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Transition to new writing standards may be harder for some schools

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 15:10 PM

As schools transition from their current curricula to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), one area students are expected to improve in is writing. However, new research from Michigan State University shows that this process may be harder for some schools than it will be for others.

According to the University's website, the CCSS are very different from the writing standards currently in place in a sample of seven states researchers looked at. What this means is the transition to the Common Core may be more challenging than educators in these states anticipated.

"What we are finding is that states are going to be faced with a misalignment between the content standards and curriculum materials they are using and what the Common Core requires them to cover," said Gary Troia, the study's co-director.

As the new Standards do not focus on skills like handwriting, Troia said that states will have to decide if they want to add on to the CCSS or implement them in their current state.

In terms of writing, the CCSS places an emphasis on students' ability to form logical arguments using relevant evidence, sound reasoning and substantive claims, according to the Common Core's website.