New standards mean new books for Hawaii schools

New standards mean new books for Hawaii schools

HONOLULU (AP) - The transition in Hawaii public schools to math and language arts curriculum in line with Common Core standards has cost schools $26 million so far for new textbooks.

Common Core standards are nationally recognized measures designed to set out what students should know from kindergarten through high school.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Hawaii is among 41 states that have adopted the initiative.

Hawaii teachers last year started teaching under the standards.

Dewey Gottlieb, the Department of Education specialist for math, and Petra Schatz, the specialist for language arts, say the state's 255 public schools had been teaching 288 different math curricula and 287 different reading curricula.

Gottlieb and Schatz helped vet new materials. Gottlieb says the move toward standardization is not meant to limit what educators can teach.

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