Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

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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.

Review the List of Common Core Standards Near the Start of Chapter 10

Review the list of Common Core standards near the start of chapter 10. Think about ways that these could be assessed either at the classroom level or by an external method.

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.

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.

Review the Results of the Reaching the Goal Study

Review the results of the Reaching the Goal study (https://www.epiconline.org/Issues/common-core/CCR_Common_Core.dot). What do the results suggest about the importance of skills that cut across multiple subject areas? Identify three to five such skills and determine how to focus on developing them across classes.

Examine the Verbs in Figure 8.3 (Verbs from the Common Core ELA Standards Mapped to the Key Cognitive Strategies)

Examine the verbs in figure 8.3 (Verbs from the Common Core ELA Standards Mapped to the Key Cognitive Strategies), and determine the degree to which those concepts are taught and developed currently in all classes. Have each teacher pick three verbs on which to focus by first explaining why the verb is important to the subject area in question.

Consult Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for Guidance on Developing Student Vocabulary

Consult appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for guidance on developing student vocabulary. For additional suggestions, see Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel Beck, Margaret McKeown, and Linda Kucan.

Provide Common Core Skills Training to Teachers in Subject Areas outside ELA and Mathematics

Provide training on teaching the Common Core skills that are foundational to their subject area to teachers in subject areas outside English language arts and mathematics.

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