I had the opportunity to speak to the Meridian Chamber of Commerce last week about the importance of the Idaho Core Standards in helping prepare our young people for school, work and life. It was a large crowd and the business leaders were very interested in what the core standards are and how they can help improve our schools.
I noted that research shows that about 67 percent of the jobs in Idaho over the next five to 10 years will require a post-secondary credential. Yet right now less than 40 percent of our workforce holds such a credential.
We must have more students go on to post-secondary education and receive a credential if we are to have the highly educated and skilled workforce we need. Part of the problem is our current academic standards are not rigorous enough to successfully prepare our young people for post-secondary education. Too many of them need remediation in Math and English and drop out of school. We need higher standards so more can obtain the credential or degree necessary to fill the jobs of the future.
The Meridian area business leaders seemed very supportive of this message.