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National TV Special Features Long Beach


A national, one-hour TV special on Common Core State Standards presented by the Spanish-language Univision network last Sunday featured a teacher, student and parent from Long Beach’s Millikan High School.

The special titled, “¡Entérate!: Nuevos Exámenes Escolares” (Get Informed! New Academic Assessments), provides information to parents on the significant changes in teaching and learning that their children are experiencing under new academic standards rolling out across most U.S. school districts. The special is hosted by the co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), Pamela Silva Conde, and features Andres Antonio Alonso of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In the special, teacher Elizabeth Meza, student Jasmin Olmos and parent Graciela Lopez, all from Millikan, help to explain how instruction and testing have changed under newer academic standards. The show’s participants discuss, for instance, how students can no longer guess on multiple choice exams but instead must explain their answers using evidence. This approach can require extra preparation time at home, but by focusing on in-depth learning, students become better prepared for college.

The Common Core Standards were developed by teachers, parents, school administrators and other experts across the nation. The standards are designed to help prepare students for success in college and careers. Learn more about the standards.