COLUMBUS — Two highly respected education policy experts testified in the Ohio House of Representatives Aug. 20 on the importance of maintaining the Common Core State Standards.
Paolo DeMaria and Susan Bodary of Education First spoke before the House Rules and Reference Committee, which is hearing testimony on House Bill 597, legislation that would eliminate the Common Core standards. Education First is a firm specializing in education policy development and strategic implementation.
DeMaria and Bodary, speaking on behalf of the Ohio Business Roundtable, presented a fact-based analysis of the Common Core State Standards that dispelled a number of myths surrounding the standards. Their points included: there is no federal involvement in the Common Core; the standards are not curriculum; they are limited to mathematics and English language arts; and schools are free to teach at levels higher than the standards.
They also stressed how the standards will support improved student achievement and promote a strong and secure economic future for Ohio. In addition, they pointed out how many of the concerns fueling calls for repealing the Common Core already have been addressed in previous legislation.
A copy of DeMaria and Bodary’s testimony and analysis is available at: http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/sites/default/files/DeMariaBodaryIntPartyTestimony.pdf