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Common Core school standards survive assembly committee review

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  It appears that Wisconsin's Common Core educational standards will not be thrown out. Members of a state Assembly review panel suggested yesterday that the standards do more to protect student privacy. They also said the standards should get a periodic review, to make sure they're tailored to Wisconsin public schools. However the panel did not recommend scrapping the voluntary standards adopted three years ago -- which call for stronger math-and-English requirements used in 45 states.

The Assembly panel will outline in its final recommendations in a report to be released by the end of the year. Supporters say the Common Core standards are already improving the quality of instruction, with the goal of getting students readier for college and work life.

Critics said the standards amount to a national curriculum. Assembly panel members said too much has been invested to throw out the Wisconsin version of the Common Core standards -- but they did say they could be improved.