Earlier this morning, the Arizona State Board of Education (ADE) had a curious vote that, on its surface, may appear to upend the state's College and Career Ready Standards.
In reality, however, their actions were a token gesture – as stated in their own words. According to an ADE spokesperson, schools should keep teaching the standards they have been using, and continue to prepare for the AzMERIT test this school year. ADE also commented that the goal of this vote was to avoid copyright issues related to that term.
For parents, and teachers, the main points are:
- There is a Standards Development Subcommittee underway – and has been since Governor Ducey instructed the State Board to create it last spring.
- The AzMERIT scores you are currently receiving from the state test last spring are still very relevant.
- Continued high standards are a key ingredient to getting Arizona students prepared for life after high school, and to improve student outcomes.
Stand for Children Arizona will continue advocating for standards and assessments that represent critical thinking and deep conceptual knowledge, not just rote memorization.
The State Board of Education also extended its comment period related to the current standards until November 20, so if you haven’t weighed in, I encourage you to do so here.