Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core


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We are compiling a list of links to resources and references related to Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Included are organizations, reports and publications that we think will be of interest to readers of the book. We recommend that you use these links as resources and not solutions. You'll note that this list is fully searchable.

EPICenter Blog

Follow news on college and career readiness and the Educational Policy Improvement Center at the EPICenter blog.

Journey Toward Deeper Learning: An Evaluation of the Roadtrip Nation Experience

An exploration of the Roadtrip Nation Experience, using the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Rubric to assess the fostering of deeper learning.

Professional Development Workshops

EPIC staff can lead workshops for your organization on the topics identified in the book chapters. Please visit the EPIC Workshop and Professional Development Page) to learn more about the services offered and to contact an EPIC representative for further information or scheduling.

College Aspirations and College Knowledge: Students’ Preparation for Post-Secondary Aspirations

A study that analyzed the relationship between eleventh and twelfth grade students’ postsecondary aspirations and their preparation for achieving those aspirations.

Lining Up: The Relationship Between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards Report

An EPIC conducted alignment study to determine the extent of correspondence between the exit-level Common Core State Standards and each of five sets of existing standards (California and Massachusetts state standards, the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, the Knowledge and Skills for University Success, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme).

Crosswalk Analysis of Deeper Learning Skills to Common Core State Standards

EPIC conducted a crosswalk study between the Deeper Learning Skills (DLS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The purpose of the crosswalk was to understand the ways in which strategies for deeper learning relate to the CCSS.

Maine Course Pathways Annual Report, 2012

2012 annual report on the development of a system to determine the degree to which high school students are given a fair opportunity to learn all of Maine’s state standards: Maine’s Learning Results (MLR) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Does Common Mean the Same? Implementing State Standards and Assessments Equitably and Fairly

Dr. David Conley explores the Common Core State Standards and the attendant assessments by state consortia and suggests strategies that will result in the most students being ready for postsecondary educational success. This article appeared in State Educational Standard, a publication of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Bridging the Gap: An Illinois Toolkit for Using the Common Core for Secondary and Postsecondary Alignment, 2012

This toolkit guides educational leaders in using the Common Core State Standards to create curricula aligned to college and career readiness expectations. The document serves to support secondary–postsecondary partnerships working to incorporate the Standards into current practices.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Carnegie Corporation’s Urban and Higher Education Program‘s goals are centered on creating pathways to educational and economic opportunity by generating systemic change across a K–16 continuum, with particular emphasis on secondary and higher education.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation makes grants to improve education by expanding the reach of openly available educational resources.

Business Roundtable Education and Workforce Committee

The Business Roundtable’s goal is to promote and develop a well-educated workforce, with an emphasis on the need to improve mathematics and science performance.

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Action and Awareness Steps

These Action and Awareness Steps are suggested activities to help deepen understanding of issues related to college and career readiness and the Common Core State Standards. Activities are organized by chapter, as they are in the book. You can also use the search function if you are looking for something in particular!

Chapter 1 - The New Challenge: All Students College and Career Ready

Chapter 2 - College Readiness, Career Readiness: Same or Different?

Chapter 3 - The Four Keys to College and Career Readiness

Chapter 4 - The Four Keys Continued: Learning Skills and Transition Skills

Chapter 5 - Toward Deeper Learning

Chapter 6 - Deeper Learning at the Classroom Level

Chapter 7 - A Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards

Chapter 8 - The Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness

Chapter 9 - The Consortia Assessments and College and Career Readiness

Chapter 10 - From and Assessment System to a System of Assessments

Chapter 11 - Where To From Here?