Mich. house approves Common Core education standards

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Michigan moved a step closer Thursday toward continuing to implement more rigorous and uniform education standards that supporters say will improve classroom teaching and better prepare students for college, but delayed deciding whether companion standardized tests should also take effect.

With days to spare before a new state budget begins, the Republican-led state House approved a resolution that would lift a “pause” on new national math and reading standards that have become contentious since their adoption by the state education board three years ago. The measure now goes to the GOP-controlled Senate, which is expected to hold hearings next week but not act before the new fiscal year.

The Common Core standards adopted by 45 states – and developed by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers – demand critical thinking and problem solving that backers say will move Michigan away from the current system that does not allow kids to focus on “core” concepts and instead gives them a surface-level education that is uncompetitive with other countries.

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