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District to purchase textbooks that are Common Core State Standards-compatible
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 16:37 PM

As the majority of the U.S. has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many schools are beginning to transition to new curricula that meet the goals established by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Due to these academic changes, some schools, which would normally be purchasing new textbooks, are delaying their orders, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. This is the case with some districts in Wisconsin, a state that adopted the CCSS on June 2, 2010, according to the initiative's website.

The news source stated that districts tend to spend anywhere between $100,000 and $1 million on new textbooks each year. However, educators are being careful to not place any orders until they are sure that the books' content aligns with the CCSS.

"We've put on the brakes," Shelly Thomas, director of curriculum and instruction for the De Pere district, told the news outlet. "A lot of publishers are claiming they're meeting core standards, but we're not going to take their word for it."

Although the De Pere district's holding pattern is disrupting its routine of replacing textbooks every five years, school officials are determined to make sure what they purchase will benefit their students.