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Cheney students struggle with Common Core

Part One - In September, the Washington state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released a variety of data on 2018 student test scores. This data addressed test scores by age group, subject matter and more. In its Cheney School District data series, the Cheney Free Press will be breaking down this data and explaining what it means for the district, teachers and students throughout the West Plains.


October 11, 2018

Walter Willand

Cheney residents looking at the state's 2018 test scores may be alarmed, as the average score on standardized assessments for incoming sixth- and ninth-graders nosedived from the mid-70s to the low 40s and 50s. But Cheney School District officials insist all is not as it appears, chalking up the dip in scores to changing testing standards thanks to the recently instituted "Common Core" curriculum.

Cheney students haven't lost knowledge and teachers haven't stopped teaching effectively, but they are navigating an uphill battle to reestablish high test scores district-wide. Following the swit...

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