Some staffers seem to think it means that the standards revision committees, set in motion by a governor’s executive order or a state legislature, can alter these standards in any way they want.
Even if the state board or department of education has changed the name of the state’s standards (as, for example, in Alaska, Florida, Missouri, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania), added a few footnotes (as in North Dakota), switched the order of Common Core’s standards (as in Florida), shortened the introductory matter (as in Alaska), or removed some of the examples in parentheses (as in Pennsylvania) – to disguise the fact that the actual standards are still Common Core, it doesn’t matter. Common Core’s standards themselves cannot be altered without permission from the holders of the copyright: the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Moreover, they must be used to promote the Common Core initiative.
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