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Web Poll: Debate over Common Core education standards

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The debate over the Common Core education standards continues and News 3 wants to know what you think.

The standards, which create basic requirements for math and English language arts, have been embraced by dozens of states. The standards were developed under the leadership of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was a leader on the committee that created the benchmarks and pushed for Georgia to adopt them in 2010.

The federal government was not involved in creating the standards but has encouraged states to adopt them under its "Race to the Top" grant competition. Under the standards, third-graders should know how to add fractions and eighth-graders should understand the Pythagorean theorem.

Opponents of the plan have concerns over the federal government getting involved with state education standards.

Additionally, states like Georgia have concerns about the cost of the program. National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments. A consortium of state education leaders developing the test have set a ceiling of $18.50 per student for each of the English and math test in development. That's the first two subjects covered by Common Core. Georgia currently spends $8 to $9 per student on assessments.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says all decisions regarding curriculum and instruction shall be made at the local level and that no educational standards shall be imposed on Georgia by the federal government.

Alabama has adopted a plan that while different aligns with Common Core school stands.

Your Voice: Should education curriculum standards be purely decided on a state-level? Vote and comment. You could see your comment on News 3!

AP wire reports contributed to this report

  • Web Poll

  • Should education curriculum standards be purely decided on a state-level?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    56%
    36 votes
    No
    44%
    28 votes
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