AR schools shift to new curriculum to start this year

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - When school starts in less than two weeks, more than 100,000 public school students will be taught using a new set of standards that are promoted as simpler and more effective.

Arkansas is adopting common core standards already being used in more than 20 states.

Students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade will use common core during the school year starting in mid-August. Grades 3-8 will move to the standards next year and high school students will move in 2013-14.

All the state's public school students will be taught using the standards by the 2014-15 school year. The state education department will also work with colleges to develop new annual exams.

Education officials hope the new standards will eventually better prepare Arkansas high school graduates for work or college.

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