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Teachers prepare to focus on fewer subjects under the Common Core State Standards

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 06:58 AM

By now, teachers who work in schools that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are aware that the material they will be teaching will not be about quantity so much as quality. Once implemented, the Standards will allow students to have a better understanding of what is expected of them in any of the states that have embraced this educational initiative.

New York is among the states that have adopted the CCSS, and the Merrick and North Merrick school districts are currently in the process of transitioning their curricula to match the new Standards, the Long Island Herald reported.

As a result of their state’s adoption of the CCSS, instructors who work in these school districts are preparing for classes where they will teach English and mathematics lessons that are aligned with the Standards, the news source stated. This means that educators will move away from trying to fit as many topics into one school year as possible and instead focus on specific topics over multiple grades in an attempt to deepen students’ understanding of these subjects.

"By having less content to teach, we’ll be able to teach it in much greater depth and to mastery," Liza Ruiz, Merrick’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and pupil services, told the news outlet.