Dr. Skilling is the superintendent at Oxford Community Schools. Skilling said his district is implementing the common core standards, but he believes schools need to hold themselves to higher ethical standards and protect programs outside the core. Skilling worries that common core will standardize what's important in education and marginalize other programs like the athletics, arts, languages, and stem programs that promote science and engineering.
"You can't measure on a standardized test a students ability to work with a group as a member of a team in a collaborative way that is taking on a challenge that they're unfamiliar with and being able to create and innovate," said Skilling.
Whether you are for or against the common core standards, parents can definitely expect to see changes in how their children learn.
"You're going to see a lot of writing in math," said Faitel. "You're going to see technology enhancing their instruction."
After a year of teaching math under common core standards, McShane is excited about the progress her students have made.
"At first it's much more challenging when they're not used to that," said McShane. "So kids would cry or they'd break down or shut down. Now it's amazing they don't do that anymore because they have these strategies."
With the use of common core standards, changes will be implemented to how students are tested. The MEAP test will eventually be replaced with a new assessment that focuses on testing common core. That will officially happen the spring of 2015.
If you would like to learn more about the common core standards, click here.
To see what the Michigan Department of Education says about the common core, click here.
There is a final committee meeting in Lansing Wednesday to take additional testimony for and against common core standards.
There is no date set yet on when Michigan lawmakers will vote to fund common core again.