Common Core Brings Rigor, Anxiety to Classrooms
School is in session at Elite Scholars Academy and there's something new this year other than notebooks, pencils and clothes — the academic standards. The year-round Clayton County charter school is one of the first in the state teaching the much-anticipated "Common Core" standards, a new academic road map designed to ensure Georgia students are ready for college and on pace with other states. In Ashley Baker's seventh-grade language arts class, the day's Common Core standard is written neatly on a dry-erase board so students can copy it into a spiral notebook. On this day, students are studying how the plot of a story unfolds and how it develops characters.
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