UPDATE: Common Core Tests In Ohio Will Continue

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Update: 7/6/2015 5:35 P.M.

In spite of efforts to abolish it, Common Core remains in Ohio.

So does the test for that controversial education program.

But the state budget signed into law last week changes the company which provided the test to Ohio's local schools.

Belpre City Schools was among those using it.

And while a school administrator says it dealt with the test, it admits there were some problems.

"This was spread out over quite a lengthy amount of time," says Bernie Boice, Director of Instruction. "So our biggest complication was the newness of the assessment, and the time it took to administer it."

A new company will oversee the testing process next year.

Parents, teachers and administrators statewide all expressed concerns about the test to state officials.

UPDATE 11/6/2014 4:25 PM

The push to repeal Common Core from Ohio classrooms.

The plan may just make it out of the House.

State Representative Andy Thompson co-sponsored the bill.

But this isn't just a Buckeye State issue.

Common Core is supported by a diverse coalition including teachers' unions and community and business groups.

But Representative Thompson says there's a grassroots effort to repeal it.

The measure is far from being law.

It still has to pass the full House and then the state Senate has to take it up.

And Thompson admits it's really aimed not at the state of Ohio, but at the federal government.

And with Republicans about to take control of the West Virginia Legislature, efforts at passing similar legislation are being made.

It's part of the Republican agenda in both the House and Senate, when the 2015 legislative session begins in January.

UPDATE 11/5/2014 6:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio House panel passed a Republican proposal to repeal Common Core learning standards in the state, sending it on to the full House.

The powerful House Rules and Reference Committee passed the measure 7-2 without making changes Wednesday, a day after the GOP won resounding election victories.

The hearing came as school districts across Ohio work to implement the standards, which are supported by a diverse coalition including teachers' unions and community and business groups.

The bill's sponsors say the legislation responds to widespread discontent from parents, teachers and communities about the standards.

Sponsoring Reps. Matt Huffman of Lima and Andy Thompson of Marietta have said Ohio made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the standards, and their legislation would reclaim state control over the process.

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UPDATE 8/18/2014 5:00 PM

Common Core remains the target of a legislative fight in Ohio about the best way to teach kids.

In Columbus Monday teachers said there is a lot of misinformation about these standards allowing a federal takeover of eduction.

The Common Core standard starts this school year for kindergarten through 12th grade in math and English.

Ohio house members proposed House Bill 597 to eliminate Common Core standards.

They're hearing testimony over the next three days and expect to introduce a bill in the house in November.

"Our children's jobs of the future depend on a better education. Now we are very grateful for the foresight of state leaders who committed the dollars and adoption of the Common Core standards. And we sincerely hope that this important work will not be undone," says Kirk Hamilton, with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

Those for the standard say it makes for a level playing field and prepares students for college, jobs and a global market.

Another case of the federal government versus the states.

The battle to repeal Common Core in the Buckeye State is being led by a state representative from Marietta.

What Common Core is, in a sentence, is a plan to bring primary and secondary education under one set of federal standards.

Rep. Andy Thompson says the problem with that is that different local schools have different educational issues.

Thompson and the bill's co-sponsor are among Republicans who have tried other measures to repeal the standards, citing widespread complaints from parents and even teachers.

And, he says, the planned federal standards are inferior even to those in other states.

"We have better standards that are tested and proven in the United States, whether it's English language and arts in Massachusetts, or even Math in California and Minnesota. We have better options for standards that have been tested and proven effective," he says.

The president of Ohio's Federation of Teachers opposes a repeal, saying school districts across the state are well on their way to implementing the standards.

The bill's co-sponsors say the state made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the standards, which at the time were required to get federal "race for the top" money.

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