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Research finds majority of students lag behind new State Standards

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2010 17:45 PM

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, and many analysts are now trying to determine just how difficult these exams will be for students.

According to research from ACT, a nonprofit organization that researches management solutions for both education and the workforce, many students may not be prepared for some of the material that will be covered on the exams.

Researchers found that in literature, only 37 percent of all 11th graders were proficient for the Common Core level. Additionally, 34 percent of pupils received sufficient scores for the number and quality portion of the math standards.

The study points out that there is much work to be done in terms of overall student improvement on the State Standards scores, as this could be an indication that pupils are not ready to move toward collegiate or professional work. The researchers note that one way to combat this is by providing the proper teacher training in order for educators to offer the rigorous curriculum they should be presenting to their students.