Despite state efforts to create new standards as the foundation for education, many students are still falling through the cracks. Perhaps it's time for schools to take the lead in putting their students on a brighter path?
The Common Core state standards initiative was begun in 2009 by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). The initiative focuses on increasing the quality of academic standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and has been adopted by 43 states across the nation. However, the question remains whether or not this effort will be enough to change America's future.
Common Core standards are based around 6 principles:
- That they are research- and evidence-based
- They are clear, understandable and consistent
- All are aligned with college and career expectations
- These are based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
- Standards are built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
- They must be informed by other top-performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society.
It is believed that these standards, when properly followed, will boost the success rate of America's students, decreasing drop out rates and helping youths enter the college they want to. Yet, even with a focus on Common Core over the last several years, the future still looks grim for some. So how can we brighten America's future and set our children on the true path toward success?
By finding the missing link.
For most high school students this missing piece of the puzzle is a sense of ownership and personal responsibility. Children are no longer taught to take ownership of their actions and work, envisioning their own success and leading their own lives, rather than following a herd. Grand Key Education's Own It! course can fill in this missing link and help students find this essential quality, increasing their success rate, helping them attend a better college and earn a brighter future for themselves.