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Arizona school district implements Common Core State Standards in math early
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2011 16:40 PM

Once states implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), their schools' K-5 math curricula will transition to lessons that help students develop a foundation in important subjects, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, according to the initiative's website.

Rather than wait until the 2013-2014 academic year, when the CCSS will officially take effect, K-3 and high school algebra II students who attend classes in the Chandler Unified School District in Arizona are already being exposed to the new math Standards, The Arizona Republic reported.

Nicolle Karantinos, director of curriculum and career ladder for the District, told the news source that the schools had the resources and timeline necessary to implement the Standards this past July, as opposed to later. The early transition is among the goals that make up the District's Journey 2020 program.

"We are prepared to teach the new Standards now," Karantinos added. "We will continue to work hard until our teachers feel comfortable."

The news outlet stated that the new math Standards are more complex and will draw on real-life examples to help students solve problems.