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Common Core Readiness: Mesa Unified School District (access required)

Suzan DePrez, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Mesa Unified School District

The state’s largest school district has been preparing to teach the Common Core standards in much the same way that smaller districts have – with several consecutive years of teacher training, millions of dollars in technology upgrades and parent education. However, despite a successful 2012 bond election, money is still tight.

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Common Core Readiness: Arizona College Prep Academy (access required)

Charlene Mendoza, principal, Arizona College Prep Academy

As a small charter school without the ability to ask voters for bond overrides, Arizona College Prep Academy has to be judicious with its spending decisions. But like every other Arizona school, it still has to train its teachers to implement the state’s Common Core standards and eventually test students on them.

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Common Core standards are common sense

Common sense, common ground, common good and common standards — why is there such a ruckus about common standards? Common standards make sense — they are the ground level of achievement for good grades across all years of schooling. They will raise the bar and improve the educational experiences and academic achievement for the 1 million Arizona public school students

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