Bills to address problems with Common Core passed

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has approved measures to address concerns with the education program known as Common Core.

The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to three bills.

One measure ensures state test scores won't be used in teacher and principal evaluations for at least the next two years.

Another creates a workgroup to improve the implementation of Common Core, which is a set of standards defining what K-12 students should know in language arts and math by the end of each grade.

The Senate also gave final approval to a bill that creates an oversight process for any Elementary and Secondary Education Act waivers that Maryland submits. It will give lawmakers a chance to make sure they comply with state law.

The measures go to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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