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    Inside the Common Core classroom

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Jan 24 2015 04:00 PM

    Public schools are in the thick of a wholesale shift in both how students are instructed and how they're tested. That shift largely involves implementation of new federal learning guidelines known as Common Core State Standards.

    Common Core, which encompasses kindergarten through high school, outlines what students should know and be able to do in each subject and grade.

    Those standards are more rigorous than what students and teachers are used to, says Amber Gates, a second-grade teacher at Garza Elementary School in the Bakersfield City School District.

    It's about understanding concepts, being able to explain that understanding and apply it to solve real-world problems. The road to Common Core began in December 2008, when a group...

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    THE GRADE: Eighth-grader and published author

    GOOD KNIGHTS: Isaac Bowers, 14, plays football every day. He's been playing the sport for seven years and earning straight A's in the meantime. Worth noting? Yes. Unusual? Not really. What makes Isaac stand out is he is a published...

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    State chancellor's office recommends BC offer four-year degree

    Bakersfield College is on the cusp of becoming one of the first 15 community colleges in California to offer a bachelor’s degree — in industrial automation — as part of a temporary, pilot program. The California Community Colleges Board...

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    State considers changing how it evaluates schools

    Standardized tests, in large part, have for more than a decade determined how California measures success of local schools. But with the onset of a new testing system, state officials are considering using more measures to hold schools...

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    Tuition-free community college? Obama says he has a vision

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will propose today making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to...

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    Bakersfield students program robots to compete

    Centennial High students wired, tested and reconfigured robots Wednesday in a robotics room on their Hageman Road campus. While one group tried to get its robot to pick up cube- and pole-shaped objects, another student wired a bot shaped...

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    THE GRADE: KHSD talks earlier school year

    DISTRICTS TALK EARLY START: School officials in districts throughout Kern County are considering plans to start the 2015-2016 school year a couple of days early. Kern High School District trustees voted last school year to start the...

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    Local students nominated to prestigious U.S. military academies

    A second-time applicant from Stockdale High, a student earning a perfect 800 score in reading on the SAT, a student at a military institute and a volunteer with more than 800 hours of community service earned House Majority Leader Kevin...

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    PBIS program gets mixed reviews

    A survey of local educators administered by The Californian reveals only one concrete finding about a new approach to school discipline being widely embraced by Bakersfield school districts: The jury is still out. Opinions on the...

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    CSUB students move into new digs

    Gabriella Strand, a Cal State Bakersfield freshman, walked across the east end of campus Friday carrying two betta fish in a two-compartment fish tank the size of a shoe box. Her father, Mickey Strand, toted a door mirror and a plastic...

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    THE GRADE: The ins & outs of education in Kern County

    SOLAR ENERGY AT AIM: Kevin Crosby, a local special education teacher, is hoping to bring an award-winning program to students at the Alternative Instructional Methods (AIM) Center at Vista West continuation high school. His goal is to...

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    Industrial automation degree would be a welcome addition in Bakersfield

    Bakersfield College student Robert Ruiz had been a technician for 10 years and an electrician for seven when he hurt his back in 2011, forcing him to pick another career. So Ruiz, 40, started over. It took him about six months to get out...

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    THE GRADE: Giving computers and mittens

    TECH THE HALLS Litzy Diaz, 9, drew four red circles enclosing a yellow one on a V7 personal computer Monday in east Bakersfield. It's a flower, she said. She drew it using a painting application with Linda Fiddler, executive director of...

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