Cherokee County’s school superintendent reaffirmed the Board of Education’s support of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards on Thursday, after a board member voiced support for questioning the standards.
Gov. Nathan Deal wrote a letter to the State Board of Education on Aug. 15, asking for a formal evaluation of the Common Core standards, and Cherokee’s School Board member Kelly Marlow was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday, avowing her support for the governor’s request.
“In light of recent independent reviews and concerns expressed by members of the General Assembly, I am writing today to request that you conduct a formal evaluation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts,” Deal wrote to the State Board of Education. “And a comparison of these standards to the Georgia Performance Standards, which were in place prior to the adoption of Common Core.”
Marlow was quoted in the article Wednesday as saying she was proud of the governor’s decision, because “it is never too late to fix a bad decision.”
Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo condemned Marlow’s statements about the governor’s letter regarding the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in a news release from the school system Thursday.
“It’s unfortunate when elected officials contribute to narrowly defined interest group activity through politicizing the efforts to establish national performance standards designed to ensure that every student is provided a more rigorous education and one that is globally competitive,” Petruzielo said. “Performance standards are vital to the success of our students and our teachers, and CCGPS is the culmination of 15 years of work by the School District in this endeavor … beginning with the development and adoption of local standards, the subsequent adoption of state standards and now, the adoption of national standards.”
School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Thursday that Georgia willingly adopted the standards in 2010, and the Cherokee Board of Education began implementing Common Core standards two years ago.
“Contrary to comments made by a School Board member in a report published today by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the School Board has repeatedly voted to support continued implementation of CCGPS in the School District in keeping with the superintendent of schools’ and School Board’s longtime support of performance-based standards,” Jacoby said in a news release. “The School Board, as recently as its July 24, 2013, meeting, voted to adopt School Board Policy that reflects its support of CCGPS.”
Jacoby said Thursday that implementation of the Common Core standards “is a component of the School District’s and the State’s participation in the Race To The Top Federal grant program.”
“It’s important to note that CCGPS are standards, which are guidelines for the knowledge that a student should master by completion of a grade level; these standards do not dictate the curriculum or instructional methods teachers are to use,” Jacoby said. “The Cherokee County School Board and Cherokee County School District maintain their support of Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.”
Marlow did not respond to a request by the Tribune for comments by deadline.