|GRADING ON A CURVE: Most teachers are "somewhat ready" at best
for Common Core.
The Illinois State Board of Education's own teacher survey shows just 17.5
percent of teachers say they are fully prepared for Common Core.
That's slightly more than the 11.5 percent of teachers who say they are
completely unprepared to teach the new benchmarks for reading and math.
Most teachers, 67 percent of those asked, say they are only somewhat prepared
for the learning standards that will be tested for the first time next year.
"In our region, we're slowly gaining more and more traction, more and more
confidence," Regional Superintendent Mark Jontry told Illinois Watchdog.
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Jontry oversees 23 school districts and 35,000 students in McLean,
Livingston and DeWitt counties.
Illinois adopted the new Common Core Standards in 2010, and this
year 125,000 Illinois students were guinea pigs for the "test of the
test" for Common Core.
All students between third grade and their junior year of high
school will be tested in 2015.
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