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West Virginia eyes dropping, replacing Common Core standards


Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Education suggests dropping educational standards based on Common Core and replacing them.

On Friday, state schools Superintendent Michael Martirano recommended getting rid of the K-12 Next Generation Standards for math and English, and implementing new standards. He also recommended less testing.

The proposed change follows months of community feedback sought by the department. It also precedes a state legislative session starting in January in which Republican legislative leaders have said repealing Common Core would be a top priority.

A news release says the new standards would give teachers more autonomy and flexibility, and emphasize problem-solving skills related to college, careers and life-needed skills.

The proposed changes will be up for public comment for 30 days. The state education board likely will vote in December.

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