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Williams Educator Wins Rural Teacher of the Year Award

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Lela Schober, who was selected as the 2016 Coconino County Rural Teacher of the Year, attributes much of her success in the classroom to her state’s challenging new education standards, which are based on the Common Core. “My kids are graded on how they actually interact with the standard after I have taught it to them,” Schober says. “Yes, they have to take the standardized test but I believe my kids are learning at a higher level than the test, so when they go take the test they’re ready.” As 21 State Teachers of the Year wrote previously, Schober adds that Arizona’s standards do not limit creativity in the classroom. Across the country, states that have committed to rigorous standards and high-quality assessments are beginning to see improvements in student achievement.

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