by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The NC General Assembly should create two permanent commissions that would be charged with raising the quality and rigor of state English Language Arts and mathematics standards, curricula, and assessments.
Each commission should employ a large and diverse group of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, curriculum and content area experts, policy professionals, practitioners, parents, community leaders, school board members, state education officials, and state legislators.
The goals of the commissions should be to:
modify or replace the Common Core State Standards;
specify content that aligns with the standards;
recommend a valid, reliable, and cost-effective testing program that aligns to the standards and content;
provide ongoing review of the standards, curriculum, and tests throughout implementation.