“The point of the standards is to prepare students for postsecondary education or employment,” said Jennings. “Therefore, it should be of great concern that the states don’t know if the standards will have an effect on higher education.”
“This may not be the case for all states,” said Minnich, “since we’ve been talking to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities [AASCU] and other national higher-education organizations and they’ve expressed their deep commitment to implementing and working with these standards.”
Though the road forward to successful implementation of the common standards might look unstructured and more than a bit daunting, CEP and CCSSO say progress will happen.
“The movement towards common state standards clearly has a momentum that can help states navigate through the hard work ahead,” says the report.
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“You have to remember that this is a state-led initiative, not a federal one, and so far states have really shown amazing leadership. It’s this leadership that we’re counting on to continue as these standards take root,” said Minnich.
Minnich hopes the survey will help bring to light what the states really need to work on and where to go from here.
Jennings said state implementation of the common standards must be followed closely, because it holds such hope for change. CEP will continue to monitor and report in this area, he said.
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