WATERVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Waterville Central School District is the only district in Oneida County starting Wednesday and the principal of Waterville Elementary said students will be facing some changes this upcoming school year.
This year, teachers will be working to fill the gap between the state assessment tests and the new curriculum. With the Common Core curriculum, students can expect more non-fiction reading, more writing, and an emphasis on math skills.
Students will be happy to hear, teachers aren't planning on handing out more homework, but the principal of Waterville Elementary School says the quality will be different.
Homework will reflect what students learned in school that day and math homework will consist of real life application problems.
The principal said students will find their days more challenging and the best way to ensure the success of this curriculum is to teach the parents too.
"I feel it's so important to educate the parents. One of the things we are doing here in mid-October is having a Common Core Curriculum night for families so that parents can understand exactly what their children are going through and what is expected of them and possibly be able to in turn help them more," said Maureen Gray.
Gray also said it will take a few years to fill that gap between the curriculum and the state tests, but that schools are on the right track.