Arizona teachers are eagerly welcoming the Common Core Standards and want more tools and training to implement the reform to public education, says Gov. Jan Brewer's education policy adviser.
"What's interesting is that the human resistance to change isn't quite as resistant as people might think," said Rebecca Gau, director of the Governor's Office of Education Innovation. "Teachers have embraced this ... the feedback we've received is actually very positive about the change."
She said teachers are worried about two basics: time and opportunity to learn about the Common Core Standards and classroom materials linked to it.
Common Core Standards was adopted in 2010 as one of four "pillars" of Brewer's educational reform. Forty-six other states have adopted the standards as well, changing the fundamental ways students learn English and math.
The standards emphasize more cognitive thinking, working with groups and changing reading assignments in primary grades to shift from mostly fiction to nonfiction, including basic readings in science and history.
Gau said Brewer's request to the Legislature for $40 million to support teachers and schools in installing the Common Core Standards at all grade levels by next year is a key to success.
The standards will mean implementation in the 2014-15 school year of a new standardized test and elimination of the more-than-decade-old AIMS test in Arizona.