Here is the latest issue of OSBA's Weekly Legislative Update...
Common Core State Standards hearings
This week, the House Rules and Reference Committee considered House Bill (HB) 597, legislation that would eliminate and prohibit Ohio’s use of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The bill is sponsored by Reps. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Matt Huffman (R-Lima). Nearly 50 witnesses offered proponent testimony urging committee members to repeal the standards.
Hearings have also been scheduled next week for opponents of HB 597 who wish to keep the Common Core State Standards. The hearing schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Room 313 at the Ohio Statehouse
- Wednesday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., in Room 313 at the Ohio Statehouse
- (If needed) Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., in Room 313 at the Ohio Statehouse
Please consider attending these hearings to show your support. We also encourage you to submit written testimony or provide in-person testimony to the committee. It is extremely important that legislators hear from local education leaders next week! Please give us a call if you have any questions.
HB 597 contains the following provisions:
• eliminates/prohibits the use of CCSS after the current school year;
• eliminates/prohibits the use of Ohio's Standards for Science and Social Studies (adopted in 2010);
• prohibits the use of PARCC assessments;
• puts in place the Massachusetts Standards for Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies from “pre-CCSS” for two years (2015-16 and 2016-17);
• new Ohio standards in the four subject areas to be developed by the State Board of Education for use beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
This means that today’s freshmen would face three different sets of standards for math, English, science, and social studies during their four years in high school.
The bill also:
• institutes a legislative steering committee to review any new proposed state standards;
• replaces the recently passed seven end-of-course exams (in HB 487) with five end-of-course exams required before graduation;
• contains unprecedented specificity on what the standards for each subject area should include.
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