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New High School Equivalency Exam Demands More of Teachers

“I’m constantly looking at Common Core,” said Erin LeGendre, a teacher at CASES, an alternative education program. “I’m trying to teach my students how to think on a higher level.” That’s no easy assignment. Most teachers at programs like these do not have to be certified and are paid less than their public school peers. Their students often deal with significant challenges in school — and life. But the teachers at CASES said the more rigorous standards were making them better at their jobs. And many students, too, were responding well to the extra demands.