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Cain says expectations now higher for kids, teachers, public schools

The state is implementing higher expectations for both students and schools, reported Ellsworth Superintendent Barry Cain Monday night.

He referred to a quote from State Superintendent Tony Evers: "Kids' abilities have not changed. What is changing is what it means to be college and career ready."

Cain used both a video and a PowerPoint presentation to explain the new expectations.

He said revised scoring methods have raised the bar, and students will now be compared internationally.

There will be new common core standards. The standards for math and language arts have already been released, and new core standards for social studies and sciences will be coming out soon. Cain said higher-level skills will be taught to students at a younger age, and teaching will focus on problem solving and college readiness.

Also new teacher and principal valuation systems will be implemented. Student performance will be a factor in those evaluations, said Cain.

He said the state will release district and building-level report cards Oct. 22.

"In general, we're happy," said Cain of the district's standing. "We're happy with what we're seeing."

For more please read the Oct. 10 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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