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Posted at 5:19 PM ET, 06/22/2010

Md. adopts 'common core' standards

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Board of Education Tuesday adopted academic standards for reading and math that are part of a state-led movement to unify instruction in those subjects across the country.

The unanimous vote by the board now requires new teacher training and standardized tests and will eventually affect all of the state’s 844,000 students.

The standards, called the common core, were released in their final form earlier this month and are part of a national effort to improve public education. Current standards and tests vary from state to state. All states except Texas and Alaska signed on to the initial effort to develop the standards last year, but it is not yet clear how many states will actually adopt them. D.C. plans to adopt them later this summer; Virginia does not plan to, saying that its current standards serve it better.

Maryland endorsed the standards last month but did not officially adopt them because they were not available in their final form. The state will now rewrite its curriculum — which articulates precisely how teachers will teach the standards in its curriculum — a process that will likely take a year. Portions of the new standards will show up in classrooms in the 2011-12 school year, said William Reinhard, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Education, but a precise timetable has not been set.

--Michael Birnbaum

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 5:19 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  education, maryland board of education  
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Could we have some sanity in public education.

Maryland does quite well in the nation in the national standardized tests.

We do not need each state with standardized tests. We need cheaper standardized tests so that educators have more money to spend on teachers instead of spending money on pieces of paper.

The Federal government should formulate standardized tests and give them free of charge to the states and the curriculum.

This makes more sense instead of 50 states duplicating the effort of developing standardized tests. In Reading and Mathematics let the Federal government expand the current National tests to yearly tests. This is what the national government does in other nations.

Every dollar saved in this way can be used for teachers and expenses that actually directly help students to learn.

This could be an option that most will take part in since it will save states so much money.

Posted by: bsallamack | June 29, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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