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West Virginia on track to adopt the Common Core State Standards

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 16:59 PM

As more states are beginning to implement the Common Core State Standards, there is a growing concern that many areas are not as on target as they should be in order to change their curriculum. However, it appears as though West Virginia is not having that problem.

Recently, the West Virginia Board of Education announced that it had approved a timeline as to how the public education system will go about incorporating the new standards in math and English, according to the Huntington Herald Dispatch.

The standards will begin for Kindergarten in the fall, while first grade will implement the plan during the 2012-2013 school year, second grade will adopt the standards in 2013-2014 and grades third through 12th will take on the standards in the 2014-2015 school year.

"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents have a roadmap for what they need to do to help them. Further, these standards provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live, and allow states to more effectively help all students to succeed," said Steve Paine, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools.