US PSE leaders support Common Core standards

June 12, 2014

More than 200 US PSE leaders have banded together to create the Higher Ed for Higher Standards coalition in support of the Common Core standards system. Common Core standards were adopted in 45 states in 2010 and 2011 but have fallen out of favour recently, with Indiana, South Carolina, and Oklahoma repealing their adoption. Some say that US government incentives that promote the adoption of standards such as Common Core are signs of federal incursion on state matters; others say that the standards have not been adequately tested. Proponents, on the other hand, argue that Common Core can help improve student success rates by spelling out the math and English skills students should possess at each grade level to help ensure college readiness. The majority of coalition members represent public colleges and universities; the coalition itself is backed by the Collaborative for Student Success and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Times-Colonist | Inside Higher Ed