The Senate Education Policy Committee is expected to decide Wednesday whether to approve a polarizing bill that could give the Alabama Legislature final approval for curriculum and repeal the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.
CCRS originated from the Common Core Standards Initiative, which was developed in 2010 by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to improve college and career preparation, and to provide consistent state-to-state curriculum.
Forty-five states have adopted common core standards in math and English language arts for grades K-12. Texas, Virginia, Minnesota, Alaska and Nebraska have not joined the consortium, which provides basic standards many states have customized into specific math and English guidelines.
The Alabama Board of Education voted 7-2 in 2010 to adopt the common core standards, and re-adopted and renamed them as the CCRS in 2011 by a 6-3 decision. The new math coursework was implemented in August 2012, and the revamped English courses will take effect during the 2013-14 school year.
The Alabama standards are “designed to give our students a boost by connecting their math and reading in the classroom to real-word problem-solving and career application,” according to Dr. Eric G. Mackey, executive director of School Superintendents of Alabama. “Standards for Alabama students are carefully crafted and selected by teams of educators and parents. (They) decided to combine the best of Alabama’s prior standards with the best of the common core standards.”