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CCSS expected to impact adult education as well
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 15:45 PM

In a poor economy, it is not uncommon for individuals who never completed high school to become students again and finish what they started. Through this action, adults have a chance to increase their employability at a time when so many people are looking for a leg up in the job hunt.

However, as schools across the country implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), some adults may wonder how this education initiative will impact their decision to finish their high school studies. Recently, The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation raised a few questions of its own in the policy paper, "Common Core State Standards: What Effect Could They Have on Adult Education and High School Equivalency Programs in the U.S.?"

"If the standards for earning a high school diploma become more demanding, and the economic benefits of having a high school diploma increase as a result, won't the standards for and difficulty of earning a high school 'equivalency' degree have to increase as well?" asked Jeff Fantine and Mitch Rosin, the study’s authors.

No matter what impact the CCSS has on adult education, the authors agree that the rigorous new standards will benefit older learners in the long run. At the same time, higher quality may coincide with more respect for programs designed for nontraditional students.