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DESE: Districts are rolling out new standards

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new survey shows Missouri school districts are beginning to put into action a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math.

The new Common Core standards have been fully adopted by all but four states nationwide. They replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had varied greatly from state to state.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Educations says about 6,000 teachers and administrators from across the state completed the survey. Seventy percent of the respondents reported they have or are currently in the process of implementing the standards.

Most teachers who were surveyed reported that they are receiving necessary training.

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro says she is pleased with the results. She called the standards “crucial” to preparing students for postsecondary education and careers.


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