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New standards make tests tougher

Rosendale Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Diane Beckert and her math students work on solving multi-step problems in December.
Rosendale Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Diane Beckert and her math students work on solving multi-step problems in December.
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Students may do poorly on state tests they will take beginning next week, say education officials, with scores potentially dropping 30 percent or more from last year’s exams. The reason: a more challenging curriculum called the Common Core affecting students in grades 3-8 this year and high school next year. The new curriculum, designed to make sure students are more prepared for college, involves more reading, writing and critical thinking. The state Board of Regents ...


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