Analyzes high school standards for English in twelve states and math in sixteen states designed for college- and career-readiness. Examines their alignment with the American Diploma Project's benchmarks for common core standards. Discusses implications.
- Successful Strategy: Overall, the alignment of the English standards to the ADP Core is quite strong. On average, the alignment rating across all 12 state standards included in this report is 2.60 out of a potential 3.0.
- Successful Strategy: Overall, the alignment of the mathematics standards to the ADP Core is strong. The average alignment rating across the 16 state standards in mathematics is 2.63.
- Observation: It is essential that states anchor standards in real world expectations. This led Achieve and the ADP states to focus initially on what students must know and be able to do when they complete high school. States must now follow through and review and revise, as necessary, their K-8 standards to create a focused, clear and rigorous set of grade-by-grade standards that provide a clear progression toward high school
- Observation: The common core does not mean that every state has identical standards but it does reflect the reality that there is a fundamental core of knowledge in English and mathematics that all graduates must know to succeed in college and careers.
- Challenge: Too many students across the country meet state standards, pass state tests and complete state required courses only to be placed into remedial courses once they enroll in college or find they are unqualified for training programs and skilled employment in the modern workplace.