Wisconsin Considering Changes to Common Core Education Standards

Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

A report on recommendations for changes to the Common Core education standards in place in Wisconsin is scheduled to be released and voted on this week.

The Associated Press reports that a special Assembly committee created by Republicans earlier this year to study the standards plans to release its report on Wednesday and then vote on it Thursday.

Conservatives have sharply criticized the standards that are supposedly designed to improve instruction in math and English. Critics say the standards are weak and the government is collecting too much information about students.

But backers of the federal program say Common Core is a vast improvement over what Wisconsin previously had and that concerns are overblown. Common Core standards are in place in 45 states.

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