The Germantown school board says it can do better for students than the Common Core State Standards.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin developing its own Germantown Model of Standards for Academic Achievement in January. Germantown is now the first district in the state to formally move away from Common Core, but school board members in other districts could follow.

“We don’t want to be a mediocre district,” school board vice president Sarah Larson told Wisconsin Reporter. “We want to be a premiere district in Wisconsin.”

The district is already one of the highest performing districts in the state. US News & World Report ranked Germantown High School sixth in Wisconsin and in the top 5 percent of high schools nationally. District Administrator Jeff Holmes said sticking to the Common Core would take the district down a road of mediocrity.

But the school district won’t completely discard Common Core. That’s due in part to mandatory standardized testing aligned to the national standards, and teacher effectiveness and school report cards tied to student scores on those tests. Those tests are scheduled to be fully implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

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