Vermont schools are making adjustments to algebra and geometry courses ahead of Common Core State Standards testing beginning in 2015. Teachers are taking practice tests so they can be familiar with the material, and 27 schools in the state will pilot the tests next spring. "I think we're excited for a lot of what the [c]ommon [c]ore provides us in terms of direction is how to really move students forward and have students have a more ... rigorous and relevant experience," said John Pandolfo, Barre Supervisory Union school district curriculum director.

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