Now retired, Bodnar said the intent was to have concise, explicit and easy-to-understand goals of what the students should achieve by the end of each grade year, from kindergarten through high school. Unaware of Boley's objections, Bodnar said the biggest hurdle may be helping teachers adjust their classroom approach to standards-based learning.
"The changes aren't really that dramatic," Bodnar said. "There are perhaps more expectations of kids, and more focus on what students need to do to improve achievement."
Associated State Superintendent Robert Hull said the opponents may be confusing standards with curriculum.
"That's still locally driven," Hull said. "The curriculum is all about how we are going to get there and what materials we are going to use."
Hull said he's also heard all manner of rumors about the data collection, very little of it true.
"The information we're talking about is nothing more than what we've always collected from students," Hull said. "The schools and the district own the data, and it is not shared outside of them. We'll know on a state level how schools and districts perform."
Critics of Common Core have had some successes elsewhere. Indiana has blocked the Common Core phase-in from continuing there for one year, pending a review. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order last month barring the collection of such information as religious and political affiliations of students and their families. The Republican governor noted that such personal information is not currently being collected, but said he wanted to guard individual rights.
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