South Carolina officials are not happy with new education standards which will take effect next year, saying the short window the state Education Department had to draft the benchmarks made them worse than the Common Core version they are supposed to replace.
State lawmakers this spring ordered the Department of Education to review the Common Core math standards and English and language arts standards by January 1. The law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley also requires the state Board of Education, Education Oversight Committee (EOC), and state legislature to adopt new standards by the 2015-2016 school year next August. The move came after conservative groups pushed to replace Common Core, which took full effect in the current 2014-2015 year.
But during an EOC briefing on Monday, some of the very people reviewing the new standards insisted the tight timeframe was only making things worse.
“Time was of the element,” said Debbie Barron, a Greenville County specialist who helped review the new English benchmarks. “That perhaps led us to an inferior set of standards.”