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Time will tell if students will be able to pass new Common Core standards

GRANDVIEW - Will students be able to master the newly instituted Common Core Standards end of course test?

It’s a tough test, admitted Grandview School District Assistant Superintendent Wilma Kozai, speaking to the Grandview School Board during Monday night’s regular board meeting.

“But we are making every effort to prepare both teachers and students for the implementation of the new assessment,” she added.

Kozai was on the board’s agenda to explain to the school directors the complexities of the state-led Common Core standards adoption. She said by school year 2014-15, all state school districts will be faced with the adoption of the mandated standards, which are focused on conceptual understanding of materials.

The board was told only time will tell if students will be able to conquer the rigorous examination of their literacy and math knowledge. But they were encouraged by reports from the district administrators, who believe a case can be made for the students’ future success.

She said Washington state is one of 46 states which have moved to adopt the Common Core standards in the belief teaching the commonalties of educational materials in an integrated way will help students to become college and career ready.

The focus, Kozai said, is on improving the literacy standards of literature, math, social studies and science.

High school students will be given the opportunity to take a practice Common Core standards test this spring, even though the district will not receive any results from those practice tests, Kozai told the board.

But students will be getting a firsthand look at what the test will entail, she added.

Kozai said the state-mandated test goes into effect next school year.

‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

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