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PPI releases Common Core report

Study examines the importance of higher standards in New York State and highlights early successes

The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. (PPI), today released a detailed report entitled, “Common Core: Here to Stay?”, which examines the importance of higher standards in New York’s education system and predicts where we go from here.

“The release of this report could not be more timely, as students across New York wrap up the second week of testing under the updated guidelines,” said Allison Armour-Garb, senior fellow for PPI. “What this report shows is that, despite our best efforts, today’s graduates remain woefully ill-equipped to compete for the job openings employers currently have available, and the careers of the future. The revamped state tests are designed to be better at testing the real-world skills, like problem-solving and critical thinking, that New York’s employers covet. The best preparation comes from the skills children are practicing in everyday lessons.”

Key findings of the report include the following:

“This report comes at a crucial time for elementary and secondary education in our state,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Unfortunately, the so-called opt-out movement remains robust and runs counter to the objective everyone wants, which is to provide our children with the best education possible. I commend Ms. Armour-Garb for highlighting these critical issues and hope this report helps spur a dialogue among all the key players.”

The full report can be viewed here, www.ppinys.org/reports/2016/PPI-Common-Core-Here-to-Stay.pdf

Founded in 1981, The Public Policy Institute is a research and educational organization whose purpose is to formulate and promote public policies that will restore New York's economic competitiveness. The Institute accomplishes this mission by conducting timely, in-depth research addressing key state policy issues.

Governed by an independent Board of Trustees, The Institute is a non-partisan, tax-exempt organization. The Institute depends on the support of corporations, individuals, and foundations for its income, and does not accept any government funding.

The Institute is affiliated with The Business Council of New York State, Inc.