10 years after adopting Common Core, North Carolina is deciding whether to stand by the revisions it made in 2016 or to scrap the current standards and start anew.
On Feb. 11, State Superintendent Mark Johnson texted and emailed a survey to over half a million parents.
“N.C. Superintendent Johnson wants to remove Common Core from N.C. schools," the message said. "Do you?”
On Thursday, Johnson posted that more than 71,000 people completed the survey and over 78 percent indicated that they want North Carolina to remove Common Core standards.
Johnson is nearing the end of his four-year term as state superintendent. Instead of seeking reelection, he is running for lieutenant governor in the upcoming Republican primary election on March 3.
Some parents and teachers said they see Johnson’s mass text and email as a publicity stunt, but Johnson said he has vocally opposed Common Core since the standards were reapproved — with revisions — in 2017.
Although a commission revised the standards in 2016 to better fit state needs, Education Week listed North Carolina as one of 34 states that had kept a majority of Common Core standards through 2017. The state rebranded these revisions as the "North Carolina Standard Course of Study."
The language today isn’t always clear — some still call today’s standards “Common Core,” and some insist that Common Core ended in 2016.
N.C. State Board of Education policy mandates a review and update of their standards every five to seven years. The last review of standards began in 2014, with changes implemented in 2016. Regardless of whether Common Core’s opponents manage to sway the Board of Education, some change will likely come — only the scale remains unclear.