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Senate Committee Votes to End Common Core

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, April 27, 2016

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 826, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), which would replace the current Michigan State Standards with the academic standards in effect in Massachusetts during the 2008-2009 school year. The Michigan State Standards have been in place since 2010 and are based on the Common Core State Standards that were developed by a consortium of states and education professionals.

The current standards are strongly supported by business leaders and education leaders in Michigan, including MASB. They are rigorous career- and college-ready standards that provide appropriate benchmarks for all students. Walking away from these now would harm the schools and students who, six years later, would have to unnecessarily adjust to yet another set of standards.

SB 826 would eliminate all funding and resources for anything related to the current standards and require the State Board of Education to develop academic content standards independently, instead of as part of a multistate consortium. MASB opposes this bill. It would be detrimental to Michigan students and undo important progress that we have made in recent years.

Also, as we look to evaluate teachers and schools on student performance, consistent standards are the only way to obtain accurate results on student growth and achievement. We need to maintain certainty and consistency in our schools and we urge you to contact your Senator and ask that Michigan doesn’t change its standards again.

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