The State Board of Education has approved new math standards for kindergarten through 12th grades.
The Arkansas Department of Education began looking at changing the state’s math standards back in October 2015, after receiving feedback from the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review.
More than 80 teachers, administrators, and higher education professors spent nine days reviewing current standards, which describe what students are expected to know and do for each grade level.
As a result of the review, 65% of the math standards were revised or clarified.
“It’s so important that states develop high standards that ensure college and career readiness and that’s the framework in which the people of Arkansas should evaluate the state’s new standards,” said Dr. John B. King, U.S. Secretary of Education.
Schools may begin implementing the new standards during the 2016-17 school year, with full implementation in the 2017-18 school year.