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.
The California Department of Education has created standards for fifteen career pathways. For each pathway, ten distinct areas are identified, such as Foundation Standards, Career Planning and Management, and Technical Knowledge and Skills.
Created by the New York State Education Department, engageny.org contains a summary of the key shifts that need to occur in teaching practices for the Common Core State Standards to be implemented successfully.
The Speaking and Listening Anchor Standards are derived from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. There are two clusters for the Anchor Standards in speaking and listening: Comprehension and Collaboration, and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas.
The Language Anchor Standards are derived from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. There are three clusters for the Anchor Standards in language: Convention of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use.
The Writing Anchor Standards are derived from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. There are four clusters for the Anchor Standards in writing: Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, and Range of Writing.
The Reading Anchor Standards are derived from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. There are four clusters for the Anchor Standards in reading: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity.
National content standards for foreign language learning revolve around five clusters: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice are a set of general statements about mathematical process and proficiencies, reasoning, and conceptual understanding. They are overarching organizers to be employed during the teaching and learning of all the mathematics standards.
The Standards comprise three main sections: a comprehensive K–5 section and two content area–specific sections for grades 6–12 (one for ELA and one for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects). Each section is divided into strands. K–5 and 6–12 ELA have Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language strands; the 6–12 history/social studies, science, and technical subjects section focuses on Reading and Writing. Each strand is headed by a strand-specific set of College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards that is identical across all grades and content areas.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s goal is to support innovation that can improve U.S. K–12 public schools and ensure that students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college. They supported the creation of the Common Core State Standards.
The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Along with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the NGA coordinated the state-led effort of the Common Core State Standards.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2011 supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard and each individual state develops its own standards. NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, teacher qualifications, and funding changes.
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!
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