Forest Poised To Question Common Core Standards

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says he'll use his state school board seat to question a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math being adopted in North Carolina and other states.

Forest says the new school board seated since Republicans won full control of state government last year will review the Common Core standards at upcoming monthly meetings including the one scheduled for Wednesday. Forest says the cost and impact of the standards aren't sufficiently known.

Supporters say having the nationwide learning targets represent higher standards and greater accountability. Critics worry they'll set a national public schools curriculum rather than letting states decide what's best for their students.

The federal government was not involved in the state-led effort to develop them but has encouraged the project.

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