Christie to call for end to Common Core in New Jersey

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PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling for an end to the Common Core standards in New Jersey, saying that the system isn't working for students in the state.

The likely Republican presidential contender says in remarks for a speech Thursday afternoon at Burlington County College that the national standards have brought confusion and frustration to parents and classrooms.

New Jersey agreed to participate in the federal Common Core Standard Initiative in 2010.

"It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted," Christie said. "And the truth is that it's simply not working."

Christie believes the program is alienating teachers and creating problems in the classroom instead of solving them.

"And when we aren't getting the job done for our children, we need to do something different," Christie said.

Christie is also expected to ask the state's education commissioner to convene a group of parents, teachers and educators to come up with new state-specific education standards for him to consider.They'll have until the end of 2015.

He'll also reaffirm his commitment to testing as a means of measuring student learning.

Christie said