State Education Board Delays New Language Arts Curriculum

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AUSTIN (AP) - The State Board of Education has postponed until next year the adoption of new reading and writing curriculum standards for Texas public school students.

Education groups urged the board to allow more time for teachers to provide input on how to best teach English language arts.

Last week's decision means the board will vote on new curriculum in February, rather than taking action this fall.

The board now says it wants the new curriculum for the 2009-2010 school year, with new standards accompanied by new instruction materials and end-of-course exams.

The state's reading curriculum was last revamped ten years ago.