CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & 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.