Six years ago, most states set out to collectively implement high, comparable education standards in math and English language arts. Today, nearly every state has set challenging classroom expectations aligned to college and career readiness, and they have begun to measure student performance to those new levels.
Many states continue to review and tailor their standards to ensure they meet their students’ unique needs. And South Carolina is one of them. In 2014, the state “repealed” the Common Core State Standards in favor of new standards. In the end, South Carolina largely reaffirmed the Common Core State Standards under a new name and with a few modest tweaks sufficient to demonstrate their independence.
More than ever, there is greater comparability among states and school districts, and most are providing parents and teachers with more accurate information to support their children’s learning.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, which was enacted in December 2015 and permanently replaces No Child Left Behind, ensures state and district leaders have full control over standards and accountability systems. The law requires that states set college- and career-ready standards, and most policymakers have used the moment as an opportunity to continue to raise the bar.
Still, it is critical that parents, teachers, community members and policymakers continue to insist on high learning goals. By doing so, they will ensure all children have access to an education that prepares them for success after high school, no matter where they grow up or go to school, and no matter which path in life they choose to pursue.