Two-thirds of students who didn't graduate need Common Core: expert

  // Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:13 //
Jenny Sedlis is executive director of StudentsFirstNY.Jenny Sedlis is executive director of StudentsFirstNY.

This year’s test scores demonstrate that despite the considerable progress made over the past 12 years, we still have work to do to fix the broken education system that continues to fail too many of our students.

Only 37% of New York State students graduated from high school prepared for college or a career.

So while adults can argue about their narrow self-interests and political agendas, this is the only Common Core statistic that matters: Last year, we failed to meet our obligation to two-thirds of our kids.

The Common Core provides New York students with the high standards and rigorous education they deserve. Embracing the standards can turn our classrooms into engaging, thought-provoking environments that foster a lifetime love of learning, a college admissions letter and a 21st-century job with competitive pay.

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