Principals of America’s leading Catholic high schools are concerned about the impact that adopting the national “Common Core” standards could have on their schools’ Catholic identity, according to a survey of Catholic High School Honor Roll winners conducted by The Cardinal Newman Society.
The principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt the Common Core standards, which are not yet completed and have been criticized by a growing number of education experts and parent organizations. There is no legal requirement for Catholic schools to adopt these standards.
The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll is a national program that has recognized secondary schools for strong Catholic identity and academic excellence since 2004.
In October, the Newman Society surveyed principals of the Top 50 high schools that were recognized by the Honor Roll in 2012, as well as 23 schools that received “honorable mention” for Catholic identity, academic excellence or civic education. Of the 73 schools surveyed, 60 responded. The survey results are statistically accurate at a 95 percent confidence level with a 5.38 percent margin of error.
Only 13 percent of the principals think the Common Core standards would improve the education at their schools, while nearly half (48 percent) think it would do harm.