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One Math Teacher’s Journey from Frustration to Appreciation of the Common Core

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Mary Pinkston, a Delaware teacher with 24 years of experience, writes that when her school first began implementing Common Core State Standards she was concerned by the challenge. But through her own research she found that the Common Core is not a curriculum, the Common Core is not a test, and the standards provide clear goals for student learning. The math standards help provide a path for students to develop a conceptual understanding of the material, Pinkston says. “I am happy to know that the content I am teaching is aligned to standards that detail what students should know and be able to do.”

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