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Oregon moves up reading standards

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 16:20 PM

More schools are looking to adopt the Common Core State Standards in order to be on the same level as other institutions across the country.

According to KTVZ, Oregon's local news affiliate, the Oregon State Board of Education recently increased the standards for student reading achievement for grades three through eight. This will go into effect during the 2011-2012 school year.

Board officials suggest that this is a way to ensure that students are prepared for the tasks at hand as they take their education to the next level.

"Our students need to be prepared for the challenges of college and careers," state board of education chair Brenda Frank told the news provider. "We are asking elementary and middle school students to demonstrate a higher level of proficiency in reading so that they will be ready for the more rigorous national learning expectations recently adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education."

Approximately 42 states have already adopted the state standards. According to the initiative's website, Oregon moved to join the new standards on October 29, 2010.