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California schools prepare for the Common Core State Standards
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012 16:13 PM

For a few years now, California educators have been preparing for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While the state’s Department of Education does not expect the full implementation of the Standards to be complete until the 2014-2015 academic year, one look inside some schools' classrooms provides a glimpse into the future of education in California.

For instance, teachers within the Summerville Union High School District are currently focused on giving their English classes makeovers. According to The Union Democrat, students are now introduced to a mix of fiction and nonfiction as they familiarize themselves with forms of expository writing.

Throughout Tuolumne County, educators' teaching methods for mathematics are also being overhauled because of the CCSS. Concepts like division will now be taught as early as kindergarten, while algebra is no longer considered to be a mandated part of the eighth-grade curriculum, the news source reported.

Changes to the California STAR Testing Program are also on the horizon, as students will transition from taking pencil-and-paper tests to computerized exams in 2015.