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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SC School Board of Education Adopts National Standards

South Carolina's State Board of Education has finally  adopted new national standards for what students should master in math and English.

The Common Core Standards are new education guidelines created to form a more consistent elementary and high school curriculum for students in all 50 states. The goal is to have a single standard across the nation rather than each state having its own. 30 states have adopted the national standards.

The S.C. Board of Education took  a voice vote during its July 14 meeting. At least four board members voted against implementing the national standards: Brenan, Phillip Bowers, Libby Swad and Rock Hill's Britt Blackwell.

Common Core Standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, marking the first time states have collaborated to determine what students should know,

The new standards will be implemented during the 2013-14 school year, with planning and training carried out during the next two school years.

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