BROOKLAND, Ark. (KAIT) - The Common Core Assessment begins this year for some Arkansas schools.
The state adopted these new learning standards to better prepare students for college and beyond. It affects mathematics the most. Teachers now require their students to not only know basic math skills, but to apply them with multiple strategies.
The Brookland school's curriculum director in northeast Arkansas said Common Core's goals are to strike up conversations and creativity in the classroom.
For example, it's not just 2x2 is 4 anymore. Rather, teachers encourage students to use other methods like apples and oranges to see that 2 and 2 is 4.
Dr. Nicole Covey said Brookland Schools still teach basic math skills but encourage students to use multiple strategies to find the same answer.
"Having that creativity and flexibility is ideal for meeting unique, individual needs of every student in the classroom," said Covey.
Dr. Covey said students aren't complaining and seem to be having more fun in math class.
She admits test scores will fall in March when students take the first-ever Common Core Assessment, but said once they work out the kinks, students will be better off in the future.
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