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The CCSS to place a greater emphasis on nonfiction reading
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 16:33 PM

In states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), classroom instruction is changing. However, once the CCSS are fully implemented, something that will remain the same is a focus on improving students' reading skills.

According to the CCSS' website, reading a variety of high-quality texts that become increasingly challenging with each grade can help students prepare for college and the workforce. Stories, dramas, myths and poems, as well as historical and scientific content, are among the literary and informational texts pupils will read.

There are those in the education sector who believe it is important for students to read more nonfiction in the classroom. According to a recent opinion piece by Sara Mosle in The New York Times, David Coleman, the president of the College Board, is among them. Coleman, who helped design the CCSS, believes that English classes place too much focus on self-expression, which does not always help people during their careers.

"It is rare in a working environment that someone says, 'Johnson, I need a market analysis by Friday but before that I need a compelling account of your childhood,'" Coleman said, as quoted by the news source.

Mosle is not opposed to the greater focus the Common Core aims to place on nonfiction in the classroom. She believes that what schools need is not more nonfiction, but better nonfiction.