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Governor supports Common Core standards despite opposition

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Conservative lawmakers are expected to push, to roll back, and limit Common Core education standards. But Governor Daugaard supports Common Core standards. He said Tuesday that making changes to it is unlikely to succeed.  

Like most supporters, he believes it equalizes the playing field and it will make South Dakota students better prepared for the world.

"We need standards that are rigorous, we need our students to learn English and math and we also need them to learn how to think independently and solve problems in the real world situations, these were the goals of who wrote and evaluated and adopted the Common Core standards and I support those goals," said Daugaard

Those who oppose the new standards say the standardized testing, and the harder, more rigorous curriculum is more about building a workforce than building individuals.

"An assessment is a measure of value or worth and the testing, the assessing that is done through Common Core with the intent of channeling children to where they will fit in a planned economy," said Tonchi Weaver, a grandmother of school aged children.   

Forty-four other states have adopted Common Core standards in their schools.

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