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Common Core makes math class more fun and complex for Connecticut students

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 16:00 PM

Fifth-graders at Dwight Elementary School in Fairfield, Connecticut are excited about math class, thanks in part to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), The Daily Fairfield reported.

Ryan Carroll, the students' fifth-grade teacher, finds the young learners' passion for mathematics to be "remarkable." According to the news source, the educator is one of four instructors who has been running a CCSS-inspired pilot program for the past three years.

In the fall, the Fairfield Public School System will transition its elementary curriculum to the CCSS for grades three through five. While the goal is to better prepare students for the learning they will do in middle school and beyond, Fairfield officials also hope to make math more exciting.

"We want students to automatically know their basic facts, so that a bigger, higher level thinking is easier for them," Ana Cutaia-Leonard, the System's director of elementary education, told the news outlet.

According to Fairfield's website, third-graders currently learn how to count by 2s, 5s, 10s, 50s and 100s. Beginning next year, students will tackle different ways of counting in earlier grades. In addition, fifth-graders are currently expected to add and subtract fractions. With the new Standards in place, students at this grade level will be multiplying and dividing fractions.