North Carolina legislators have introduced a proposal that would require their state to examine national Common Core education standards. Over the last few years, North Carolina and 44 other states signed on to the Common Core, a list detailing what children should know in math and English for grades K-12. About a dozen states are now taking a second look, as policymakers and citizens raise concerns.
The proposed legislation “would authorize lawmakers to create a study committee that would ask questions [about the Common Core] that have not been answered to anyone's satisfaction,” said Terry Stoops, director of education studies at the John Locke Foundation. These questions include, “Are Common Core standards quality standards? How much will it cost to implement common standards and tests? Ho