The Common Core

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common coreST. JOHNSBURY — The St. Johnsbury school board discussed the new Common Core on Monday night. Parents in St. Johnsbury are worried about what the new educational requirements may mean for their children.

 The Common Core is a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts, literacy and mathematics. This is designed to ensure that students who graduating from high schools are prepared to take credit in introductory courses in college programs or enter the workforce.

48 states came together to develop the Common Core, and currently, 43 states have voluntarily adopted and are working to implement the standards.

Comparing to the previous State Education Standards, which varied widely from state to state, the Common Core enables collaboration among states on a range of tools and policies.

Dr. Ranny Bledsoe, the superintendent of the school board, said that people felt frustrated because they did not really know what the Common Core is.

“They kind of hear it talked about and they don’t really know what is it. Is it a book? Is it a test? I think because people aren’t fully informed, some of them feel their children are going to be asked something that they don’t really understand,” Dr. Bledsoe said.

Dr. Bledsoe also said they are planning a community forum on the Common Core in the new future.