Palmetto Sunrise: Education standards task force deadline today

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COLUMBIA - The deadline to apply to be part of a panel tasked with reviewing the state's new education standards is today.

When lawmakers passed the law that required the cyclical review of the state's education standards no later than Jan. 1, 2015, they made it mandatory for the Department of Education to assemble a task force of "parents, business and industry persons, community leaders and educators, to include special education teachers," to review the standards.

The state is working full-speed ahead in rewriting the standards. It expects to disseminate the draft of the new standards in November for review from the task force, any Education Oversight Committee-led panels and others, according to the department's draft timeline. It will also take public comments through an online survey.

The task force will be reviewing English Language Arts and math standards that will be implemented during the 2015-16 school year. People can be nominated or nominate themselves to be part of the task force. The deadline is 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, the EOC is also conducting an online survey of the state's current standards, which are Common Core. The public can comment on each individual standard through the website until Sept. 30.

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