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College presidents express support for Common Core

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states have announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core standards rolling out in most states.

The more than 200 college presidents and state higher education leaders say the K-12 standards represent a significant improvement over most states' standards. They say they are needed to tackle the high rates of students needing remedial help in college, and that higher education has a clear and compelling stake in the debate.

The standards are designed to enhance critical thinking and spell out what math and English skills students should master at each grade. They were adopted on a state-by-state basis but have faced push-back. Governors in Indiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma have signed legislation to repeal them.

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