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Common Core response “historic,” school chief says

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A comprehensive review of West Virginia’s Common Core-based education standards has generated more than 200,000 comments, state school officials said Monday.

Calling the amount of feedback “historic,” state Superintendent Michael Martirano gave legislators their first update of the review at a Monday interim meeting of the Joint Education Committee, during which he lobbied for the continued use of West Virginia’s embattled math and English standards.

Martirano, who ordered the Department of Education to review the controversial standards after Republican legislators attempted to repeal them earlier this year, said about 4,000 people have commented, using a website where the state’s 900 math and English standards are available for critique.

Delegate Dave Perry, D-Fayette, asked if those comments would be turned over to the Legislature. Martirano said his office would do its best to apprise legislators of the review’s outcome, though a summary is not likely before interims in October and November.

The review isn’t expected to be completed until November.

While Martirano said the review timeline, already rushed to have a final recommendation ready for the state Board of Education by December, doesn’t line up with the Legislature’s interim schedule, he promised lawmakers would be part of the process…

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