Right now, the U.S. education system is not preparing enough students for success in college and a career.
Too many students fail to graduate on time.
On average, more than 1 million students fail to graduate on time each year.1
Among those who do graduate, too many aren't prepared for college-level work.
Half of all undergraduates pay for remedial courses to cover what they should have learned in high school, at a cost of nearly $7 billion annually.2
And too many aren't prepared for the jobs that await them.
Eighty-eight percent of employers say employees need higher levels of learning and deeper knowledge.3
Ensuring that students graduate from high school and college pays big at the individual and community level.
The median earnings of a bachelor's-degree recipient during a forty year full-time working life is 65 percent higher than that of high school graduate.4
If everyone from the Class of 2012 had graduated from high school, the nation's economy would likely have benefited from $263 billion in additional income over the course of their lifetimes.5
The Common Core State Standards Will Help Ensure That Students Graduate from high school prepared for both college and a career.
These state-developed standards set consistent guidelines for what students should know at each grade level so they graduate with the knowledge and skills - such as active listening, reading comprehension, critical thinking and writing - that colleges and employers are looking for.6
Nationwide, 77 percent of math and English language arts teachers believe that the Common Core State Standards will positively influence their students' ability to think critically and use reasoning skills.7