The Common Core State Standards in Arizona raises expectations of student achievement and allows teachers to challenge students to think analytically, writes Nancie Lindblom, the state's 2013 Teacher of the Year. In this opinion article, she shares how the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards encourage her to use complex primary sources to delve into Advanced Placement U.S. history. "Simply expressed, students are no longer asked to merely recite basic knowledge; they are driven to understand content through close reading of historical documents and scholarly articles," she writes.

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