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March 7, 2022 Group Watch: Senate Passes Alabama Numeracy Act

The Alabama Senate passed legislation that seeks to improve math instruction and prohibit the use of Common Core State Standards in K-12 public schools. The bill called the ”Alabama Numeracy Act” is sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr. The Senate-approved bill has as its purpose to address K-5 math proficiency statistics by providing for summer learning programs, assessment tests, accountability standards for teachers and principals and additional training and standards for teacher education programs. The bill in its current form would require the state superintendent and the Alabama Board of Education to terminate the state’s flexibility waiver agreement with the U.S. Department of Education relating to the federally-enacted Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which includes the adoption of the Common Core State Standards. The Numeracy Act provides for the hiring of hundreds of math coaches to support our educators in the classroom.

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