At their meeting this week, the Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees heard a report from Dr. Jeannie Iberlin on why the district's administration is in support of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
Iberlin said although there is some opposition to common core, the administration supports the board's decision to adopt both the CCSS and SBAC.
Iberlin gave the reasons for their support as (1) Consistency, the same standards apply here and in any other state;
(2) Local Control, the local districts have not lost control of curriculum; (3) They are rigorous, research-based and well-articulated standards; and (4) the standards are already in place in much of the state and at JCSD1.
Iberlin also spoke on how the district would assess common core standards at the district level, and the recommendation is to adopt the SBAC, because (1) of its comparability; (2) its research-based resources; (3) its alignment with Wyoming Content and Performance Standards; (4) it is cost-effective; and (5) there is timely feedback on assessments.
JCSD1 has been asked to pilot the SBAC program.
The board was asked to contact their State Legislators and education officials to confirm their support of the programs.