California schools struggle to meet new Common Core academic standards

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Valley school districts are hustling this fall to train teachers, buy new supplies and upgrade technology to be ready for new academic standards that overhaul English and math learning goals and will be tested in the 2014-15 school year.

But just how to meet the Common Core standards — which come without a set of daily lesson plans — is puzzling some teachers.

Although California lawmakers adopted the new standards in 2010, districts hamstrung by tight budgets have been slow to start using them in the classroom. That all changed this year when lawmakers approved $1.25 billion to help districts make the shift.

In many cases, teachers union officials say, educators are juggling expectations to both write new course outlines and bring students up to speed.

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