Westfield High School in Jordan, Ohio, is the latest to join the growing list of schools to use the new Common Core standards.
The school has been the first school to adopt the new standard for reading since the new year, and is now in the process of moving to the standard.
The decision to move forward with the standard, the first of its kind in the country, has led to some controversy.
Many students have expressed concern about the new standards and even questioned their value, citing the increased pressure placed on schools to meet them.
The Westfield community is divided over the new reading standards.
“I think it is good,” said Jordan High senior Darcy Lipscomb.
“I think we need to focus on what we can do and how to make the school better.”
Westfield is one of the first in the nation to adopt a Common Core reading and writing test, and has become a symbol of the new wave of standardized testing, and of the rise of online learning.
In addition to the Common Core, the district also introduced new reading and math testing in 2017.
Westfield is located in a predominantly white neighborhood with relatively few minority students.
The district has faced backlash in recent years for its policies toward students of color.
A petition launched in 2016 against the new standardized testing system and the school’s new curriculum included many comments from students who criticized the changes, saying they felt that the school had no role to play in improving their lives.
The controversy surrounding the new curriculum and standards, which are currently being implemented in the district, has created some unease in the community, which has not always been so welcoming to the new changes.
“There are people who are really against it, but they are scared of the consequences,” Lipscom said.
“We have to keep going.”
The school will move to the Standardization Initiative next year, but many students still are concerned about the school moving forward with a new reading standard.
“Westfield needs to be a safe space,” Linscomb said.
“They are doing the best they can, but there is a real sense that this is going to happen.”
This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of New York magazine.