COLUMBIA- The Senate has unanimously approved a bill to replace Common Core education standards with those homegrown in South Carolina by the 2015-16 school year.
The bill which passed 42-0 on Thursday is a compromise of legislation that initially sought to repeal math and reading standards already rolled out in classrooms statewide. Testing aligned to those standards must start next year.
But the state won't be able to use tests South Carolina officials helped create with other states. A bid must go out for their replacement.
A state review of math and reading standards must begin by January.
Republicans praised it as taking back control of what's taught in classrooms. Democrats say the bill forces the Legislature to spend money on technology, because tests must be taken by computer by 2016-17.