Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates said that having a common set of academic standards across U.S. schools is needed to keep the nation competitive.
“It’s such an exciting thing to have high standards, quality standards and consistent standards,” he said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” which aired today. “I am disappointed that its implementation is at risk in some states.”
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a set of academic measures in math and English language arts and literacy that outline what students in the U.S. should know and be able to do at the end of each grade, from kindergarten to the senior year of high school.
Concerns about U.S. academic performance and competitiveness with other countries propelled interest in creating the standards.
The Common Core was created to ensure that students graduating from U.S. high schools have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career and life, regardless of where they live. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a supporter of the Common Core, as is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
While the Common Core has been voluntarily adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, it has stirred controversy.
Source: Businessweek | Gail DeGeorge and Janet Lorin