Common Core offering kids a level playing field

By December 12, 2013Blog

Below is a letter to the editor, penned by ConnCAN CEO Jennifer Alexander, which originally appeared in the Meriden Record Journal on December 11, 2013.

Regarding the Record-Journal’s recent piece (“Common Core stirs debate,” December 2, 2013): I was glad to read that the Common Core State Standards are being viewed as a positive development in Wallingford. As Board of Education member Michael Votto said, the whole nation can and should be on the same page when it comes to educating our children. Not every child lives in a neighborhood with a good public school, but we have a responsibility to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.

The Common Core State Standards do just that — offer kids a level playing field. They also offer parents peace of mind that we’ll know how well our kids are gaining the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s world.

As Wallingford School District Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said, Common Core is resulting in “more depth to what students are learning at every grade level.”

That is how we will prepare Connecticut’s students for college and careers, and that is how we will give all of our children the tools necessary to succeed. That is how we will provide the quality education every child deserves, regardless of race, wealth or family income.