'Common Core' Approach Taking Shape in Local Schools
Daily News Online (WA)
When Washington students enter the classrooms this fall, they'll be introduced to a deeper kind of learning that teachers hope will prepare graduates for college and careers, as well as give students a consistent education across the nation. "We're really excited" about the new learning standards, said Mark Morris High School English teacher Linda Santman, one of the teachers who introduced the so-called "Common Core" state standards to Longview and Kelso faculty on Wednesday. "In this country we've given students a curriculum that's a mile wide and an inch deep," said Longview School District Superintendent Suzanne Cusick. "Now it's going to be deeper." The shift in focus is part of a nationwide movement driven by the fact that too many college freshmen must take pre-college reading courses, said literacy teacher Lori Larson of Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary School in Longview.
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