In response to the Feb. 12 op-ed “Common Core math is worth the effort,” by Jerrod Bradley: United Way of Fresno County applauds math teacher Jerrod Bradley and Sanger Unified School District for their work to successfully transition to Common Core and prepare students for ongoing success. This work is keeping students challenged, engaged and in classrooms across the Valley and state.
We are a strong proponent of real world learning so students gain the skills and foundation needed to seize opportunities that lie ahead. Sadly, this hasn’t always been the case.
According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 68% of students entering the CSU system in 2010 required remedial coursework in English and/or math.
Further, the Fresno County Office of Education reports a 14.4% dropout rate and only 77.3% graduating from high school in 2012-13 data from the California Department of Education.
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These statistics can turn around as we give continued support to our teachers and school districts as they work to implement Common Core, which is critical so all kids have access to a quality education and the student achievement gap is closed.
R. Michael Alexander
President and CEO
United Way of Fresno County