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Kentucky's Education Commissioner on Common Core: Changes Had to Happen in the Classroom

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) (05/19/14) Spears, Valarie Honeycutt

At a panel discussion about the Common Core State Standards at the Education Writers Association conference, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said states implementing the standards must continue to improve them. Kentucky was the first state to adopt and implement the standards, and it also created a Common Core-based accountability system. "We knew to do this we had to change what happens in the classroom," he said. Holliday added that states should not hold teachers accountable for the standards as soon as they are implemented, noting that Kentucky's accountability system is still being rolled out. He also discussed plans to revise the state's standards through the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge, with the standards to be posted online in August and suggestions to be accepted from citizens for about six months.
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