Children are returning to school this September with new shoes, new backpacks and a new curriculum.Schools across the state are starting to roll out the new Common Core Standards in English and math in most grades, and superintendents and administrators in Western Massachusetts are endorsing the change.
“I don’t see the cons. I’m all for this move,” said Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick. “I think it should be rigorous as we try to compete with other countries.”
Two years ago Massachusetts adopted the federal Common Core Standards, which call for all schools nationwide to teach the same concepts in math and English in the same grades. So far 45 of the 50 states have adopted the standards.