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Common Core State Standards have Indiana kindergartners learning at a faster pace

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011 16:26 PM

Although the current class of kindergartners at North View Elementary School in Indiana do not realize it, their curricula is different from that which was taught to last year's students, The Star Press reported. This is because the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are now in use in the institution's kindergarten classrooms.

At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, the CCSS replaced the Indiana Academic Standards at North View and the state's other kindergarten classes, according to the news source. While students may be unaware of the change in the curriculum, for teachers, the difference is quite noticeable, as it is more rigorous.

"The kids start moving at 8:30 [a.m.] and they don't come up for air until 2:30 [p.m.]," Kristy Nacrelli, a kindergarten teacher at North View, told the news outlet.

For example, Nacrelli's class was originally set to learn about subtraction in April, the news source reported. Thanks to the CCSS, these kindergartners will now focus on this topic within the next few weeks.

The initiative's website states that from kindergarten through the fifth grade, students in schools that have adopted the CCSS will receive a solid foundation in key mathematical areas, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.