The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 3, 2013

State education department hosts meeting on Common Core standards

From staff reports

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Representatives of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday night hosted an informational session on the Common Core State Standards.

The meeting, held at the Kraft Administration Center in Springfield, drew about 200 people from Southwest Missouri, including teachers, principals, school administrators, school board members and parents. Meetings were also held simultaneously in each of the state’s other congressional districts.

The meeting also drew a large crowd of people who oppose Common Core, which is expected to be implemented in the state by 2015. At times argumentative, they said they opposed Common Core largely because of the role they think the federal government has played in its creation and implementation.

The state department and those with Common Core have said the federal government played no role in creating or implementing the standards.

Common Core is a set of learning standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the subjects of English language arts and mathematics. Developed by a consortium of states, the standards have been adopted by 45 states, including Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma in 2010.