Kids in Quincy may have had the day off of school, but teachers were back in the classroom today, learning new guidelines for your child's education.
Teachers spent the day planning for new Common Core Standards guidelines, focusing on math curriculum.
Common core will be mandatory for Illinois schools for the 2014-2015 school year.
QHS Assistant Principal Jody Steinke says it's an important chance for teachers to reflect.
"Sometimes you get caught up in the day to day grind and it just goes by so fast that you don't have time to stop and think about is this the best way to approach this topic? Math, for instance, today," he said.
Officials say they're ahead of most Illinois schools and already starting to give students the advantages of the new standards.
"I don't want something to a student and have them know it this week, and years from now it's not useful... it's information they can't use. We want the students learning material for a lifetime so we don't have to keep repeating the same things over and over," says High School math teacher Todd Klauser.
School officials say the Common Core Standards changes won't be drastic, but they help students apply a broader range of lessons.
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