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Washington, DC—July 16, 2014—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recently announced that it has joined Higher Education for Higher Standards to publicly advocate for effective implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, in our K-12 schools. This collaboration is a broad-based effort to mobilize college leaders to actively participate in debates about the standards that are increasingly playing out in state capitals and in the media. The goal of the effort is to refocus the conversations on the important role that these higher and different standards play in helping today’s students better prepare for success in college, life, and work.

“Too many states are still relying on standards that reflect an outmoded model of education—one that is more focused on knowledge acquisition than higher-level critical thinking and problem-solving,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “Today’s students and the future of our economy and our democracy depend on significant reforms both in K-12 education and higher education.