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Community Colleges Make Their Case For Common Core, Though Without Using The Words

Feb 11, 2015

Community college presidents have signed a letter signaling their support for Common Core. And just like a similar letter from school superintendents earlier this week, this letter never uses the words “Common Core,” which have become politically toxic.

Nearly 70 percent of the students who enter a two-year school in Tennessee have to get some remedial help. Board of Regents chancellor John Morgan says it doesn’t have to be that way.

“As far as students coming out of high schools, we really can get to a place where the vast majority of those students are ready to succeed from day one,” Morgan said at a press conference in the state capitol on Wednesday.

Morgan blames the current college preparation gaps on old standards that were replaced a few years ago by Common Core. The letter calls them “higher academic standards.”

While the Common Core brand has soured in the state, Morgan contends the standards themselves will drive down remediation levels over time and that the legislature shouldn’t fiddle with them.