ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage School District announced Tuesday it may soon be expecting more from its students, under a proposal to adopt nationally-recognized education standards called Common Core State Standards.
At a press conference, Superintendent Carol Comeau said adopting the standards -- which affect english and math subjects -- would bring benefits to both students and the district.
She said students could expect more specific requirements under the Common Core curriculum, saying that Alaska's own state education standards -- which are currently under revision -- are sub-par when compared to other states.
For an example, Darla Jones -- the curriculum director for the Anchorage School District -- said under the Common Core curriculum, a sixth-grader would be expected to use a computer to type three pages of text in a single sitting. Under the current Alaska state standards, students are simply required to write "with a word processor using formatting features to produce a final draft."