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High Academic Standards Critical Today for Jobs of Tomorrow

• ExcelinEd

A recent study found that more than 50 percent of students entering a two-year college enrolled in remediation, while nearly 20 percent of students entering a four-year college enrolled in remediation. Remedial courses cost states and students more than $3 billion a year, not to mention the lost wages of students who do not finish college at all because they were not adequately prepared by their K-12 education for the demands of more challenging coursework.

As the movement to raise academic standards gains momentum in states across the nation, take a moment to read the latest on what people are really saying about this initiative.

What They Are Really Saying About Higher Standards:
Republican Party of Idaho Upholds Support for High Standards, Protection of Student Privacy: “For Republicans who have long supported Common Core, including Gov. Butch Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, the Central Committee vote represents a validation of sorts…Luna called the vote a triumph for public school standards designed to encourage critical thinking and prepare students for college. ‘It was a victory for higher academic standards and higher accountability,’ said Luna, who attended Saturday’s meeting and helped draft the Common Core resolution.” (Kevin Richert, “Idaho GOP stops well short of Common Core rejection,” Idaho Statesman, 6/17/13)

Education Week Opinion Editorial Highlights Demands of Staying Competitive in Tomorrow’s Economy: “Tomorrow’s workforce will need a better education, both in day-to-day classroom rigor and in acquisition of a college degree or relevant workforce certificate. In fact, Georgetown University researcher Anthony P. Carnevale projects that by the end of this decade, nearly 65 percent of the jobs in the U.S. economy will require some postsecondary education. And few of the jobs that require only a high school diploma will provide a salary sufficient for a young person to gain access to the middle class and the American dream.” (Richard Laine and Chris Minnich, “Common Core: Setting the Record Straight,” Education Week, 6/18/13)

Politifact Debunks Myths on Common Core and Data: “Kathleen Porter-Magee, an education expert at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute who has studied Common Core, agreed that there are no requirements for any sort of data collection or data mining. ‘If a state chooses to collect achievement data, that is a decision the state chooses to make,’ she said. ‘But it is not lumped in with Common Core.’” (Angela Bean, “Common Core opponent goes too far with claim about data collection,” Politifact, 6/1/13)

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