Assembly committee to release Common Core report

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A report on recommendations for changes to the Common Core education standards in place in Wisconsin is scheduled to be released and voted on this week.

A special Assembly committee created by Republicans earlier this year to study the standards plans to release its report on Wednesday and then vote on it Thursday.

Tea party conservatives have sharply criticized the standards that are designed to improve instruction in math and English. Critics say the standards are weak and the government is collecting too much information about students.

But backers say the voluntary standards in place in 45 states are a vast improvement over what Wisconsin previously had and that concerns are overblown.