents, our community members, see the need for a change in education. As a middle school/ high school teacher for the past 14 years, CCSS has not changed the math we teach. I'm teaching the same topics I taught in 2000. What it has changed is the expectation that students understand the mathematics not just memorize a prodedure. Students interact with the content and feel a since of pride with their understanding. My students are excited to be in a math class where the teacher values creativity in solutions, not just the solution. This is the way we build critical thinkers and problem solvers. And please remember these students are our future, do you want our future leaders to be memorizers/followers or thinkers/doers?

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