Support for ‘Common Core’

Support for ‘Common Core’

Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, W. Va.,: West Virginia’s continued progress toward implementing educational goals known as Common Core State Standards is the right move, despite complaints of critics who allege ominous motives for the program.

The main criticisms, advanced by tea party groups, appear to be unfounded and basically discard the logical benefits of implementing the Common Core Standards in West Virginia.

Fortunately, the state’s Department of Education is moving ahead in developing, adopting and implementing the standards.

There’s no question that West Virginia’s schools and students must improve their performance. The state lags most other states in most educational achievement rankings. Adoption of the Common Core State Standards should allow the state’s educational system to benefit from best practices and proven strategies from around the country.

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