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Common Core Standards take shape in West Baton Rouge

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PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish public schools are undergoing a radical shift in the way classes are taught.

Nearly three years after they were approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Common Core Standards are being implemented in kindergarten and first grade classes.

The Common Core emphasizes more in-depth learning about fewer subjects, as well as problem solving and logic skills.  The goal is to prepare students for college, and eventually, the professional world.

"A common question might be, when did the United States bomb Hiroshima?" said West Baton Rouge School Superintendent David Corona.  "A common Core question, which would have more rigor in it, would be, what would the world look like if the United States had not bombed Hiroshima?"

Carona said the transition has been going well.  During the 2013-2014 school year, pre-kindergarten and second grade will experience Common Core Standards.

They will be fully implemented, from Pre-K through 12th grade, by 2015.


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