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State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano announced his plans and the timeline for a statewide academic standards evaluation process, which he undertook after the Legislature made a serious but unsuccessful attempt to repeal the state’s involvement in the Common Core.

public website to review and comment on the standards is now up and running. The comment period will end September 30.

Higher education staff at WVU will analyze data from the comments in October. At that point, the Southern Regional Education Board will coordinate with English/language arts content experts and math content experts, who include K-12 English and math teachers, WVU staff and other higher education stakeholders.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with West Virginia and 15 other member states (mostly in the South) to improve public education from pre-k through higher education.

State Board of Education members also want parents and perhaps community members involved in the standards review process so it’s clear there is no appearance of stacking the deck.   

The results of their review of the standards should be submitted to the state Department of Education by Nov. 30. In December, Martirano expects the results to be presented to the state Board of Education, at which point any revisions would be placed on public comment.         

During the regular legislative session, the House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a bill to immediately repeal the state’s alignment with Common Core, dubbed the Next Generation Content Standards. The Senate, however, wanted to study the standards for two years.

The two chambers were far apart on a compromise bill when the session ended March 14.

Opponents of repeal said throwing out Common Core would cost the state millions of dollars, hurt high-quality teaching and throw the state’s public education system into disarray. While teachers statewide continue to have real concerns about too much standardized testing in our schools, a full repeal could’ve saddled them with yet another do over on standards.            

Martirano outlined the review process during legislative interim committee meetings in early June and when the state Board of Education met in Charleston June 10.

Common Core foes told legislators that children are struggling to do their homework and said they continue to have concerns about student privacy. They also argue that the standards will not make students ready for college or a career.

State Department of Education officials have said that only aggregate data which does not identify students is collected and seen by the Smarter Balanced Consortium.