An important day for students in North Dakota, as educational leaders come together to develop a plan for learning.
North Dakota is transitioning to "Common Core State Standards." At this point, all but a handful of States have adopted the new Standards. North Dakota students will be assessed on "Common Core Standards" for the first time in April 2015. State educational leaders say times have changed and students must be educated so they can compete in the new global economy.
"Our students, in order to compete globally, they need to have skills in math and English that they didn't need to have 30 years ago. And so those standards have changed. Our expectations have changed. Our country's students, and most importantly, our students in North Dakota need to remain competitive with that global marketplace that they'll be living in," says Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Educators say implementing Common Core Standards is all about educating differently and more efficiently. This is not a Federal mandate, and individual States can choose whether to participate.
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