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COLUMBUS -- Supporters of Common Core standards in Ohio testified in Columbus Wednesday.

"Our children in Cleveland and in Ohio must be prepared to exit high school ready for careers and colleges in Ohio, across the nation and across the world," said Cleveland Metropolitan School Distrct CEO Eric Gordon.

"It would be easy for me to come to you and ask that we not move toward more rigorous standards of student learning, especially in a district that is struggling to meet Ohio's current standards," said Gordon, who took questions from the committee. "It would be easy, but it wouldn't be right."

He also says that instead of rote memorization, the Common Core would promote critical thinking and other advanced skills. Gordon said that would end "teaching to the test," a criticism of the old assessments, and give teachers more freedom, not less.

There is a bill in the Ohio House that would repeal Common Core and replace it with the standards that Massachusetts had next school year.

Opponents of the Common Core say it is an over-reach of the government and will not improve academic outcomes. Three other states have already repealed Common Core.

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