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Arkansas schools to phase in Common Core State Standards
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011 16:06 PM

As students trickle into classrooms across Arkansas to begin the new school year, they will begin to notice changes to their English and math curricula, Carroll County News reported. The academic changes are due to the state's adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative.

Arkansas adopted the CCSS on July 12, 2010, according to the initiative's website. This means that once the standards are fully implemented, the state's students will learn the same way as their peers nationwide.

The state will slowly phase in the standards, beginning with kindergarten through second-grade classes, the news source stated. The following academic year, the CCSS will be introduced to third- through eighth-grade classes, while ninth- through twelfth-grade students will be introduced to the changes during the 2013-2014 school year.

These standards, which have been adopted by 44 states, are evidence-based and aligned with what is expected of individuals in higher education and work settings, according to the initiative's website. Furthermore, their rigorous content is described as being clear and consistent.