Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia has asked the state board of education to review the Common Core State Standards. The governor, a Republican, indicated he is particularly concerned about certain suggested readings with the English/language arts portion of the standards.
In a letter, dated Aug. 15, he said he wants a “formal evaluation” of the standards and a comparison between the common core and Georgia’s previous content standards.
Gov. Deal, along with state schools Superintendent John Barge, has been supportive of the standards, which the state school board adopted in 2010. But there has been considerable agitation against the standards from conservative groups in the state.
In July, the state dropped out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia developing tests aligned to the common core. Georgia officials cited the additional costs the tests would bring to the state.
A version of this article appeared in the August 28, 2013 edition of Education Week as Ga. Governor Requests Common-Core Review