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Common Core State Standards to allow for better learning assessment
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011 16:12 PM

As parents and students across the U.S. prepare to head back to school, many academic administrators are focused on how they can not only improve learning, but measure the effectiveness of their institution's teaching methods.

Of the 50 U.S. states, 44 have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to the initiative's website. Once they have been fully implemented, the CCSS will provide educational consistency across the country.

Furthermore, adoption of the CCSS ensures that students in participating states will receive the same quality of education, regardless of their race, location, background or financial situation.

As these curriculum changes are implemented, many schools plan to devise and use student Growth Model approaches to measure classroom progress, The Springfield News-Leader reported. A number of institutions in Missouri districts have already agreed to serve as pilot sites for these new assessment measures.

According to the news source, the adoption of the CCSS by all 50 states, as well as the use of Growth Model measurement tools, will lead to a new way of assessing student achievement, as administrators will be able to compare their classrooms to others across the country.