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School district revamps institution to make it CCSS-ready

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 15:40 PM

Across the country, schools are making changes to their curricula, daily schedules and approach to teaching in order to prepare for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In New Mexico, officials at the Albuquerque Public Schools are taking more drastic measures to ensure that their students are ready for college and the workforce, KRQE reported.

Both the district and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation are collaborating to make sure the Albuquerque Public Schools are properly aligned with the CCSS. The underperforming Emerson Elementary School will be the first of the district’s institutions to undergo a complete revamp.

Not only will Emerson’s current curriculum be replaced, but its faculty and principal as well, the news source stated. All 26 of the School’s teachers will have to reapply for their positions, which will now require these educators to work extra hours and hold certification for teaching non-English speaking students.

"We want to match teachers more closely to the needs of the student population," said Winston Brooks, the district’s superintendent, as quoted by Albuquerque Public Schools’ website.

In the next school year, kindergartners through third-graders will be introduced to the CCSS, while the new Standards will be implemented in all other grades during the 2013-2014 academic year.