RALEIGH — North Carolina is continuing to discuss Common Core standards for the classroom a year after implementation. Some said it is a good way to prepare students, while other said it was rushed into with no clear picture of how it will affect the classroom.

The idea is to make sure kids in the classroom have tough standards in math and reading and understand how what they are learning can be applied in the real world.

“The reading and math standards in Common Core are high, relevant and can be applied internationally. Yet it can also be applied and implemented here locally,” Gov. Pat McCrory said last week.

McCrory went on the record saying the Common Core is a good thing, even if it does need some work.

“Common Core, reading and math standards are good,” said McCrory. “But we must come together and improve the execution of these math and reading standards for the betterment of students and teachers.”

The governor’s stance is in contrast to the state’s second-in-command.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest sent a letter to education leaders last month saying he has many questions on everything from how the standards were developed to the impact in the classroom.

“I am concerned that we have not done our due diligence in vetting everything in association with the common core standards,” said Forest, “and what it will mean for our children, parents schools and communities.”

Some of Forest’s concerns were reflected the state budget that recently was signed into law. A provision in the document said that no tests aimed at assessing Common Core achievement can be purchased without legislative approval.

At the same time, groups like the state chamber of commerce have expressed support of the curriculum, but other conservative groups are still raising questions.

Forty-five states have adopted Common Core curriculums. In North Carolina, the debate is continuing if the standards adopted two years ago are the right ones and if the implementation needs to be improved.

– Loretta Boniti