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Teachers to play a vital role in their schools' transition to the CCSS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012 17:10 PM

As California is one of the largest states in the country, and an adopter of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), educators throughout the Golden State are currently in the process of preparing for this new approach to instruction. According to the California Department of Education, school systems are expected to have the CCSS fully implemented by the 2014-2015 academic year, with instructors being asked to begin reviewing the Standards now for a successful transition.

At the Stockton Unified School District, teachers will have more control over what their students are learning under the CCSS, the Stockton Record reported. After all, it is the school system's instructors who will play a role in adapting Stockton's current curriculum to one that is aligned with the Common Core.

"It's about honoring teachers making decisions in the classroom about student achievement," Steve Lowder, Stockton's superintendent, told the news source. "We believe in teachers."

Transitioning from one teaching approach to another will not be easy, as students will be required to learn at a deeper level in many instances. For example, Kirk Nicholas, Stockton's assistant superintendent, told the news outlet that right now, pupils would just be asked to identify a rubber band on a table. Under the CCSS, they would be asked to shoot it different ways and analyze the results.