First Day Of School Brings Changes To The Classroom


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT ) Thousands of kids in the Magic Valley started school Tuesday.

The way local students are taught in the classroom are changing though.

This school year Idaho core standards are being implemented.
It was a busy day for teachers and students.

The first day of school is a time to meet new friends and dig right into the curriculum.

Changes are in full effect this school year, compared to previous years.

"We've been preparing for the Idaho Core Standards over the past year. Our teachers have put in a lot of work, time, and effort. What we are doing is ratcheting up what we expect our student to know and do and provide instruction to get them to that bar” said Superintendent Dr. Wiley Dobbs.

The Idaho core standards will provide more hours spent on English and Math in the classroom.

These new guidelines were adopted by the state in 2009.

"I think they will notice that they will be writing more, I think they're going to notice that they will be reading more non-fiction and doing work related projects with writing and reading. They will be across the curriculum doing that work” said Dobbs.

More than 86-hundred students in the Twin Falls School District walked down the halls on the first day of school with excitement

"There is always a lot of enthusiasm on the first day of school. The teachers and students are always excited, it is the new school year. A lot of excitement is going through their mind of all the newness” said Kasey Teske, Canyon Ridge High School.

New classes, friends, and standards, all to improve the Idaho education system to prepare students for college.

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