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Alabama considers adopting Common Core State Standards
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2010 17:04 PM

In an effort to better compare its students against the national performance average, the Alabama Board of Education is considering adopting common standards for math and English, which 38 states have adopted to hold their students accountable.

The Common Core State Standards is an initiative led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. According to, the Alabama board will be voting on whether or not to adopt the standards on November 18th in Montgomery.

Tommy Bice, the state's deputy superintendent of education, told the news provider that as of now, Alabama's standards for English covers 92 percent of the Common Core State Standards, while the math portion covers 96 percent. Bice also noted that all of Alabama's surrounding states have adopted the standards.

However, according to, some states are choosing not to adopt these standards, as they fear that it would be taking a step toward nationalizing the education system.

"A lot of this is being pushed out of Washington," Alabama board member Stephanie Bell told the news provider. "It's not immune from federal influence."