By KELLIANNE GAMMILL
Preston Junior High School Principal Curtis Jenson is looking forward to adopting the Common Core State Standards this upcoming school year. The standards emphasize college and work readiness skills.
“I’m excited for the change and for the tools that it offers. I’m hoping to see a lot of great things come out of the junior high in the future, so I’ll try to do the same,” Jenson said.
Though he looks forward to the changes, Jenson had nothing to do with the adoption of the standards.
“The changes aren’t originating with me,” Jenson said. “That said, I’m definitely in favor of the change to what is called either the Common Core or the new Idaho Core – same thing, different name.”
States voluntarily adopt the standards and are not pressured by the federal government to do so, according to the Common Core handbook.
“The Common Core is basically a set of standards and goals that every state could choose to adopt if they wanted,” Jenson said. “Nearly every state has adopted some form of the standards, which means that going forward, kids that relocate should get a much more even experience.”
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