Common Core testing was started by governors and state education officials to set standards for children's education. But it's become a controversial political issue with concerns over federal interference and if it is actually the best way to teach kids.

On "Fox News Sunday," Chris Wallace spoke to Laura Slover, the CEO of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

PARCC is one of two nonprofits set up by states to test how students are measuring up to Common Core education standards.

"I think it's vital that we set a high standard for kids, because if we build it, they will come," Slover said. "If we expect a lot of kids, they rise to the occasion."

Wallace noted that the main complaint about Common Core testing is that it is part of a federal takeover of local schools.

Slover asserted that it's actually a state-driven program, and states make all the decisions.

"As a parent, I can understand why there are concerns about testing," Slover said, adding that she wants her daughter taking the tests. "I want to be sure she's learning. I want to be sure she's on grade level. And I want to be sure she knows how to do math and is prepared for the next grade."

She asserted that for far too long a child's success has been determined by their parents' income level and where they grew up.

"We think it's critical that kids all have opportunities, whether they live in Mississippi or Massachusetts or Colorado or Ohio," Slover said. "They should all have access to an excellent education. And this is a step in the right direction."

Watch more from "Fox News Sunday" above.


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