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Changes for Kansas social studies curriculum standards means no more teaching to the test

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No more teaching to the test.  That's the message coming from teachers and administrators after passage of new Kansas curriculum standards.

The standards are changing this year for social sciences.

Pittsburg High School history teacher Gary Wolgamott says he's already aligned his classes and is glad there a fewer standards, giving teachers time to go in depth on topics.

Teachers do have to incorporate 16 habits of the mind, things like perseverance as well as meet Common Core standards that stress English Language Arts Mastery.

Wolgamott says teachers are excited about the changes.

"It really hasn't changed the content that I'm teaching, but the focus isn't on making sure every student knows every single fact," says Wolgamott.  "It's how students have developed those necessary skills that goes along with content."

The goal along with adopting the Common Core standards is to get students college or career ready.

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