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New Jersey Changes Names of Common Core Standards, Makes Few Changes

After a year-long review of the Common Core State Standards, New Jersey's board of education Thursday renamed its standards and made a few adjustments to them as well, according to NJ.com.  

Republican Gov. Chris Christie ordered a point-by-point review last year shortly before announcing his bid for the presidency. At the time, Christie said the common-core standards confused parents and overwhelmed teachers.  

Board president Mark Biedron told local media yesterday that after reviewing the standards, the board decided to make a few adjustments including changing when students are required to learn long versus short vowels and clarifying the language of other standards. The state's standards will now be known as the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. 

"We looked at everything to make sure that it was crystal clear, age appropriate," Biedron told NJ.com. "Yes, there were some changes, but there were not major changes."

The new standards will go into effect in the 2017-18 school year. 

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