Are schools giving up local control?
Common Core State Standards define what students need to know; they do not dictate how teachers should teach or how students should learn. That decision is left to each state. Common Core does not dictate what lesson plans, programs, or textbooks teachers will use for curriculum. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards will continue to make important decisions about curriculum and how their school systems are operated. The standards will actually help preserve freedom for curriculum choice. Common Core will puts states and districts in charge and allow them access to better products, more vendors and a more diverse marketplace, ultimately holding the potential to drive down costs for taxpayers in states across the nation.
The Utah State Board of Education is in full control of the standards. The State Board may add to, subtract from, or rewrite as deemed necessary to meet the needs of Utah students.