Common Core serves purpose

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 education goals for reading and math adopted by Ohio and more than 40 other states and the District of Columbia — should not be repealed by the Ohio General Assembly.

Learning Standards/Common Core are educational goals for reading and math, the two foundations of knowledge. They emphasize basic skills, critical thinking and problem solving, and depth of knowledge more than Ohio’s previous standards, which focused more heavily on memorization.

Common Core is a good plan that makes sense. …

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The standards enable teachers to better prepare Ohio’s students for higher education and the workplace. They provide colleges with an apples-to-apples comparison of Ohio’s students to their peers nationwide.

The standards also provide consistent performance baselines to evaluate year-to-year progress in Ohio’s public schools.

The program is working to better prepare our kids for college and to meet the demands of the Ohio job market, 79 percent of which require post-secondary training or education.

Consistency among Ohio’s students and those nationwide is important, and Common Core establishes that. …

The Common Core sets the bar high, and we are confident that with the right resources, Ohio’s students will meet those goals and excel.


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