September 4, 2014
“New English language arts standards for public schools get endorsement from university, community college officials”
Omaha World-Herald

Proposed new English language arts standards for Nebraska public schools won a key endorsement Thursday.

College and university representatives from across the state signed off on the standards, calling them rigorous enough to prepare students for college and careers.

The endorsement clears the way for approval by the Nebraska Board of Education Friday.

Under the standards, students will be expected to think critically, avoid plagiarism, conduct thorough research and master a variety of writing styles from poetic to persuasive.

Students would also be expected to master social media, diligently cite sources, use online information and communicate digitally in a safe and ethical manner.

Once the standards are approved, school districts must, within a year, either adopt the new state requirements or pass their own of similar or greater rigor.

The standards, developed by Nebraska educators, would replace the set adopted in 2009…

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