this is a key finding from Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma That Counts | Achieve... employers' and colleges' academic demands for high school graduates have converged, yet states' current high-school exit expectations fall well short of those demands.
that 2004 assessment recognized that our nation's high school graduates were matriculating to the work force and institutions of higher learning under-prepared to be successful in those environments
in short, while they were graduating, they emerged without adequate knowledge to be successful for the next step in their young careers. that was the reality behind a core curriculum, where attempts are being made to assure high school graduates do emerge into colleges/universities and/or the working world prepared to be successful in those endeavors. sounds like good governance to me with this attempt to rectify the identified problem