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Students doing fine without Common Core

2013-12-30T00:00:00Z 2013-12-30T11:46:06Z Students doing fine without Common Core The Billings Gazette
December 30, 2013 12:00 am

I am not surprised to hear that Dennis Parman and Denise Juneau are "dismissing the complaints of Common Core opponents outright.” This particular mindset is actually the problem: a lack of transparency creating many contradictions.

This Dec. 15 article points out many of those inconsistencies and, instead of being more informed, I am left more confused. It is my understanding that Common Core was adopted in November 2011, but not implemented until July 2013. According to this article, it has been up and running for two years. Furthermore, if Common Core is locally led and not dictated from the top down, then OPI and our local schools are not on the same page.

While attending a recent meeting where SD2 was presenting the financial need for a school levy, SD2 Human Resource Director Jeana Lervick was asked why the district would choose to implement the untested, unpiloted, costly Common Core instead of using those funds to help offset costs needed to build new schools. Lervick responded that "They didn't have a say in the adoption of Common Core." What? I thought there was local control in this?

Lastly, the article states that Montana "had a lower standard of what proficient was compared to other states with more rigorous standards." However, according to the NAEP 2011 results, Montana students scored very high in math and science. I am so proud of Montana students and teachers! How wonderful that our students scored so well as this all happened before Common Core.

Tonya Shellnutt, state director

Concerned Women for America, Montana


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