Atlanta(WAOK)- Atlanta Superintendent Erroll Davis spoke Tuesday at the 9th Annual Atlanta Public Schools State of the Schools held at the Carter Center pointing out Atlanta Public Schools will follow the Common Core Standards. He told a group of educators and community business leaders the Common Core standards help to improve kids knowledge and helps them . Davis also acknowledged the graduation rate of 51 percent saying it was unacceptable. Davis told the educators it is the school systems goal to reduce the number of students who need remedial help once they’ve arrived at college. Davis has been the Atlanta School Superintendent since 2011 and has announced his retirement this year. Davis was brought in to lead the school system after a cheating scandal involving educators who illegally boosted standardized test scores. A search is in progress to find Davis’s replacement.