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Common Core Standards on agenda

The South Dakota Board of Education will get its first opportunity to discuss the Common Core State Standards when it meets Sept. 28 in Chamberlain. Staff from the Office of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education will present the board with an overview of the standards in English language arts and math.

While adoption of the Common Core is voluntary, it is a key part of the four pillars of reform being advanced by the current administration in Washington, D.C. States that adopt the Common Core could enjoy a competitive edge when applying for federal grants.

As the Common Core State Standards were developed over the last year, South Dakota has provided feedback to the two organizations leading the initiative: the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. Educators across South Dakota had several opportunities to provide input regarding content, rigor and developmental appropriateness of the Common Core. Feedback received at the state level was mostly positive.

The board is expected to move the Common Core Standards to public hearing, which would take place in December.

“Now that we know the SMARTER Balanced Consortium will receive funds to develop an assessment aligned to the Common Core, I believe that we’re ready to move forward,” Secretary of Education Tom Oster said. “The assessment piece has been a big question for me all along.”

Also on the board’s agenda: a public hearing regarding changes to Administrative Rule on end-of-course exams and technical institute business. Click here for complete agenda.