November 23, 2014
“Common Core State Standards will improve student success: Guest column”
South Jersey Times

“Recently, teachers from throughout our state are gathered in Atlantic City for the New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention. They were networking, learning from their colleagues and celebrating all they do to educate and inspire our youth.

So, let’s take a moment to celebrate New Jersey’s teachers.

Over the past four years, our teachers have worked hard to implement New Jersey’s rigorous, new Common Core State Standards and prepare students for PARCC, the new statewide assessment of those skills rolling out this spring. The new standards were adopted to help ensure students have a mastery of the skills needed upon entering college or the workforce.

As the presidents of Camden County College and Cumberland County College, we have seen the difficulty students face when they aren’t academically prepared to begin college-level work that requires reading, writing or math. While New Jersey has the highest high school graduation rate in the country, 60 percent of recent high school graduates who attend community colleges throughout the state are placed into remedial courses in their first year, according to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. This puts a financial burden on students and their families, ultimately making it difficult for them to graduate on time, if at all.

That is why members of the New Jersey Presidents Council, leaders from the state’s leading higher education institutions – public and private, two-year and four-year – unanimously voted to support the Common Core State Standards. We believe New Jersey’s efforts to institute the Common Core will improve college readiness and help close the preparation gap for students in the state. We believe this long-term effort will increase students’ knowledge and skills so they will graduate from high school ready for college and careers…”

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