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Teacher Standards Going Up

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Standards are going up for new teachers in Washington state.

The bar is as high as ever for new teachers here in Washington state, and leaders say that'll translate right into the classroom.

The new requirements, called Standard V, are designed to make sure teachers enter the classroom with better math skills, a better cultural understanding and local districts say higher standards almost always make for better classrooms.

"We always need to keep our teachers abreast of the newest and the latest things in education and how they can prepare students in order to get the student achievement," said Glenda Cloud who's in charge of hiring for Pasco Schools. 

Local districts say the new standards won't change their hiring practices because they'll have to have already been met before teachers get their teaching credentials.