Core of the Matter: Parents Hold the Key to Success for Common Core State Standards (#CoreMatters)

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June 17, 2014 01:31 pm

It’s the time of year that millions of students look forward to: donning caps and gowns and walking in their high school graduation ceremonies, cheered on by friends and families. One of our community’s proudest accomplishments in the last decade is that so many more of these students are Latino. However, a diploma does not guarantee that they are ready for college or a career. That is why closing the educational gap between Latino students and their fellow classmates continues to be the top educational priority for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

This ambitious goal is why we have been supporters of the Common Core State Standards since their inception. With the adoption of common standards in the vast majority of states, schools will finally be held accountable for how well they are teaching Latino students. This is no small feat. Historically, low standards and expectations for certain students have translated into massive achievement gaps. The era of neglecting and expecting less from some students should—and needs to—end.

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