Originally Sent: 7/25/2014

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Anti-Common Core Bill Passes

Homeschooling in North Carolina.

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Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! On Tuesday of this week, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law Senate Bill 812, which removes North Carolina from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The State Board of Education had adopted the CCSS for public schools on June 2, 2010, in K-12 mathematics and English language arts. The standards were implemented during the 2012-13 school year. The new law requires the state board to develop academic standards that meet and reflect North Carolina’s priorities for its students without consideration of the CCSS. In adopting the new standards, the state board must consult with and consider the recommendations of the newly formed Academic Standards Review Commission.

As a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the developer of student tests for the CCSS, the state board was planning to purchase and use these tests to measure student achievement. But the new law requires the state board to purchase a new assessment instrument that is appropriate to measure student achievement under the revised standards. Further, the state board is prohibited from purchasing any assessments without the approval of the legislature.

The current impact of the CCSS on homeschools nationwide is revealed in the expanding state longitudinal databases for tracking all students, shifting college admissions standards, newly updated curricula, and revised standardized tests. For additional information from an HSLDA analysis of the CCSS, please click here.

Many thanks to all of you who contacted your state senator and state representative to express your support of this legislation. A number of other states have tried without success to get a similar bill through their legislature, so this is not an easy process. No doubt your calls and emails made a significant impact on legislators.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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