Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core


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Achieve is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship.

Association of American Universities

The Association of American Universities is an international organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.

The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm

A study released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce on job loss and creation in the recession that began in December 2007.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

PARCC is a 19-state consortium working together to develop next-generation K–12 assessments in English and math.

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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?