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Common Core could boost skills of future American work force [Letter]
This responds to the Oct. 17 letter by Chris Jones. "Dump the 'New Coke' educational reforms and bring back the classic." Has Mr. Jones read the new State Standards for English Language Arts and State Standards for Mathematics?" Has he compared them with the current respective Howard County Public School System standards? I have read them and compared them with the respective English and some of the math standards. Thus, I must point out some major inconsistencies in his letter and provide some factual background. First, these standards were started by the states' governors and major business leaders who could not find sufficiently skilled workers in the country and noted that a recent international assessment of our students ranked them much lower than European countries' students.
November 1, 2013