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Common Core Standards in schools across the country resulted from state leaders and educators coming together to develop a plan.

In 2010, states started making the decision to adopt those standards

North Dakota adopted the standards just a year after that.

Kelli Volk takes us to the classroom where North Dakota's new english and math standards are currently being taught.

(Mark Rylander, MPS Math Instructor)"All your semester tests, all your teachers are going to start writing your semester tests with the common core and the state assessment test in mind."

That's the lesson plan moving forward for North Dakota schools and schools across the country.

Minot High School math instructor is one of many teachers, trying to tackle the learning curve posed by North Dakota's new math and english standards based on the common core..

(Mark Rylander, MPS Math Instructor)"More story problems, a lot more applications, some projects and those kinds of things. What we teach, how we teach, it's changed quite a bit."

Common core state standards were developed through collaboration state leaders and education professionals from across the country.

North Dakota adopted new math and english standards in 2011, implemented in 2013, and now set the level of expectation for students in grades k-12.

(Kirsten Baesler, ND Superintendent of Public Instruction)"They are strictly standards. Things that students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level and they are simply math and language arts."

The push for higher expectations results from past students being unprepared for college and the career field.

(Kirsten Baesler, ND Superintendent of Public Instruction)"The purpose of them is to deal with the fact that too many of our students need remediation that first year of college and career. They're not ready to take college-ready courses. And so, K-12 responded and said we need to provide more rigorous, more challenging, more critical thinking and problem solving standards and expectations for our students in kindergarten through 12th grade."

The formula to reach these standards includes a different teaching approach--instructors are not only outlining how to find the answers, but they work is relevant.

(Mark Rylander, MPS Math Instructor)"We want kids to become better critical thinkers. We want them to be able to apply what they've learned. It's going to be multiple step problems and that's one of the big pushes towards common core as well. We want kids to be able to think, get an answer, take that answer, apply it to another situation."

(Kirsten Baesler, ND Superintendent of Public Instruction)"It's much more of a practical application. That's the math change. In the English area, there is more emphasis on informational text. Being able to draw out, read informational text and have evidence to support or refute a certain idea. Some of the recommended texts are the Gettysburg address and informational ideas."

The standards have received mixed grades from their critics and supporters.

However, the true test results will be available in 2015 when the state assessment is conducted.

In Minot, Kelli Volk, KX News.

Baesler says 45 states and the District of Columbia have implemented standards based on the common core.

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