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Cedarburg School Board approves asking for delay to "Smarter Balanced" exams

CEDARBURG, WI (WTAQ) - A school board will ask Wisconsin lawmakers to wait for at least two years to start testing students based on the state's tougher Common Core standards.

The Cedarburg School Board near Milwaukee voted 5-0 Wednesday night to ask the state to hold up what's called the "Smarter Balanced" exam. It's supposed to replace the old statewide WKCE achievement test next spring for reading and math.

School board member Phillip McGoolan said the test is not proven yet as a "viable methodology." He said it was developed by academics who want the federal government more involved in public schooling.

Parents at Wednesday night's meeting said more local control is needed, not less. Some rural schools wondered if they'd have enough bandwidth to administer the exams, which will be totally online for the first time.

Last December, the Germantown School Board rejected the Common Core tests and vowed to create their own.

Earlier this year, educators throughout Wisconsin defended the Common Core standards as a necessary vehicle to get students ready for a more complex world. They beat back efforts by state Republicans to drop or reduce the standards, which are just now building steam after Wisconsin adopted them 4 years ago.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)