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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Assembly Select Committee For Review of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) approved nine recommendations that modify or set up future restrictions for state academic standards.

Most of the nine recommendations passed without support from the Committee's two Democratic members.

And while the recommendations do not specifically call for the Common Core Standards to be eliminated, Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) made it clear that is ultimately what he wants to see develop as a result of them.  Rep. Thiesfeldt told 27 News that it wasn't practical to scrap the CCSS at this time because there would be nothing to take its place, but that he hoped the legislature could work to help develop a unique set of standards for Wisconsin that could be implemented in the future.

Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) outlined a similar goal in the recommendations his Senate Select Committee for Review of the Common Core State Standards released on Wednesday.

One of Senate committee's recommendations specifically calls for new standards to be developed and implemented by the 2015-16 school year.  Those standards would be developed and reviewed by a Standards Board created by the legislature.

The Senate committee also recommended a two-year delay of the CCSS-related Smarter Balance Assessment tests that are scheduled to begin in the 2014-15 school year.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Instruction reiterated that the agency has no plans to delay any portion of the CCSS, because funding for it was already approved as part of the 2013-15 state budget.

The recommendations from the two committees are expected to lead to a variety of legislative bills to be considered next year.

The CCSS were developed by the National Governor's Association in 2009 to create a more rigorous set of standards for English and Math.  Wisconsin was the first of 45 states to adopt the standards.  Critics have complained they were developed without public input and don't allow states enough ability to make them unique.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats are speaking out against recommendations of a Republican-led committee that reviewed Common Core academic standards in Wisconsin.

The committee was meeting Thursday to vote on recommendations that call for additional legislative review and restrictions under the standards, which were adopted in 2010.

But Democratic Rep. Sondy Pope says many of the concerns raised are unrealistic. She says, "I just feel like through this process I should be watching for some boogeyman or black helicopter that may be hovering around."

Republicans say they are concerned about protecting student privacy and preventing the state from taking biometric data from them like fingerprints and retinal scans.

The panel's recommendations are expected to lead to a variety of legislative bills to be considered next year.

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