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Common Core to delay school day in one Illinois district

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 16:16 PM

Every school is dealing with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) differently. In Illinois, for instance, the Monmouth-Roseville School District plans to start classes an hour late on Wednesdays, Tri States Public Radio reported.

Starting school later may be welcome news to students, but parents should know that the Wednesday schedule change is not designed to give teachers an extra hour of sleep. District educators will instead spend this time discussing the CCSS with one another to make sure they are all on the same page, the news source stated.

Superintendent Paul Woehlke told the news outlet that the implementation of the CCSS will take a lot of hard work. The time teachers spend collaborating will ensure that the District curriculum is consistent with no gaps or overlap.

"We have a great need for teachers to be able to meet together and collaborate and work together instead of everyone working in isolation in their classroom," Woehlke said.

Illinois adopted the CCSS on June 24, 2010 in order to provide students with fewer, clearer and higher standards that can prepare them for success in college and beyond, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.