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Teachers Cram for Common Core

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While most of their students are out enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures, nearly 300 teachers are spending two days at the Bayfront Convention Center.

They are learning about Common Core Standards, a new way in which your children will be taught.

Common Core sets benchmarks that students should reach by a certain age. It focuses on fewer subjects but strives to teach them better, core standards that all students will need to compete in the global marketplace.

"We teach a mile wide and an inch deep," Erie Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams told us.

For instance, students would not be taught addition, subtraction, multiplication and division at the same time. Younger students would be required to know their numbers and add and subtract. Once those skills are learned then multiplication and division can be taught, hopefully with better retention because the student has already mastered other basic skills.

The standards would only act as minimums and individual districts are free to add other subjects once core lessons are learned.

The goal would also create standards that would be the same in every state, as opposed to 50 sets of standards each agreed upon by individual states.

Districts can begin teaching core standards at any time but are looking to be completely in place by 2017.

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