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Implementing Common Core: Inside Classrooms with Changing Curricula

Computer-based tests are among the visible changes in Hollister R-V. and other school districts.
HOLLISTER, Mo. -- It's test-time in Kristin Brown's geometry class and the students are solving problems about parallel lines on a computer screen.

The exam is just one of the visible differences common core standards bring to a classroom.

“Whenever I went into teaching,” Brown explained, “I thought i'd be able to teach geometry the way i'd been taught geometry. But that's definitely not the case.”

The students still have to show their work with a pencil and paper and they have to think critically about real-world problems instead of solving equation after equation.

The school's curriculum director, Pam Davis, says it places more emphasis on achievement and test-taking than any other  educational movement in her career.

“I think it is a very large transition but I think it's for the better,” she said. “It is designed for our students to come out of school, ready for entry-level jobs or to be ready for the level of difficulty they will encounter in college.”

Find out more about the Common Core by clicking here.

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