Common Core Standards can help pave way for students to find success

March 5, 2014

By John Morgan, Joe DiPietro and Richard G. Rhoda

A widening gap has grown between what students are learning in K-12 schools and what they’re expected to know by the employers who hire them and the colleges and universities where they choose to enroll. For too long Tennessee’s education systems have operated independently, lacking coordination to ensure the needs of our students, our employers and our communities are aligned.

Unfortunately, it’s not just in Tennessee. The numbers bear the results. U.S. students’ math skills rank 25th in the world, and their reading skills fell to 14th. While we cheer for medals awarded in Olympic competitions, the U.S. is falling behind in education compared with the rest of the world. That’s not a standard we should accept.

In Tennessee this year, more than 60 percent of high school graduates who enrolled in a Tennessee public college or university required some type of remedial or academic support. Preparing high school graduates for college-level work requires additional funding and resources, money students shouldn’t have to pay and an investment taxpayers shouldn’t have to make.

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