The Governor's Education Excellence Committee today voted to start calling Common Core State Standards the Utah Common Core State Standards instead. The standards outline what students in grades K-12 should know in reading and math by the end of each grade and are the product of a states-led effort meant to improve college and career readiness. More than 40 states, including Utah, have agreed to adopt the standards.
The name change follows unrest last month over the standards by some Republican senators who worried that Utah was losing local control over what's taught in schools by adopting the standards. Specifically, the Senate Majority Caucus passed a motion last month asking the House Majority to join it in sending a letter to the state board asking it to reconsider adopting the new standards in place of Utah's current ones.
State education leaders, however, defended the Common Core, saying it's not a federal program, but instead state driven. Gov. Gary Herbert echoed that sentiment today.