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New educational standards up the ante in English and math

10:31 PM, Dec. 26, 2012
Student Rachel Maloney, right, works on a math problem with teacher Mark Schommer Tuesday morning at D.C. Everest Senior High School in Weston.
Student Rachel Maloney, right, works on a math problem with teacher Mark Schommer Tuesday morning at D.C. Everest Senior High School in Weston.
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Students in local classrooms are reading more nonfiction, writing more complex papers and doing more real-life math problems than their predecessors did just a couple of years ago.

The more-rigorous curriculum comes as school districts in north central Wisconsin and across the state conform to Common Core State Standards for English and math. Those standards are specific criteria that outline what students need to know and when they need to know it, and they place a premium on literacy and critical-thinking skills.

Common Core was adopted by the state's Department of Public Instruction ...

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