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Guess Who’s Taking Remedial Classes // The New York Times
A recent study done by Education Reform Now further proves the misconception that the only poor and minority students need remediation in college. The nonprofit think tank analyzed cost and course data provided by the Education Department and found that nearly half of students who begin their college careers in remedial courses are from middle and upper income families.  The report underscores the importance of having college and career ready standards for all
students regardless of zip code.

Gov. Brewer to Fox News Radio: Military Families Need High, Consistent Education Standards // Fox News Radio, The Alan Colmes Show
Military families need comparable education standards to ensure their children have access to an education that prepares them for college and the workforce, explains Jan Brewer, former Governor of Arizona. “This is one group that truly represents the need for high, consistent, comparable education standards in our public schools.” Children of military families move on average six to nine times during their K-12 career. Having consistent academic expectations will help alleviate the pressures of frequent relocations, Gov. Brewer adds.

Column: Consistent class standards a must in Michigan // Macomb Daily
Educators in common core states have been embracing new regulations from the Education Department that are in line with the standards set by the Common Core requirements. Despite additional requirements, 73% of teachers have embraced the new standards as key to developing students’ critical thinking and communications skills.


Correcting the Record:

Alternative College Admission Test Not Aligned with Common Core Enters Testing Stage // Heartland Institute
In a recent article published by the Heartland Institute, the claim is made that Common Core testing is causing a decrease in college readiness. The notion is that “Common Core is effectively dumbing-down these colleges,” Here is why the Heartland Institute  gets it wrong:

College or Career readiness is often hampered by well-to-do schools that claim alternative testing is the right path for students.

In a recent article published by the Heartland Institute, claims are made that Common Core testing has led to a decrease in college readiness and that Common
Core is “dumbing-down these colleges”.

This is a misleading claim that actually misses the point of standardized testing. Common Core was derived from the states to ensure that students from all over would be qualified to go onto college or a career regardless of where they went to school.

Common Core state standards do not diminish the quality of a student’s education, and actually is shown to ensure that students are ready for whatever their career path is after high school.

The article describes how alternative coursed are emphasized by the new alternatives but put less importance on the very courses many students have to retake in college. While it is true that many students have to take remedial courses after high school, common core testing is not the root cause.

The New York Times explains how even students from affluent, well off schools suffer similar college remedial necessities. The evidence is further condemning by the fact that these schools are often the ones that fight harder to opt-out of Common Core requirements.


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They rejected multi-state Common Core exams. Now what?
By abandoning the standardized format associated with common core testing, Indiana is now having difficulty with finding ways to ensure their students are receiving the best education available. This reinforces previous claims that knee-jerk opposition to standardized testing will unfortunately result in no way to hold education to high standards and ensure workplace or college readiness.