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School system looks to create a more Common Core-compatible curriculum
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2011 16:43 PM

As schools across the country begin to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many institutions realize that the curricula they currently have in place will need to change.

For instance, officials from Maryland’s Howard County Public School System are contemplating the elimination of its middle school reading classes in order to devote more time to physical education and the study of world languages, Columbia Patch reported.

The proposed changes to the middle school curriculum would allow students to begin their study of world languages in the sixth grade, the news source stated. Additionally, sixth- through eighth-graders would receive at least 90 days of physical education instruction.

While some may not be pleased with the idea of eliminating Howard County’s middle school reading classes, reading is still one of the CCSS’ key focus areas. According to the initiative’s website, students will be required to read a variety of classic and contemporary literature, including everything from foundational U.S. documents to the works of William Shakespeare.

As students’ required literature grows more complex, they will acquire the reading comprehension skills that will serve them in college and their professional careers.