Bills to address problems with Common Core passed in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland General Assembly has approved measures to address concerns with the education program known as Common Core.

The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to three bills.

One measure ensures state test scores won't be used in teacher and principal evaluations for at least the next two years.

Another creates a workgroup to improve the implementation of Common Core, which is a set of standards defining what K-12 students should know in language arts and math by the end of each grade.

“These bills will help us re-establish some common sense in how we implement Common Core,” said Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller in a statement.

“Maryland’s public schools have long been a national leader and, thanks to the General Assembly, Maryland is now a national leader for how a state can come together and help students, educators, and schools get the necessary time, flexibility, and resources to get these major changes right. I look forward to standing with Governor O’Malley when he signs these bills into law.”

The Senate also gave final approval to a bill that creates an oversight process for any Elementary and Secondary Education Act waivers that Maryland submits. It will give lawmakers a chance to make sure they comply with state law.

“Common Core State Standards are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to define the same high-quality, world-class education necessary for all students to be successful in our fast-changing world. The promise of these standards for all students is extraordinary, but we must get their implementation right,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel in a statement.

“Maryland has led the nation in providing great public schools, and now Maryland is leading the way again with common-sense education legislation that benefits all students.”

The measures go to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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