America’s education system has fallen behind its international peers, posing a significant threat to our nation’s long-term economic competitiveness and the ability for all students to reach their full potential in careers and life. To address this alarming trend, states across the country have adopted the Common Core State Standards. The Helmsley Charitable Trust supports these new standards to set a higher bar for children's success and better equip them to progress from kindergarten through high school and graduate ready to thrive in college or a career. The most important drivers of change and impact in this effort are, without question, teachers.
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