Idaho university presidents back Common Core standards

The presidents of Idaho’s three public universities and Lewis Clark State College are backing Idaho’s Core Standards, which demands a rigorous education rooted in problem solving and critical thinking.

In a letter released to the Idaho Statesman, the presidents of the University of Idaho, LCSC, Boise State University, and Idaho State University said the standards provide students with “advanced mathematics that are required for college majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the demand for skilled workers in the modern economy.”

They added that the new requirements in English language arts “go well beyond current standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening.”

The new standards are part of Common Core State Standards, a movement among 45 states to develop a set of goals for what students should know by the time they graduate from high school. Idaho’s public schools will implement those standards beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

In their letter, the presidents said one in every four Idaho high school graduates who attend a four-year college or university will need remedial training in basic skills like math or English. Three-fourths of all Idaho graduates who start their post-secondary work at a two-year community college will need the extra help to get caught up.

University leaders also say the Core Standards will ease Idaho employers’ struggle to train and prepare new hires.  (Idaho Statesman)

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