Skip to main content
Common Core State Standards changes under way at Michigan schools
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 16:30 PM

In Michigan, students and officials at the Hartland School District are preparing for the academic changes the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will bring, Hartland's Patch website reported.

On June 15, 2010, Michigan’s Board of Education adopted the CCSS, which, according to the national initiative’s website, will provide clear and consistent framework that will prepare students for both their college and professional careers. As a result, students and teachers can expect changes to the ways in which English and mathematics are taught.

For example, while ninth-graders in the Hartland School District typically take algebra, the new Standards will require them to take a course titled secondary mathematics 1, or an honors version of this class, Patch reported. As students progress in this course, they will learn about such mathematical concepts as algebra, geometry, statistics and pre-calculus.

Come 2014, the CCSS will do away with the need for the Michigan Merit Exam and the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP, according to the news source.

"If we can truly reduce the number of skills at any given time that we’re expecting kids to master and have kids dig deeper on that, I'm hopeful that the Common Core is a good change for us," Ron Roberts, superintendent at Chippewa Valley Schools, told the news outlet.