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October 3, 2013

CV-S hosting Common Core night

Parents, administrators dealing with changes

As with teachers and parents in the rest of New York, those in Cherry Valley are concerned about the common core shifts in the education of students in grades three through eight.

Because this issue raises so many questions, the administrators at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School are hoping to assuage people’s anxiety by hosting an informational night on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Parents and community members are welcome to attend to learn more about the shifts in Common Core education.

Teachers, administrators, students and parents need to understand what these shifts will mean for their schools but it’s complicated, said Lauren Crisman, the principal of pre-k through fifth grade at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School.

According to the website New York State adopted the Common Core State Standards on July 19, 2010 although academic year 2012-2013 was the first year schools put the changes into practice.

Because there were so many changes made to the educational requirements there are many complications, Crisman said.

One of the biggest complications when this rolled out was that in one-year’s time teachers, students and administrators had to embrace the new changes so that students had enough understanding in order to take their regents exams in the spring. Also, Crisman said that schools were not given the modules with the specific information that needed to be taught.

“We now have a road map with clear outcomes and expectations,” Crisman said. “It’s a big change from last year.”

Both principals of CV-S Central School said that they thought the changes were a good thing but that the transition is the hardest part.

“There’s a lot of concerns because this is a major change in education,” said Kevin Keane, the principal of grades six through 12. “I don’t think that anyone would argue that deepening the children’s understanding is bad for our kids.”

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