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Survey shows need for Common Core State Standards
FRIDAY, JULY 01, 2011 11:48 AM

A recent survey by federal civil rights officials shows that there may be a great need for the Common Core State Standards to ensure that all students across the country have access to a proper education.

According to the report, about 3,000 high schools do not offer math classes that go beyond Algebra I, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Additionally, students in 7,300 schools cannot take calculus.

The report also indicates that schools that educate primarily African American students tend to have more inexperienced teachers than other facilities in the same district.

“These data paint a portrait of a sad truth in America’s schools, that the promise of fundamental fairness hasn’t reached whole groups of students that will need the opportunity to succeed, to get out of poverty, to ensure their dreams come true, and indeed to ensure our country’s prosperity,” Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, told the news source.

The Common Core State Standards would ensure that students at all schools would have access to the same curriculum, according to its website. While reformers believe that it will take some schools longer than others to reach this goal, it is a step in the right direction.