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Statement by Chiefs for Change on New Research Links Common Core Math Standards to Higher Achievement

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    Rigorous academic standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, will prepare students for college and careers. The Foundation supports policies that set high academic standards and provide rigorous preparatory courses and dual-enrollment options for students.

Washington, DC – Today, Chiefs for Change, an organization of chief state education officers committed to putting children first through visionary education reform, joined Achieve and the Foundation for Excellence in Education to co-host an event releasing research by William Schmidt of Michigan State University. At the event, Dr. Schmidt revealed key findings on the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

“Students’ opportunity for success will be determined by the quality of their education. Academic standards in the classroom must be aligned to the knowledge and skills required in today’s global economy. Recognizing the need for higher, more focused state standards, state leaders across the nation developed and adopted the Common Core State Standards.”

“Dr. Schmidt’s research shows that state leaders are on the right track. Common Core State Standards have the potential to raise student learning and performance across America. Most importantly, they are competitive with the standards found in the highest achieving countries. This is critical to ensuring every student can meet the expectations of 21st century colleges and careers.”

According to Dr. Schmidt’s research, 33% of all eighth grade students in the United States are performing below proficiency in mathematics compared to only 13% of the world’s top five performing countries. Dr. Schmidt’s work confirms that Common Core State Standards strongly resemble the standards of the highest-achieving nations, and his research finds that the states with mathematic standards more aligned with Common Core standards have higher NAEP scores. Click here to learn more about Dr. Schmidt’s research.