Published Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 in The Sacramento Bee

By Beth Smith

Nothing frustrates community college students more than learning that after four years of highschool curriculum, they still need at least one year of remedial English or mathematics courses at the community college. Community college faculty are equally frustrated by the numbers of students who begin remedial course sequences and who drop out or fail, thereby stalling dreams and plans for degrees and careers.

That’s why the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, which represents all faculty at all community colleges, endorses the Common Core State Standards for students in K-12. The faculty strongly believe that the new standards will help more students be prepared not only for university and college work, but for whatever life path a 12th-grader chooses to pursue after high school.

Beth Smith is president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.