Schools get in line with Common Core standards

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia school districts are revamping their kindergarten through 12th-grade math and English curriculums to line up with the new Common Core State Standards.

The federal government is leaving it up to each state whether to adopt the standards, which are designed to reflect the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Liz Cordeiro tells The Inter-Mountain that West Virginia is requiring districts to adopt the Common Core curriculum because such standards line up with changes that the state agency is already making in the public schools.

The transition must be complete by 2014, but Cordeiro says the state is allowing counties to determine how to adopt the changes.

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