“Wait, wait… I thought Governor Branstad has rejected the federal Common Core?”
“What we’re saying is this: We want to make sure this is an Iowa academic standard and the needs of our state are not going to be dictated by the federal government, and we believe what we did was clarify what the Iowa Core is all about, and that is the state academic standards,” Branstad said Thursday as he was leaving a conference at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.
“What we need to have is a uniform standard of what students need to know at each grade level, but in terms of how (local districts) teach them and the curriculum they use, that will be developed locally. The standard is just what is expected to be known, but how you teach it is a local determination.”
This is why I said the executive order was a positive step, but wanted to make sure everyone knew that this did not repeal the Common Core State Standards. Our fight is not over, and because of the misinformation floating out there about this executive order may actually be harder now.
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