HARRISBURG, PA (May 14, 2013) – Pennsylvania’s Common Core Standards will help ensure that students are better prepared for success in postsecondary education, the workforce and the military, if they choose to serve, said military and business leaders from Pennsylvania today. They released a new report from the nonpartisan national security organization Mission: Readiness at the State Capitol that shows that one in five high school graduates in Pennsylvania who tries to join the military cannot score highly enough on the military’s exam for math, literacy and problem solving to qualify for service.
Speakers at the news conference included Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General Major General Wesley Craig (US Army) and other Administration officials; Rear Admiral Thomas Wilson, III (US Navy, Ret.); decorated veteran State Representative Ryan Aument; and David Patti, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Business Council along with several members of the Council.
“I am deeply proud of all those who have served our state and country and of the 19,000 current members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. But I am alarmed about the reduced number of young men and women who can meet all of the qualifications required to serve in our Armed Forces,” said General Craig. “Too many high school graduates do not have the skills the military needs. Pennsylvania’s Common Core Standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high-quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state.”
The report, entitled All Children Prepared for Success: Common Standards and Aligned Assessments are Key, makes the case that Pennsylvania’s Common Core Standards make English language arts and math education more rigorous and relevant, and they also challenge students on critical thinking, complex problem solving and effective communication—all essential skills for today’s and tomorrow’s military.