U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited San Diego this morning to meet with students and teachers about the Common Core program.
He visited Angier Elementary School in Park View, popping into a fifth-grade classroom that uses Common Core practices to help them with a class project.
Duncan also met with a group of 10 teachers who are using the program to get input on the initiative that started in San Diego last year.
San Diego schools were given $22 million for the program and used 60 percent of their funds for professional development in schools.
“We start in kindergarten getting kids ready for college and career. It’s not just something you start in high school,” said San Diego Schools Superintendent Cindy Marten. “You can’t wait until high school to have kids college and career ready, so our standards begin here in kindergarten at our elementary schools.”
After visiting at Angier, Duncan was headed downtown to speak about Common Core with the Council of Chief State School Officers at their annual policy forum meeting.