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      Proposed Revisions to Language Arts Standards to Require Deeper Thinking

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      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Officials say the proposed revisions in state language arts standards would require deeper thinking from Nebraska students.

      Tricia Parker-Siemers of the Nebraska Education Department says the revisions would require students "to do deeper thinking and to explore that thinking either verbally or in writing and to support their thinking with research and facts."

      The revisions would update the 2009 standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, spelling out what skills students must master in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

      The Nebraska State Board of Education on Tuesday approved releasing the proposals for public feedback.

      Another focus of the updates is strengthening standards on the use of digital technology and social media.

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