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Taskforce created for common core implementation

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A taskforce was created to help with the implementation of the common core state standards.

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order Tuesday to create the Educators' Common Core Implementation Taskforce.

In a news release, he said the group would identify challenges and gaps in common core preparation and make recommendations on how to improve the education plan.

The taskforce will be made of teachers, parents and administrators.

"We have an obligation to ensure that all children in the state of Connecticut receive a quality education that will provide them with the necessary tools to lead successful lives in today's global economy," Malloy said. "Seeking the input of the teachers and education professionals who are directly involved in the day-to-day activities of our public school system, along with parents, will help the state in our efforts to improve our schools."

The development of the common core set of educational standards began in 2009. A year later, the state Board of Education adopted it as a way to make students college and career-ready, according to Malloy said.

In the state's current budget, Malloy said he proposed $14.6 million for training and coaching educators.

"Connecticut teachers and education professionals have raised legitimate concerns that preparations for the implementation of common core state standards and the incorporation of common core state standards into the teaching curriculum have been uneven across the state," Malloy said.

Malloy said the new taskforce was being asked to consider ways to advance the translation of the common core into the curriculums.

The group has been asked for recommendations to be submitted no later than Jun. 30, which would be in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

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