S.C. teachers soon will have new guidelines — replacing the controversial Common Core standards — for teaching reading and writing in classrooms from kindergarten through high school.
But to read them, they will need to know what “metacognition” means – a word that appears dozens of times throughout the guidelines.
Asked what metacognition means, incoming S.C. State Schools Superintendent Molly Spearman frankly acknowledged she had to Google the word. “Maybe it means that we need to take a look at using language that more folks can understand,” she added.
A draft of the proposed standards in math and English is available for public review online at the S.C. Department of Education’s website. The standards were written by a team of educators under the Education Department’s guidance. Public comment is open until Nov. 30.
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If approved, the standards will replace the Common Core standards that South Carolina adopted in 2010. The guidelines outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English.
This school year was the first that Common Core was in effect statewide. But some lawmakers and state education leaders fought Common Core, leading the S.C. General Assembly to pass a law this year requiring the standards be reviewed and rewritten.
While supporters described Common Core’s standards as fewer, clearer and deeper than most education guidelines, critics said South Carolina hastily adopted Common Core. Others said the standards represented federal intrusion into local control of education.