Education officials in Orange County, Calif., say they believe the new Common Core State Standards could help close achievement gaps for struggling students. During a forum to discuss the new standards, education leaders highlighted potential benefits for these students, including a focus on fewer concepts and coordinated expectations across grade levels and schools. "With fewer common core standards, we maybe have a chance to close that gap (that starts as early as) kindergarten," said Sherry Kropp, superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District.

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