MADISON (WKOW) -- A select Assembly committee set up to review the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for education recommends that implementation of them should be continued, but with a few tweaks.
The committee released the following recommendations, after holding four public hearings and getting input from hundreds of education professionals and citizens across the state:
1. The legislature should modify current law to ensure the privacy of student data.
2. The legislature should restrict the collection of biometric student data.
3. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) should create a STEM-based addendum to Wisconsin 9-12 standards.
4. The legislature should affirm the existing authority of Wisconsin K-12 public school boards to: - Choose and adopt their own local academic standards.
- Choose and adopt their own curricular materials.
- Choose and adopt their own instructional methods.
5. The legislature should establish a statutory process for the continued review and adoption of model academic standards that reasserts legislative control and includes substantial public input. That process should include review and consideration of Wisconsin's prior revision attempts, incorporating the mathematic and English language arts standards that were revised and completed in 2009. Additionally, the process should begin with a review of mathematics and English language arts standards.
6. The legislature urges DPI to refrain from adopting any Common Core-related or any other curricular materials. These decisions are best left to local school boards.
7. The legislature should aggressively oppose any direct or indirect effort by the federal government to further intrude into Wisconsin K-12 education. Academic standards shall be adopted locally, without federal interference, and statewide assessments shall be adopted at the state level, upon the approval of the legislature.
8. Wisconsin is best served by creating Wisconsin-based educational standards.
DPI Superintendent Tony Evers released the following statement in reaction to the recommendations:
"We will need to take some time to review the recommendations that have just been released. Adopting and implementing higher standards is about providing more opportunities for students to succeed. Wisconsin school leaders agree, the Common Core set a much higher bar for what students need to know and be able to do to succeed in college and career. Higher standards and better tests lead to improved instruction by educators, more information for parents, and provide greater opportunities for all students."
The Assembly Select Committee On Common Core State Standards will vote on the recommendations Thursday morning.
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