Lt. Governor Griffin: Changes Needed To Common Core Standards

Jul 28, 2015

File photo of Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, speaking in the state Capitol Rotunda.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin says he thinks Arkansas should keep some elements of Common Core but make changes where necessary and rename the controversial education standards to more closely reflect the state's needs.

The Republican said Tuesday he'll make the recommendation to a task force he's heading that is looking at the state's involvement in Common Core. The group, formed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson this year, is expected to finalize its recommendations Thursday.

Griffin said the task force shouldn't limit itself by only focusing on the question of whether to keep or ditch Common Core, and said the state shouldn't view the standards as "all or nothing."

The task force earlier this year recommended the state drop its involvement in a test aligned with the Common Core standards.