Three higher education groups that have been strong supporters of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are this morning releasing a joint statement that calls for states to stick to efforts to promote standards. "The need for higher standards is clear. Each year, about 50 percent of first-year students at two-year colleges and 20 percent of those entering four-year universities require basic developmental courses before they can begin credit-bearing course work," says the statement, from Higher Ed for Higher Standards, the National Association of System Heads and State Higher Education Executive Officers. "This lack of preparedness costs students and taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It stagnates our educational system and exacerbates the business community’s problem of filling jobs."
The letter urges states to move ahead with assessments that advocates believe will allow states and school districts to identify and remedy problems in state preparation.
Amid a growing backlash against the Common Core, the words "common" and "core" do not appear in the new statement.
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