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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Common Core education standards forum draws large crowd

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Despite record-low temperatures, more than 40 people attended last night's public forum on the Common Core State Standards for education at the Clintonville Woman's Club.

Common Core Forum Presenters and Organizers

The forum, moderated by Andy Chow of the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau, featured three professionals who have been engaged in area school districts developing curriculum and testing suited to the new standards. Jennifer Wene, Director of Academic Achievement for Worthington City Schools, presented a number of myths and rumors surrounding Common Core and then countered with facts about their history and implementation. 

Wene was joined by Brad Findell, Associate Director of Math Programs for Teachers at The Ohio State University and Neil Gupta, Director of Programming and Assessments at New Albany/Plain Local Schools​.

Following the presentation, Chow shared a number of concerns -- primarily around testing and the number of tests -- he has heard in his reporting on this topic. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions, and the presenters remained after the forum to answer additional questions. There was interest in holding a future forum focused on the testing aspect.

The forum was organized by the League's Education and Advocacy Committee, chaired by Dave Patton.

Event: Understanding Common Core
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