Common Core State Standards, which are being phased in in schools across the country, are going to require major shifts in the math and English language arts curriculum in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
The changes are so significant that the reading level now required in 10th grade will be required of eighth-graders. Sixth-grade math already this year was moved down to fifth-grade.
Preparing students to meet the standards will be the responsibility of teachers in all core subject areas, such as science teachers who will be trained to teach students to do science writing.
In Pennsylvania, the first statewide tests -- known as Keystone Exams -- to be based on the new standards will be given this school year in three high school subjects: Algebra1, literature and biology.