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Michaud: Schools say Common Core tests apt

Sally Intreglia, center, a Brentwood teacher, holds a

Sally Intreglia, center, a Brentwood teacher, holds a sign during a rally against Common Core in Hauppauge on Sept. 4, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

A survey published online Monday by Education Week magazine and Gallup says that nearly two-thirds of school superintendents around the country support Common Core tests.

This is good news for parents like me who've seen kids more engaged by the thought-provoking higher educational standards. My daughters are in 10th and 12th grades.

It worries me when I read that some states are considering rolling back the standards, which are now in their third year of implementation. I dread to think how long it would take our fractious nation to come up with another set of agreed-upon national standards. In the meantime, we would be dumbing down our public schools.

A Gallup director said support for the Common Core is much higher among superintendents than the public -- 64 percent of superintendents want to stay the course, 20 percent want to pull out of the consortia that developed the Common Core, and 16 percent are undecided.

In addition, 73 percent of superintendents surveyed said the common standards are "just about right" for most students.

That sounds about right to me, too.