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Forum on Common Core curriculum set for Santa Rosa

The Sonoma County Office of Education and state Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, will hold a community forum Thursday on the new Common Core educational curriculum.

A panel discussion including Nancy Brownell, senior fellow of the state Board of Education; Josh Deis, mathematics program coordinator with the county office of education; Kathy Harris, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; Chuck Wade, career technical education coordinator with the county office of education; and others will address how the new standards will affect schools in Sonoma County. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions.

The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Elsie Allen High School theater, 599 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa.

Next month, students across Sonoma County and California will be tested on the Common Core curriculum for the first time. Results from the new test, dubbed Smarter Balanced, will not be released publicly as officials use results to examine any snags in the administration of the computer-only exam.

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