The American Association of University Women has joined the ranks of organizations backing the Common Core State Standards. What makes the group's support unique is its assertion that raising standards could help close the gender gap in STEM, education reporter and editor Liana Heitin writes in this blog post. "Students who graduate from high school in states with lower math standards may be ill prepared for the rigors of college and science, technology, and math careers," the AAUW recently wrote. "For girls, this disadvantage, combined with stereotype threat, can mean shying away from STEM fields completely."

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