Via Tampa Bay Times:
Hoping to quell some opposition to the controversial Common Core State Standards, the state Board of Education on Tuesday opted not to adopt the reading samples associated with the new national benchmarks.
The board also decided against adopting the student writing samples and suggestions on how to structure math classes.
State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said local school systems would still have the option to use the documents, known collectively as the Common Core appendices.
But, she said, “these are not becoming a required list of ancillary materials for districts to have to use.”
The 5-1 vote to reject the appendices, taken at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott, was among several closely watched decisions made Tuesday.
This is a start, but it isn’t the endgame as the standards themselves need to be rooted out:
“This is lipstick on a pig,” said Chris Quackenbush of the grass roots group Stop Common Core Florida. “We still have concerns. The standards are ambiguous gobbledygook. That needs to be addressed.”
Stewart said there could be additional revisions to the Common Core standards once the Education Department finishes soliciting feedback from parents, teachers, business leaders and other stakeholders. She hinted that those changes might include a rebranding of the Common Core standards as the Florida standards, or something similar.
Changing the name would be nonsense, but other revisions based on feedback would certainly be welcomed.