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Making Grade On Keystone

District hopes to improve scores

August 5, 2013

The Warren County School District is now formally putting programs into place that will help with remediation efforts for students who were not successful on the Keystone Exams....

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saveourschools

Aug-05-13 6:57 AM

According to PDE, these tests are currently only a requirement for the graduating class of 2017 and beyond. I say currently because these tests are at the center of the controversy about the common core standards that is being argued at state level. Standards are still being developed and changed. Call the state if you doubt me....

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saveourschools

Aug-05-13 7:15 AM

Currently, the way the requirement is written, once the test becomes the requirement, those students will not be required to do the pa graduation project. Right now, our district is scrabbling to force this requirement on kids whom are not required to do it plus these kids are still required to do the project. Our district should not be putting anyone other than the incoming freshman and beyond through this testing if indications are that they will even require it. Some say no and some yes. parents of sophomores through Seniors need to be questioning this.

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saveourschools

Aug-05-13 7:19 AM

For those worried about common core, the study island software is common core software too. It is aligned with it and it is to help teachers in teaching it, keystones are just a part of this software....

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saveourschools

Aug-05-13 7:27 AM

Our state currently has 5 pieces of legislation in the works. They are looking to keep common core out of pa, other states who adopted it are trying to find ways to get out it. This is for very good reason. The problem is that while the state says no the districts can still align their curriculums with it yo gain grant incentives. That is exactly what race yo the top is and our district accepted that grant without the requirements for it even being complete. The cost for the stipulations of the grant are most likely surpassing the monies received too. If parents in this district are breathing a sign of relief with Pa not aligning with common core then they need to look more closely at what is happening in our own district because its here....

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saveourschools

Aug-05-13 7:28 AM

Sorry for cell phone posted typos

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teacher

Aug-05-13 9:21 AM

"Saveourschools" is right. WCSD has a long history of jumping into everything that comes along with both feet, many times before it's even necessary. I suppose they think they are being proactive, but sometimes it's not the best choice.

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