Background on North Dakota’s use of Common Core

Editor’s Note: Common Core, shorthand for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is a set of K-12 education standards developed at the national level for use in English Language Arts and mathematics instruction.

The standards were first announced in 2010. North Dakota adopted the standards in 2011.

The Legislature unsuccessfully attempted to pass bills banning the use of Common Core in North Dakota schools in 2015 and 2017.

Kirsten Baesler, superintendent of public instruction, announced in 2016 the Department of Public Instruction would develop a set of homegrown standards to replace Common Core.

The new set of standards, drafted by two committees made up of North Dakota teachers and education professionals, were rolled out in April 2017 and implemented that fall. The standards are still in use today.

The education standards in use from 2011 to 2017 in North Dakota, which were Common Core, are no longer in use.

The Tioga Tribune, on April 20, published an article on the upcoming May 3 Ray school board election and the views of two of the candidates.

Shilo Kilber, a candidate for school board, declined the opportunity to be interviewed by phone. He requested questions be emailed to him instead, which was done.

Those written responses mention “Common Core” on three occasions, as follows:

“[Test scores] have been steadily dropping since 2014- 2015 since the introduction of Common Core into our curriculums.”

“I would like to see us get away from Common Core and implement a more effective curriculum.”

“Common Core has continued to fail our students as seen from our faltering testing scores.”

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