…on education reforms
Carroll County commissioners (from left to right) Dave Roush, Doug Howard, Haven Shoemaker and Richard Rothschild listen to a presentation during the commissioners forum on the Common Core State Standards Monday
The Carroll County Board of Education is asking the state delegation to support an expanded timeline for the implementation of state-mandated education reform initiatives, including the Common Core State Standards, during the upcoming General Assembly.
In a letter to State Sen. Joe Getty, the board reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the reform initiatives, including the Common Core, PARCC Assessments, and teacher and principal evaluations.
But the board also said there is waning public support to implement the initiatives, due in part to “significant misinformation regarding the reform’s scope and the extent of local control we have implementing the reform efforts.”
To address the issue, the board has requested the delegation support a number of positions during the upcoming legislative session, including:
• Ensure that full public awareness and participation is embedded into the process prior to approving additional mandates for curricular changes.
• Expand the timeline for implementation of additional academic standards connected to science and social studies include sufficient time and resources to provide teachers with the professional development needed to learn best practices for instruction.