This follows changes to FCPS curriculum.
Concerns remain about the implementation of the Common Core Standards in Frederick County Public Schools. Frederick County Teachers Association President Gary Brennan says members he has spoken with say they're willing to make Common Core a success, but want to have enough time and resources to accomplish this goal.
"I do know that teachers are working extremely hard to adapt their teaching to the new standards," he says. "Teachers are working longer hours then they already work to try to make this thing work."
These comments follow Wednesday's decision by the Board of Education to revise parts of the English Language Arts curriculum for third through 11th graders to align with Common Core. The vote was 6-1 with Colleen Cusimano in opposition.
These standards were developed in Kentucky, and adopted by 46 states. The goal is to make sure all students across the country are prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school.
Brennan says the FCTA has not taken a stand one way or the other on Common Core. But he has said he would like the school system to slow down the implementation of the standards. Brennan says it would have been better to have a pilot program to see what works and what doesn't.
He says the changes to testing and evaluation are "too much at once." "I think it really didn't take into account that there were people in the classroom called teachers and student who were going to deal with this all at one time. And I do think this has been very burdensome," he said.
Parents have expressed concerns about Common Core, but Brennan says they can take them to the Maryland State Board of Education, which adopted the standards for the state. Don't take it out on their children's teachers. "The teachers are given a job to do, and they're doing everything they can to do it as well as they can," he says.