By Kayla Carter
When you talk with someone involved with Carter County schools’ push into Common Core standards, it isn’t unusual to hear them refer in some way to “depth.”
As in: A more in-depth approach to learning and teaching.
Or, “We are diving in deeper.”
And, “The biggest change … is the depth at which it is taught.”
That’s because for many county school system educators, the time is past for getting their feet wet with the new and sometimes controversial standards. They’re wading in.
Carter County is actually in its third year implementing Common Core, and each year has added a bit more change to local education.
Those changes have been creating challenges for students, teachers, administrators and parents alike, said Jerri Beth Nave, Carter County Schools director of federal programs and testing.
The county fully implemented Common Core standards in math and English language arts for kindergarten through eighth grade this year.
In the 2010-2011 school year, kindergarten through second-grade math and English language arts Common Core standards were put into place. Grades three through eight saw Common Core standards partially implemented in math during the 2011-2012 school year and the next school year math was fully implemented in those grades.
Nave said she is happy to see high schools in the county begin to acknowledge the imminent changes, which are slated to come their way next year.
“I think our high schools are further along in the Common Core implementation than maybe high schools in some of the other systems,” Nave said. “It’s not fully mandated in high school yet.”