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Governor of Guam praises Common Core State Standards
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012 15:59 PM

Once the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are fully implemented, students will enhance their knowledge of literature through reading, writing and listening, while learning how to apply mathematical thinking techniques to real world challenges, according to the CCSS’ website.

This, and many of the new Standards' other educational benefits are what prompted the Guam Department of Education to adopt the CCSS. Recently, Eddie Calvo, the governor of the island territory, used his weekly radio address to discuss education reform and the appeal of the Common Core, the Pacific Daily News reported.

In his address, Calvo said that about 98 percent of Guam’s high school graduates are not proficient in 12th-grade math, which provides a troubling picture as to how college-ready students living on the island actually are. However, Calvo believes the adoption of the CCSS is a step in the right direction.

"I’m very proud of the Department of Education, because a couple months ago, they adopted the Common Core," said Calvo, as quoted by the news source. "At this very moment, the Curriculum & Instruction Division are working on implementing it and developing the transitional assessments. This is the single biggest first step toward education reform, and they are being proactive about it."