Alabama is the first state to adopt a standardized testing system for the Common Core standards, a controversial national school program. An effort to repeal Common Core was killed in a state senate committee last month, but opponents aren't giving up.
State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said the program will help keep Alabama students on a competitive educational level with kids across the country.
The State Board of Education passed the ACT Aspire standardized test as a way to measure the progress of students in grades three through eight. The first administering of the test will be in August.
Bice talked about the program after speaking with Lawrence County High School students Friday.
The Common Core standards are education benchmarks set for schools across the nation. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted it.
Republican opponents have said Common Core gives the federal government too much influence in Alabama schools. Bice countered that the program does not dictate what is taught in the classroom.
"We are accepting no federal money as a part of this participation. So everything we've done here has been based on what the concerns were here in Alabama. We're one-hundred percent confident that we have no connection to the current administration, the U.S. Department of Education, or any federal funding the decisions around these standards," Bice said.
There are two more bills aimed to repeal Common Core in the Alabama Senate and in the House. The education policy committees are expected to vote on them next week.
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