June 10, 2014
DON'T HARSH ON THE OPPONENTS BLISS!:
Common Core, battered by midterm politics, gets higher-ed support. Too late? (Amanda Paulson, June 10, 2014, CS Monitor)
Common Core was the result of a state-led effort to develop a uniform set of high-quality standards that built on each other, emphasized critical thinking skills, and prepared high school graduates to be ready for college and careers, and was initially adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia - a remarkable achievement, especially given how quickly the adoption occurred. [...]"There are a lot of myths out there, and bad information," said John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, in a phone call with reporters to announce a new higher-ed coalition in support of Common Core, Higher Ed for Higher Standards. "When you really explain to people this is about college-ready standards, not about how to teach or about curriculum ... that's a message that resonates."Mr. Morgan and Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, emphasized the stake higher education has in Common Core remaining intact, particularly given the large number of college students who currently enter school unprepared. Some 50 percent of students entering two-year colleges and 20 percent of students entering four-year institutions require some form of remediation - a factor that's a huge contributor to students not graduating on time or at all from college.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2014 8:46 PM