Muskogee Public Schools will hold on to Common Core standards, even as Oklahoma schools revert to previous curriculum standards.
The Common Core standards, which were to take full effect this school year, were considered more rigorous than the previous state curriculum, known as the PASS Objectives. Muskogee and other districts had spent the past four years moving Common Core standards into their teaching.
However, the state repealed the Common Core standards in June and called on the State Department of Education to develop new math and English/language arts standards by August 2016. Until then, public schools use the PASS Objectives curriculum.
“We will stay the course with Common Core,” said Muskogee School Superintendent Mike Garde, adding that administrators are looking at ways to use both curricula.