State Superintendent Discusses Common Core Standards At Town Hall

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Georgia State Superintendent John Barge was in Macon for a Town Hall meeting discussing Georgia's Common Core standards for English and Math.

The event was hosted by Macon Democratic State Representatives Nikki Randall and James Beverly, and also featured Bibb County School Superintendent Steve Smith.

The common core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, including Georgia, aim to ensure that students are being taught the same information from state to state.

Some critics have called it a federal takeover of education, but State Superintendent Barge says that's misinformation.  "These are not standards that were required that the state adopt," he says. "The states came together as state school chiefs, and they put the standards together, so it's not what a lot of the rhetoric says it is."

Georgia voluntary adopted the program 2010, and Bibb County began fully adopting in in the classrooms last school year.

Superintendent Steve Smith says the next step is finding a way to measure its success.  He says while academic test scores will be part of that, he also wants to look at other indicators like how many students are promoted to the next grade.

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