South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Common Core Replacement Bill

nikki-haleyWhen the South Carolina Legislature passed their Common Core replacement bill it was certain that Governor Nikki Haley would sign the bill into law.

She did just that last week on May 30th.

South Carolina becomes the second state to repeal the Common Core, but this replacement will not take effect until the 2015-2016 school year so South Carolina schools are still under Common Core next school year.

The bill specifies that the South Carolina State Board of Education and the Education Oversight Committee has to sign off on any new standards developed by the South Carolina Department of Education.  However, if the standards are developed by any outside group then the standards have to be approved by the State Legislature through a joint resolution.

The law also doesn’t allow the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, and anticipating this change in the law was why Mick Zais, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, took steps to withdraw the state from Smarter Balanced.

As I reported before there is concern that South Carolina still could end up with little change and/or a Common Core rebrand since the new assessment that will replace Smarter Balanced has to be implemented for the 2014-2015 school year which will be aligned to the Common Core.  One potential solution for South Carolina would be to adopt the ACT Aspire assessment for the transition year which would then allow time to develop an assessment aligned to their own new standards.