Changes to Arizona College and Career Ready Standards - What you need to know.
October 28, 2015
Dear Paradise Valley Unified School District Parents and Guardians,
As you have likely heard by now, the Arizona Board of Education voted 6-2 to repeal the Common Core Standards on Monday, October 26th. Although reports about this issue have been confusing, please know that Monday’s vote does not mean that the current Arizona College and Career Ready Standards have been repealed and this does not change the current Arizona's English Language Arts (ELA) and Math standards. The vote simply severs Arizona's ties to the Common Core copyright, so the state can begin the already-scheduled revision process.
Standards review and revisions have been an ongoing process in our state, taking place in 2003, 2008, 2010 and now in 2015. Monday’s decision is a necessary action so that the standards revision process may proceed as planned. Revision committees have already been established, and comments can be submitted online through November 20th at https://k12standards.az.gov/comment-standards.
However, until such time as the State Board of Education chooses to modify any standards, those currently in place remain in use. The Arizona Department of Education is also sensitive to making changes on a gradual basis and for future school years, so as not to create a financial burden related to their implementation.
Educators and students have been working hard over the last five years to adapt to the new, more rigorous standards. PVSchools and the Governing Board are committed to ensuring all our students receive a high quality education that prepares them for college and career readiness. We encourage teachers, parents and community members to weigh in and submit their comments online on or before November 20th to ensure that our standards remain strong and reflect Arizona’s needs. Any changes to the existing standards will be made only as a result of this review process. We will continue to keep you apprised of any changes.
James P. Lee, Ed.D.