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Stronger Standards for a Stronger Country

• Dave Myslinski

CCSSThis week, we celebrate our country’s 237th birthday. Over these years, our great country has transformed from a young agrarian society to the world’s largest economic powerhouse.

As our economy has transformed from an agricultural to industrial to now a knowledge-based one, our educational standards must also advance.

The unique nature of our country is based on the foundation of our states, who, 237 years ago, joined together to form these United States of America.

In that spirit, states have once again joined together to better themselves and to advance our country. States have taken it upon themselves to raise their academic standards, strengthening them for the challenges that lie ahead. Our education system has stagnated for too long, holding on to the standards of an outdated economy.

Take a moment to educate yourself on these stronger English and Math standards that will bring further greatness to our country.

What They Are Really Saying About Higher Standards:

Everyone—Especially Parents—Should Learn the Benefits of Stronger Standards
“All teachers and parents, as well business leaders and college educators, benefit when there is a common understanding of the level of knowledge and skills high school graduates should achieve. The CCSS incorporates a cumulative learning model that results in a coherent progression across grade levels in English/language arts and mathematics.” (Elena Toscano, Shifting gears: Educators moving to the common core,” Napa Valley Register, 7/2/13)

Higher Academic Standards Improve Education for All Students
“I suggest that those who feel confused by false information or want to educate themselves regarding the CCSS do some research and become informed. I think you will find that this is a positive move for Wisconsin’s public schools.” (Sue Resop, “Letters: Common Core misunderstood,” Appleton Post-Crescent, 6/29/13)

The Real World Needs Deeper Critical-Thinking Skills
“’Now the topics are narrower, but deeper,’ said Fair. ‘There are less topics which go more in-depth on specific topics. This is to develop critical-thinking skills.’ These critical– thinking skills focus on deep thinking, conceptual understanding and real-world problem-solving skills, according to the OSDE website. Common Core sets expectations for students to be college, career and citizenship ready as well as incorporate literacy in science, social studies and technical subjects.” (Jean Havens, “Officials: Common Core standards raise bar,” Tahlequah Daily Press, 6/28/13)

Education is the Key for Economic Success
“[A]ccording to National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, less than 40 percent of 8th grade math students in Indiana are ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced.’ In 8th grade reading, a little more than 30 percent of students are ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced.’ Indiana’s scores mirror dismal reading achievement rates for American students across the board. According to NAEP, less than 50 percent of students are proficient or beyond in reading — in all 50 states. In short, the United States is drastically behind in educating its future workers.” (Joanna Blacketor, “Indiana students need Common Core to help prepare for work life,” Indianapolis Star, 7/2/13)

About the author

Dave Myslinski

Dave Myslinski serves as a Communications Specialist for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and was the State Policy Director for Digital Learning Now, focusing on digital education policies across all 50 states. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as the Education Task Force Director at the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he focused on digital learning, K-12 education reform, and higher education policies on the state level. He is a coauthor of the Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform for ALEC, and currently serves on its Education Task Force Executive Committee and is a Vice-Chair of the Digital Learning Subcommittee. Dave has previously worked on state policies relating to health care and telecommunications. He is a graduate of Rutgers University. Contact Dave at