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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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Costs of new test to be hotly debated (access required)

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Public school superintendents aren’t expecting much money from the Legislature for putting Common Core into effect, but the cost of the test to measure new learning standards is going to be a hot topic of the 2014 Legislature.

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The Drama of Common Core (access required)

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New set of school standards searches for success

Topock, an Arizona town on the far western edge of the state, doesn’t even have a stoplight. But its school district has scrambled to prepare for the new standards and get the Internet capacity and computers necessary for the 2015 debut of the accompanying test.

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