Committee hears testimony on Common Core Standards

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - They're the standards that all schools follow to make sure your kids are on track with their learning. But over the past couple of months, Common Core Standards have come under fire.

The Common Core Standards were adopted by the state back in 2010, but now senators and representatives from across the state are hearing from concerned parents.

Wednesday night a committee from the Senate and the Assembly heard testimony from both sides on the issue in order to see if changes should be made down the road.

“As a parent I am getting clearer understanding of what’s expected knowing at the beginning of the year what my child should know at the end of the year,” Response to Intervention director Kathy Ryder said.

As a mom of three and former teacher, Ryder says she has seen the changes the standards have made with her kids over the past few years.

“Now you have an idea of what they should be learning, where they can go and where they can grow and I feel that parents feel that their kids are doing better than the standards now,” she added.

The Common Core Standards mean teachers are given more defined guidelines for math, English and literacy in subjects like science and history.

Those who came out to speak out against the standards say they aren’t doing a good enough job preparing kids for future careers.

“Our schools have become more of what to think than how to think we haven't taught people reason, we haven't taught them logic and it’s showing up in our world,” Education coordinator for the Wisconsin Campaign for Liberty Ken Van Doren said.

Van Doren went on to say the standards don't do enough to motivate teachers and they hurt students when it comes to testing.

“Our superstars aren't as super as they used to be. So that area of education needs to be addressed because these are our future scientists, doctors and engineers,” he added.

The Department of Public Instruction defends the Common Core standards, but with all the opinions swirling around on the subject, the chair of the Common Core Standards committee says they'll be keeping everything in mind moving forward.

“The committee will likely present a set of recommendations to be turned over to the legislature and then those recommendations would follow the legislative process if the legislature decides to act on them,” Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt from the 52nd Assembly district said.

Representative Thiesfeldt says if you weren’t able to provide your testimony to the committee in person there is an online form to submit it. We have a link to that form below.

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