Georgia adopted Common Core in 2010. The math and English/language arts standards were not controversial then, but they have since come under attack by political conservatives and tea party activists as a federal intrusion into state control over public education.
Supporters say the standards improve education by increasing the rigor of academic material and harmonizing when students across the country are introduced to that material.
Richard Woods, who will become superintendent in January, said he was pleased some revisions have been proposed.
“I think it’s a good start,” said Woods, who criticized Common Core on the campaign trail. “It falls in line with what I’ve been saying. We need a review of the standards.”
Woods said he may suggest additional changes during the 60-day public comment period on the revisions. The board is scheduled to vote on the revisions in January. If approved, the changes would take effect at the start of the 2015-16 school year.
A large majority of teachers surveyed this spring on the standards as part of the state’s review said they were worded effectively. Those results ran counter to one of the claims of Common Core critics, who have said teachers find the standards poorly written and confusing.