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Tulsa schools get to work on Common Core implementation

MONDAY, APRIL 04, 2011 08:08 AM

Following the majority of states adopting the Common Core State Standards, many institutions have begun to change their structures in an effort to ensure their students are prepared for the standardized exams. Because passing is essential for graduation, the pressure is on to keep the proficiency rates up in schools across the country.

Tulsa World reports that some schools in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area are getting an early start on implementing the standards. Oklahoma adopted the exams last year, and the deadline for full implementation is during the 2014-15 school year.

"We're trying to be proactive," David Hall, assistant superintendent of instruction and curriculum at Owasso Public Schools, told the news provider. "We actually asked teachers to teach at a greater depth of knowledge a year ago. We wanted to make sure our teachers are ready."

The news provider reports that the Common Core Standards are much more vigorous than previous standardized exams given by the state.

Many states have chosen to adopt the Standards because it will be able to match student proficiency on a nearly-national level.