Chicago teachers vote against Common Core - – Rockford’s News Leader

Chicago teachers vote against Common Core

CHICAGO (WREX) - The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to go against Common Core, a set of educational benchmarks implemented by law in Illinois and other states.

The union's House of Delegates voted Wednesday to encourage Chicago teachers to join "growing national opposition" to Common Core State Standards. The standards set out specific skills in reading and math that students should have mastered by the end of each grade. How the teacher gets students to reach that goal is up to the individual school's curriculum.

Union officials say the Common Core's assessments get in the way of student learning and "consume tremendous amounts of time and resources for test preparation and administration."

Mary Fergus, State Board of Education spokeswoman, said the standards help better prepare students. They were adopted by the state in 2010.
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