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Common Core State Standards motivated superintendent's curriculum legacy

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011 11:09 AM

Although Massachusetts superintendent Patricia Grenier plans to retire at the end of the summer, she recently created her legacy in the town of Barnstable by launching a new curriculum for its schools, The Barnstable Patriot reports.

The plan to give the town's schools a new curriculum was motivated by Grenier's desire to meet the Common Core State Standards, the news outlet states. According to its website, this system strives to give students across the nation a similar curriculum as well as clearly outline what children need to know so parents and teachers can better assist them.

Striving to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, Grenier recently completed the new curriculum and presented it to the school committee. She said that her plan focuses on what she calls CIA, or Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

"Our district improvement plans, and school improvement plans, should in fact cycle back right into CIA, and that should be a major focus of any improvement plan," she told the news source.

Grenier said that her new curriculum is also more uniform in order to assure that all students are learning the same general topics as their peers.