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Common Core concerns addressed in Rapid City

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South Dakota Secretary of Education, Melody Schopp, addressed concerns about Common Core Wednesday at the Rapid City High School.

 The Common Core state standards are a set of educational expectations that outline a single set of math and English language arts for all schools.

Dr. Schopp says these standards are valuable to students because they prepare kids for life after high school. After a presentation by Schopp, people got in line to ask questions. 

One concern raised by parents is that a Common Core education includes collecting data for the government. Schopp says this isn't true. "There is no connection between Common Core standards, which are standards that kids need to know and be able to do, and anything related to data collection and data mining," said Schopp. 

Jodie Frye-Byington, who attended the meeting, says she is worried about the Common Core curriculum. "I'm a little scared there are so many parents that are uninformed, and it's our job as parents to raise our children, not drop them off at school and expect teachers to raise them.  We need to teach them their core values," said Frye-Byington. 

 
Schopp says that although the standards are expectations students must meet, how the students get there is up to the teachers and individual school districts.

 

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