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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

THE IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging program of education aimed at college success.

PARCC Sample Tasks

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has shared samples of PARCC items to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests.

Innovation Lab Network (ILN)

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning to transform the public education system.

Coalition of Essential Schools

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is at the forefront of creating challenging schools. CES has a long tradition stretching back to the mid-1980s of juried reviews of student work products and projects.

New York Performance Standards Consortium

A coalition of schools in New York State that build instruction around performance tasks.

Envision Schools

Envision Education runs three small, high-performing urban public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. They ask students to complete semester- and year-long projects that require integrating a broad range of skills and knowledge.

Aspire Public Schools

A public charter system that asks students to complete semester- and year-long projects that require integrating a broad range of skills and knowledge.

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

A guide from the K–12 Center at ETS that describes and illustrates the assessment designs and related activities launched by the assessment consortia.

Generation TX

Generation TX is a project of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) with the goal of developing a commitment among key stakeholders to create a college-going culture in Texas public schools that prepares all students for a postsecondary education.

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the Twenty-First Century

A report out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education that explores the reasons for the United States’ national failure at college and career preparation and advances a vision for ways for the U.S. to regain leadership in educational attainment.

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

EPIC conducted this study to examine the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness.

Kentucky Common Core Standards Resources

The State of Kentucky has developed and administered its own Common Core assessment ahead of the consortia, which gives teachers much more insight into the areas that they need to address.

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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?