Phares maintains that that 15 percent represents a sizable chunk of input on the local level.
"It's my belief as someone who was a local superintendent, and it's the belief of many, that our teachers played a significant role in forming these standards," Phares said.
"We didn't want them to feel like it was something pressed on them from the outside so on every level the standards had input from teachers."
Phares also tried to put some distance between the standards and the Obama administration, which has been pushing their adoption. Nearly all of the criticism of the standards has come from conservatives in the political sphere while there has been relatively little controversy surrounding Common Core in the education community.
"We couldn't have afforded to do this work on our own, developing (the standards), so we used the consortium's work," Phares said. "But the actual initiative didn't begin with the Obama administration. They tied their coattails to it . . . but we were on board far before that."
Delegate Mary Poling, Education Committee chairwoman, defended the new standards, saying the goals of the national initiative lined up too closely with West Virginia's homegrown standards to be cause for alarm.
"It was my understanding that West Virginia has been in a constant state of developing curriculum," she said. "And when it came to Common Core, it was just making it align with what we were already doing . . . and we found that what we had was actually closely aligned to what Common Core is doing."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.