Southold hosting Common Core meeting

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11/06/2013 12:06 PM |
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Southold school board president Paulette Ofrias, left, and Superintendent David Gamberg during Wednesday night's meeting. Ms. Ofrias read a resolution

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Southold school board president Paulette Ofrias, left, and Superintendent David Gamberg are expected to discuss Common Core Wednesday night.

Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg and school board members are expected to address concerns Wednesday about standardized testing and how Common Core curriculum is being implemented inside the classroom.

The meeting comes two weeks after the school board’s regular October meeting when a group of parents protested the state’s new education mandates.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative primarily requires instructors to teach more non-fiction and more rigorous math to students at a younger age, and is a set of national standards designed to raise the bar for classroom instruction. It’s also designed to help prepare students for college and careers upon graduating high school.

After New York adopted Common Core, the state published lesson plans for teachers to help students achieve the new standards. The state doesn’t mandate schools to use these specific lesson plans, but they are available online at engageny.org.

In addition to Common Core talks, school officials are expected to discuss the “opting out” movement against the state’s standardized testing.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Check back for coverage from tonight’s meeting.

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