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In DCSD we exceed Common Core standards

CASTLE ROCK - As Colorado continues the implementation of Common Core Standards, some parents are becoming concerned about the impact they may have on the education of their children. Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen wants Douglas County School District parents to know that the Common Core Standards are not rigorous enough for our kids. That is why DCSD has created World Class Outcomes—which surpass the state standards by requiring students to use higher levels of thinking.

“The state has adopted the Common Core. That is what is required on the state level. There are districts that are implementing the Common Core and everything about it. That is not Douglas County. That is not what we are about,” explained DCSD  Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen.

Douglas County teachers evaluated the standards and found them to be inadequate.

“Most of the standards, including the common core standards just ask our students to use low-level thinking skills. That is not good enough in this day and age—not for our students and frankly, not for any students,” Fagen said.

As a result, DCSD and other progressive school districts are setting the bar higher.

April 23, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category:

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