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Arizona school district ready for the Common Core

THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 2012 16:24 PM

While many schools across the country are expected to have the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in place by the start of the 2014-2015 school year, not every institution is prepared for the transition.

However, Arizona’s Flagstaff Unified School District does not have this problem, thanks to Dave Dirksen, the District’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, who is very optimistic about the implementation of the CCSS, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

"You're good enough, they're good enough - let's just do this thing," Dirksen said of Flagstaff’s teachers and students, as quoted by the news source.

To prepare students for the academic changes they will face during the 2014-2015 school year, the District is introducing the new State Standards in math and English to kindergartners and first-graders this year, the news outlet reported. In 2013, the implementation process will expand to the second through third, and sixth through eighth grades. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Flagstaff’s fourth, fifth and high school grades will be introduced to the CCSS.

According to the Arizona Department of Education website, should students be able to meet these new Standards, they will help create a nation that is more competitive in today’s global economy.