Denise Juneau, the superintendent of public instruction for Montana, is suggesting that The Treasure State adapt to the Common Core State Standards, which the majority of the country has joined in an effort to gauge student achievement.
According to the Billings Gazette, Juneau asked the state’s Board of Public Education to consider adopting these standards, as she said that it will help prepare students for college and jobs. Many academic officials in the past have suggested that these new regulations are more vigorous than most state guidelines.
As of now, the news provider reports that 43 states have joined the movement. If the education board agrees to Juneau’s request, the standards could go into effect in Montana as early as the 2012 school year.
"What I like about these standards is they are much clearer," Juneau said in an interview with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. "A parent of an eighth-grader could look at them and get a real good idea what their child should be learning."