Information Brief 2012-15

Anticipated Impact of the Common Core State Standards on College and Career Readiness

Perceptions at Higher-Performing High Schools

A fall 2011 study surveyed teachers and administrators from higher-performing high schools and assessed educators’ opinions of the impact the Common Core State Standards will have on college and career readiness.

The majority of educators agree that the Standards will improve student skills in English language arts and mathematics. In addition, most educators are optimistic that the Standards will lead to improved college and career readiness, though over one-quarter remain neutral.

Anticipated Impact on Student Skills and College and Career Readiness

StatementAgreeNeutralDisagree
The Common Core State Standards will lead to improved skills in English language arts.59%31%10%
The Common Core State Standards will lead to improved skills in mathematics.59%32%9%
Overall, the Common Core State Standards will improve student readiness for college and careers.61%27%12%

Note: Data come from 272 educators from 63 high-performing high schools across 25 states. Schools were selected based on students’ growth towards college and career readiness or based on improvement in average ACT scores over time.

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