Common Core Struggles to Meet Expectations
The ACT testing organization released results from a study that shows the Common Core Standards (CCS) may not be achieving the promised results of preparing students for college. According to the study, an increasing number of professors are charging that students are not ready for college-level work. Only 16% of college instructors felt their students’ preparedness ranked in the top half of a four-point scale intended to measure college readiness, a percentage which is down from 26% in studies from 2009 and 2012. This year’s study included feedback from employers and supervisors, who valued skills in technology, speaking, and listening more highly than the critical thinking skills valued by the educators who participated in the study.
AACS National Legislative Conference Registration
Each year the AACS hosts the National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., to give pastors, administrators, state leaders, and teachers an opportunity to learn firsthand about the top issues for Christian education and to communicate with their Congressional leaders. This year’s conference will be held September 12–14. Register by August 15 to receive the special conference rate on your hotel room and the discounted registration fee. The registration form can also be found under the Legislative/Legal tab on the AACS.org website.