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Georgia to create own education standards

1:14 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge decided to withdraw from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Georgia will develop their own assessments for English language arts and Math, but they still have the Common Core national standards in place. American Principles in Action is urging Deal and Barge to withdraw from them as well.

"The withdrawal from PARCC is a good first step in reasserting the sovereignty of Georgia citizens over our students' education," said Jane Robbins, a resident of Stone Mountain and senior fellow at APIA. "But PARCC was only part of the problem. As long as our students are still subject to the mediocre Common Core national standards, they will lack the benefit of world-class standards controlled by Georgians, for Georgians."

APIA believes that Georgia must create their own standards in a transparent process with full participation by Georgia parents and educators. They insist that education should not cater to private interests and the federal government, but be controlled by state.

Private associations own the Common Core and developed the standards. The federal Department of Education required states' commitment in order to qualify for 2009 stimulus money prior to the standards, and tests, being developed.

Through the same program, it also required states to commit to the collection of massive amounts of student and family data.

"As long as the Common Core national standards remain in effect in Georgia schools, we will have to administer a Common Core-aligned test," said Robbins. "Whether that test is PARCC or something else, the deeper problem remains. We urge Governor Deal and Dr. Barge to help solve the problem by endorsing legislation that will withdraw the state from Common Core, any national tests, and any intrusive data-tracking scheme."

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