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ACT Study: Common Core Leaves Students Unprepared for College

A new study released by the ACT may show you some things that proponents of the Common Core State Standards didn’t want you to hear. According to the Daily Signal’s Mary Clare Reim, the report “confirms what Common Core critics have suspected all along: Common Core State Standards do not adequately prepare students for college-level work.”

Some of the findings from the study include:

  • “High school teachers and perhaps some middle school teachers may be emphasizing certain approaches to writing over others due to a concern for source-based writing in response to the Common Core State Standards. But if so, college instructors appear to value some key features of source-based writing… much less than the ability to generate sound ideas…”
  • “Some early elementary school teachers report that they are still teaching some of the topics omitted from the Common Core State Standards at certain early grade levels, perhaps in part because the teachers perceive that students are entering their classrooms unprepared for the demands that later mathematics courses will make of them.” 
  • “Less than half of middle school and high school teachers believe that the Common Core State Standards for mathematics are aligned “a great deal” or “completely” with college instructors’ expectations for college readiness.

If professors and educators do, in fact, value a student’s ability to think critically rather than produce generic samples of work, as the ACT report seems to indicate, then the standards in place simply do not provide the tools necessary for college readiness.

Reim explains why a one-size-fits-all education curriculum appears to be inadequate:

“Education isn’t mentioned in the U.S. Constitution; it is quintessentially a state and local issue. Common Core forces uniformity on America’s ingenious system of federalism”

Now, Common Core gained a foothold in America’s education system because of collusion between bureaucrats and corporations that saw the opportunities for profits from the implementation of the standards. 2ndVote’s Education scores show exactly how many of these companies have helped support this failing program.

Below are many corporations that have financially supported and/or directly advocated for the  implementation of Common Core State Standards:

Facebook
Mars Inc.
Office Max
Office Depot
Google
Microsoft
General Electric
Apple
Bank of America
Taco Bell
ExxonMobil
Dollar General
General Mills
Deutsche Bank
AT&T
3M
Xerox
Verizon
Dell
Intel
Dow Chemical
Jiffy Lube
IBM
DuPont
FedEx
Caterpillar
State Farm
Texas Instruments
Chevron
Hess
MasterCard
Liberty Mutual
Ameriprise Financial
Hanes
Belk
United Airlines
Walgreens
Visa
Walmart
CVS
PepsiCo
Coca-Cola
Comcast
Citigroup
Gap
BP
Pfizer
Shell Oil
Macy’s
American Express
ConocoPhillips

Allow this list to serve as a helpful tool in aligning your dollars and choices with your values. To learn where more corporations scored by 2ndVote stand on education issues, click here.