As West Virginia moves forward with plans to implement the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year, state school-board officials are being asked by some to eliminate the standards altogether. Criticism stems, in part, from concerns the standards amount to a federal takeover of education. Supporters, however, say that is not the case, noting that confusing standards with curriculum could be fueling some of the debate. "That's still locally driven," said Robert Hull, associate state superintendent, adding: "The curriculum is all about how we are going to get there and what materials we are going to use."

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