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Oklahoma school board meets to discuss the Common Core State Standards
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 07:42 AM

The more information teachers and other school officials have, the better prepared they will be for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This is just one reason why Richard Gleave, superintendent at Oklahoma’s Freedom Public Schools, spoke to school board members about the Standards at a recent meeting, the Alva Review-Courier reported.

Freedom Public Schools will be using the CCSS by the 2014-2015 academic year. To prepare members of the board, Gleave shared a slide show that showcased key aspects of the initiative, according to the news source.

"It’s a lot of reading, writing and math," Gleave said, as quoted by the news outlet. "The aim is get kids more literate in writing."

Under the CCSS, students will begin to focus on opinion writing earlier in their school careers, according to the initiative’s website.

Using examples of test questions that pertained to English and mathematics, Gleave showed how the CCSS will enhance content, rather than replace it, according to the news source. However, some subjects, like algebra, will be introduced much earlier once the Standards are implemented.

Gleave also stressed the important role parents will have to play in helping their children adjust to the new curriculum. If the CCSS is to succeed, parents need to become more involved in their kids’ education, the news outlet reported.