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West Virginia recognized for its focus on early education

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2012 17:01 PM

Many schools are currently transitioning their kindergarten curricula to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) so that young students can have a strong start to their education careers.

According to WTRF 7, The Children’s Defense Fund, an independent nonprofit organization, recently recognized 10 states and the District of Columbia for offering free full-day kindergarten. West Virginia was among the selected states, and was also given high marks for adopting the CCSS.

The state embraced the Common Core in June 2010, and has since aligned its kindergarten learning expectations with West Virginia’s new elementary and secondary standards, the news source reported.

"Early childhood education is one area where we are overcoming societal obstacles to help children start their academic careers on a firm foundation," said Jorea Marple, the state superintendent of schools, as quoted by the news outlet. "West Virginians should be proud to be held up as an example of doing what's right for young children."

Under the Common Core, kindergartners should know the names of numbers and understand the concepts of addition and subtraction, according to the CCSS’ website. At the same time, they should be developing their geometry skills by identifying and creating shapes.