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North Carolina teachers to undergo Common Core State Standards training

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 15:47 PM

In North Carolina's schools, students are not the only ones who are learning. To prepare for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers will also be studying before the next academic year, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

On June 3, 2010, North Carolina adopted the CCSS, according to the initiative's website. As a result, the 2012-2013 school year will see the state's K-12 curricula undergo a transformation. This means that teachers will have to familiarize themselves with new tests and assignments, while recalibrating their focus on certain academic topics.

Before the next school year, elementary teachers who work within the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system will be required to complete 58 hours of training, the news outlet reported. Meanwhile, middle and high school instructors will train for approximately 18 hours. Educators who do not complete their training will not be hired for the new academic year.

Due to the amount of material that needs to be covered, it is expected that teachers will have to devote many nights and weekends to learning about the CCSS, the news source stated. However, schools are looking to offer online training classes, in addition to the sessions that will be held at their institutions.