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Hawaii schools work to meet Common Core State Standards

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 14:32 PM

In order to meet the requirements set by the Common Core State Standards, Hawaii schools plan to reduce the number of credits students must earn before graduating and increase the number of elective courses they take, the Honolulu Civil Beat reports. While many school officials believe that adopting the national standards is a step in the right direction, they are currently debating how they can adjust their curriculum to prepare for it.

In order to give students more time to take elective classes, officials from the Board of Education Student Achievement Committee feel the schools should reduce the amount of social science requirements students must meet before graduating. After discussing this subject for hours, the committee members will now present this recommendation to the full board for approval.

If this is approved, Clayton Kaninau, acting director of the Department of Education's curriculum and instruction branch, said students will have the flexibility to study topics that interest them in school, the news outlet reports.

According to the KNON news network, Hawaii became the 10th state to adopt the Common Core State Standards in June 2010.