The North Carolina Bankers Association has endorsed the North Carolina Common State Standards, saying it would help ensure that students are prepared for success in college and careers.
In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the group said that realistic and accurate test scores can provide the opportunity to adjust teaching instruction to develop the skills and knowledge needed for success in today's economy.
"Students are graduating from high school without the skills they need to compete,'' said Thad Woodard, the bankers association president and CEO. "We need these goals so that we can start getting our kids -- and future employees -- where they need to be.''
Common core is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curriculum into alignment with each other.
The common core has come under some criticism from conservatives who questioned the value of it. In North Carolina, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has led the criticism.