Educators in Downers Grove, Ill., are developing a series of math classes that this fall will apply to every student, regardless of the student's plans after graduation, because of the Common Core State Standards. "'Common' to us means that all students will be exposed to and held accountable for the same standards," said Jon Heldmann, math department chair at North High School. "Gone are the days of the college- and non-college-bound track or the career- and non-career track."

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