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Some school officials concerned about being prepared for Common Core exams

CEDARBURG, WI (WTAQ) - Educators were among those who warded off a GOP effort to drop Wisconsin's Common Core school standards.

Now, some school officials wonder if they'll be ready for the state exams that will be based on those standards next spring for the first time.

The Cedarburg School Board is expected to decide this week if it will ask the state to delay the new testing -- which will be online for the first time. Rural school districts like Antigo wonder if they have enough bandwidth in their new wireless Internet service to adequately run the exams.

Technology consultant Carol Hughes, a former official in the Oak Creek-Franklin schools, wonders if students are ready for the new type of testing -- in which more questions will be require text writings, instead of mainly multiple choice items.

The state reading and math tests are scheduled to be based on the tougher Common Core standards.

The Department of Public Instruction recently sought proposals from outside firms to create formats for the new tests.

Most Wisconsin schools are said to be making varied progress of aligning its instruction to the Common Core standards. Some youngsters have taken practice exams with the new format.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)