It’s become a political football, but raising expectations, increasing quality, and improving outcomes for America’s education system is not a game. It is important that all citizens and stakeholders understand what the new standards are and how they are applied. Currently, that is not the case. “Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards,” according to a new poll that finds, “widespread misperceptions that the academic standards, which cover only math and reading, extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution,” according to this Washington Post article by researcher Scott Clement and education writer Emma Brown.
In light of the current controversy around so-called high-stakes testing – with heated debates happening at the local, state, and national levels – it is important to base arguments in fact and historical context. This 2012 Washington Post feature by David E. Drew provides both reliable data and important context for understanding America’s past, current, and future academic standing in the world.
"Some argue that if you remove the test scores of students in
poverty from America’s performance, our test scores are among
the best in the world. Then, they say, you are comparing apples
with apples, since we have a much higher poverty rate than most
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America Succeeds is a non-profit education policy
and advocacy organization committed to ensuring our
nation’s public education system prepares every
student to succeed in a competitive global economy.
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America Succeeds is committed to developing a
network of affiliated, non-partisan, business-led,
policy and advocacy organizations that offer an
informed and credible “business voice for education”
in every state.
America Succeeds works to transform public education
in states across the country through a network of
affiliated, non-partisan, business-led, policy and
advocacy organizations that provide an informed and
credible business voice for education.
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