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Schools will remain unique after adopting the Common Core State Standards

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 17:25 PM

As schools implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they will have the ability to remain unique, while also providing the same educational experience as institutions in different parts of the country.

This was just one of the points covered at a recent board of education work session for New York’s Long Beach School District, Long Beach Patch reported. At this meeting, Vincent Butera, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, spoke about the educational consistency the CCSS will offer students across the country.

"Each elementary school will have its own flavor, its own culture," Butera said, as quoted by the news source. "That is going to happen, and that is OK. However, what should not vary from one place to another is that core experience."

While some educators may feel that the CCSS will take away their ability to make teaching decisions, this is not the case. For instance, in the area of English language arts, the Standards do mandate that certain texts be taught to students, including classic myths and the works of William Shakespeare. However, many of the remaining curricular decisions are left to individual states, districts and schools.