Tentative agreement reached on SC Common Core

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Education Department officials in South Carolina say writing panels will consider Common Core math and reading standards but also can craft new ones as part of a six-month process that takes teachers out of their classrooms for up to a month's worth of meetings.

Agency spokesman Dino Teppara says Superintendent Mick Zais spoke "in-artfully" when he said the panels would ignore current standards. Teppara says Zais meant the standards used in August 2015 won't be a simple rebranding of Common Core.

Zais' comments prompted senators to call a meeting Thursday between the agency and leaders of the two state boards tasked with approving changes.

They tentatively agreed on the process, but state Board of Education Chairman Barry Bolen still insists six months is not enough time to start from scratch.

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