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Common Core debate heats up as Senate deadline approaches

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A deadline to try and stop part of the Common Core curriculum is at a halt in the Senate right now.

Legislators are no closer to passing a bill that could change the curriculum and therefore it might not get passed in time to keep it from full effect next school year. If nothing is decided by May 1, the S.C. House would need a two-thirds vote to keep it in this year's session.

Of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, South Carolina is second to last. According to a report card from the American Legislative Exchange Council, only West Virginia trails behind us in "a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income students."

Common Core is designed to meet educational milestones. Although, there's debate on whether it's the right path to improvement.

"His grades in math started falling off," said one DD2 mother. "It just seemed like every problem that we knew the answer to immediately took 10, 15, 20 minutes to work through."

However, superintendent Joe Pye doesn't seem convinced that all of the criticism is specific to Common Core standards and not just the difficulty of school's curriculums.

"Some of the things people bring me and say it's Common Core, teacher will tell me 'no sir, we've been doing it this the last 10, 15 years,'" he said.

Only Kentucky has been using the standards for long enough to measure progress. News 2 did some digging and found significant improvements in Kentucky's graduation rate since Common Core.

College / Career readiness in Kentucky jumped to 54%, which is up from 34% before common core standards began in 2010.

Meanwhile six states have opted out of Common Core and legislators are rushing to meet Thursday's deadline that could stop some of the standards from starting here next school year.


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