There is a link between how students perform in our classrooms and how our nation performs in the global economy. And when our economy sputters, American families suffer.
Today’s workplace is demanding. The jobs are more specialized and technical than ever before. They require strong skills in math, English, science and critical thinking.
Yet too few graduates have those skills. On international tests, our students rank 17th in the world in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math. Millions of jobs are going unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified candidates. And by 2020, the number of high-wage technical jobs will surge to 120 million.
We, America’s business leaders, are worried. Parents of students in our public schools are also concerned that we’re not preparing their children to succeed in an ever-changing world.
We know that low academic standards in our schools are holding our students back and threatening their futures.
This must change. Our nation’s prosperity is at stake.
The Common Core State Standards are a crucial first step. They raise the bar in our K-12 classrooms.
The Common Core State Standards were developed by educators from across the country. Employers and higher education leaders helped determine how well our students must perform to be “college and career ready.” And over the course of two years governors and education chiefs from 45 states – and from both political parties – voluntarily adopted the Standards.
The Standards are as high as the best standards in any individual state and comparable to those in the highest-performing nations around the world. And that’s great news. It will mean our schools equip graduates with the skills they need to succeed.
The future is in session in schools nationwide. Now we need to help give it a chance to succeed.
There is much to know about the Common Core State Standards and what they can accomplish. You can learn more about the Standards here.
But awareness is not enough. The Standards are under attack in many states, so it’s important to contact your state and local representatives and let them know how you feel. Then talk to your family, your neighbors and co-workers, and ask them to do the same.
Together, we can ensure that states implement the Standards and help our students — and our economy — realize their full potential.
Learn how the Common Core State Standards were developed, how they will improve academic achievement, and how our students will benefit.
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Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards
The resources below are intended to improve understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their underlying premises. To learn more about state-specific implementation efforts, please click on your state from the interactive map on the homepage.