Information Brief 2012-16

Rigor and Clarity of the Common Core State Standards

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 rigor, clarity, and ease of use of the Common Core State Standards.

Overall, educators agree that the Standards are more rigorous than their previous state standards and that the Standards are clear enough to let educators and parents know what students need to learn in order to be successful.

Perceived Rigor and Clarity of the Common Core State Standards

StatementAgreeNeutralDisagree
The Common Core State Standards are more rigorous than our previous state standards.62%26%12%
The Common Core State Standards are clear enough to let educators and parents know what students need to learn in order to be successful.63%21%16%
The Common Core State Standards will make my job easier.39%43%18%

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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