Establishing Consistency in the Student Study Team Referral System of Ocean View School District

CHAPTER 1 Introduction “In 2014, the United States will take the bold step toward improving the learning of all students: 46 states and the District of Columbia will begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, the rigorous new benchmarks aimed at raising achievement in English language arts and mathematics” (Clark & Cookson, 2012). While the adoption of the Common Core State Standards breeds new hope for our educational system, it is hard to ignore that before this bold move by our nation the educational system was in crisis. In 2013, the California Department of Education estimated that over fourteen percent of California’s high school students would drop out before achieving their high school diplomas (California Department of Education, 2013).