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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Common Core State Standards detail new district academic expectations

Thursday, December 13, 2012 | 11:54 a.m. CST; updated 2:06 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.

The records: The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers developed the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which was adopted by Missouri and subsequently, Columbia Public Schools. The standards show what expectations Columbia schools will now implement in their curriculum for math and language arts.

Why you'd want them: The standards show the new focus of the district's curriculum and soon-to-be-developed state accountability tests.

Where you get the records: Go to http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards  and look for the linked documents at the bottom of the page titled "Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects" and "Common Core State Standards for Mathematics." The links will open PDFs that detail the standards in their entirety.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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