**Congratulations to the U.S. math team that won the International Math Olympiad for our country for the first time in 21 years!**

The math problems students face at the Olympiad* *“test competitors’ abilities to approach situations creatively, rather than memorized formulas,” Business Insider explains.

The ability to move above and beyond simple memorization and understand mathematics at a deeper, conceptual level is one of the primary goals of the Common Core Math Standards. The standards encourage students to learn multiple approaches to solving complex problems, to be able to explain their answers and to engage in real-world applications of math strategies; in addition to the memorization and standard approaches used in the past.

For more, read this post by 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Ouida Newton, explaining why the Common Core Math Standards’ approach to learning math is working in her classroom.