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Photo of Pat Fitzsimmons Pat Fitzsimmons is the Common Core/Mathematics & Science Partnership Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Education. She was a kindergarten teacher at Barre Town Middle & Elementary School for many years and then the science specialist for both Barre Town and Barre City K-8 schools. Pat also teaches courses for educators through UVM and the Higher Ed Collaborative.

The Vermont State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, literacy and mathematics in 2010 believing that these shared, researched-based, internationally benchmarked standards with high expectations for all students are the best choice for Vermont. The intent of adopting these standards was to improve student learning and expand options upon graduation.

The Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts/literacy identify a progression of skills and knowledge that are essential for Vermont students to attain in order to have college and career options upon graduation. These standards are meant to establish consistent expectations for students within and across states. They require skills that are essential for success in the 21st Century: thinking critically, communicating ideas effectively, working collaboratively with peers, solving problems creatively, and persisting with challenging tasks.

Vermont educators will continue to determine their local curriculum, allowing for flexibility and creativity, to ensure that all students are on a path to college and career readiness. Vermont grade expectations have been the basis of instruction since 2004. These expectations set high standards for our students and should allow for a smooth transition to CCSS.

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