Washington: Common Core Success Means No College Remedial Classes
Higher education institutes recognize the value of Common Core’s higher standards. From the Seattle Times:
“A new agreement among the state’s public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington’s high-school exams.
The new math and reading exams, which are called Smarter Balanced and will be given to all Washington 11th-graders this spring, will factor not just into whether students graduate, but whether they need to take remedial classes in college.
The new tests are designed to measure whether 11th graders are on track to meeting the new Common Core state standards — a set of learning goals that most states are starting to use. Students who score at the top two levels will be placed directly into college-level math and English when they enter any Washington public two- or four-year college.”
Previously, students who entered college had to take a math placement test no matter how well they did in high school. This step shows that colleges and universities recognize that the Common Core standards truly make graduates college-ready.
Read the full article at the Seattle Times.