Shane Vander Hart
I had a Eastern Iowa resident contact me last week to discuss a tele-townhall he participated in with Governor Terry Branstad. He said he was asked about the Common Core and Branstad replied, “I rejected the Common Core.” During his press conference on Monday when he discussed progress made on the education reform package passed last year. Branstad said he’s “tried to make it extremely clear that Iowa has our own standards…”
Yes we have the Iowa Core which consists of math, English language arts, social studies, science, and 21st Century learning skills. During the Iowa House Education Committee meeting Rosie Hussey, the president of the Iowa State Board of Education and Dr. Brad Buck, director of the Iowa Department of Education, shared a presentation on the Iowa Core and Common Core and indicated that for Iowa’s math and ELA standards, Iowa has added 15%, but Common Core is the base.
So 85% of our standards were written by outside groups.
If you read through Governor Branstad’s executive order there is no rejection of the Common Core.
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