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District officials oppose push to scrap Common Core

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Work to repeal Common Core standards in Ohio could have disastrous implications for education in the state, said Todd Hoadley, superintendent of the Dublin City School District.

Dublin administrators and teachers worked two years to implement the Common Core in the classroom, but House Bill 597, which is currently in committee, is working to repeal the new educational standards.

If HB 597 passes, districts throughout the state would have to switch to Massachusetts educational standards for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years before switching to new state-developed standards for the 2017-18 school year.

Although Common Core is used in more than 40 states, some Ohio legislators say they want educational standards that allow for more local oversight and that are more challenging and demanding when compared to international standards.

Hoadley said more changes in standards would negate work done over the past two years.

"We've invested a lot of time and financial resources to prepare for what is currently state law," he said.

"We've tried to follow the law and invested and have gotten in front of this.

"Shifting gears would be very negative in the quality of education we could provide to children," Hoadley said.

The district prepared teachers for the Common Core with professional development, new resources, new curriculum and more, said Kim Miller, district chief academic officer.

"To change that would be a significant impact," she said.

"In essence, you're preparing to go on a trip and you're changing it and doing something completely different," Miller said.

"I don't think it would be a positive impact for our teachers or our students."

In fact, Miller has seen some great things in the new state standards, adopted in 2010.

"It's more rigorous in core subjects, there's more in-depth thinking and more being able to apply what you learned instead of just recalling information," she said, adding that the standards emphasize problem solving skills, data analysis and creative solutions. "It's pushing critical thinking of information."

Hoadley agreed the Common Core is more rigorous than previous standards and has discussed his worries about HB 597 with local legislators.

"There's so much misinformation about this," he said, recommending corestandards.org for information on the Common Core.

"That really just cuts through the misinformation and shares how the Common Core standards were created and what they are and what they are not," Hoadley said.

"People are hearing misinformation on talk radio and we need to be responsible for our own learning and jump online for our own learning about the Common Core."

Whereas the Common Core promotes more rigorous learning, Hoadley said it will also help students that transfer into the district.

"I think, not just for Dublin City Schools, but for Ohio and public education across the nation going in this direction with the Common Core is good," he said.

"I think there needs to be more uniformity across the states in what we're expecting children to learn.

"Children move in and out of Dublin like to have some commonality," Hoadley said.

Moving away from the Common Core under the plan proposed by HB 597 would also put education in Dublin and the state into turmoil, Hoadley said.

"It's a multi-year process to adopt new content standards," he said.

"We have to train teachers and allow teachers to become more comfortable with content standards (and) purchase educational content standards.

"For the proposal, we're not just shifting gears, but shifting gears twice.

"I can't underscore enough the havoc that would create and impact that would have on the quality of education in Ohio. It could be devastating."

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