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100-plus educators get training on ‘Common Core’ standards

May 10, 2011

175 teachers, department heads and curriculum directors from across Rhode Island have received training on a new set of national curriculum guidelines known as the Common Core Standards. Rhode Island has pledged to adopt the Common Core, and the training is part of the first phase of the state’s $75-million federal Race to the Top grant.

State officials more sessions on the Common Core standards are upcoming. They are also ready to roll out training for prinicpals, who will be conducting new annual teacher evaluations starting in September.
A model evaluation system developed by the state has been piloted this year in Johnston, Portsmouth and the Beacon Charter School in Woonsocket.

A spokesperson from the Rhode Island Department of Education says RIDE has also hired the consulting firm UPD to create a computer program that will help state officials track school district’s use of their Race to the Top funding.

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