In a speech hosted by Achieve last week, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan repeatedly emphasized the goal of preparing students for colleges and careers. Secretary Duncan’s speech was primarily about state consortia working together to create common, rigorous assessments, and he mentioned college- and career-readiness 18 times, framing it as a central goal of developing common standards and assessments.
Common Core State Standards
The Campaign for High School Equity and the Alliance for Excellent Education yesterday presented a Webinar on “Implementing the Common Core State Standards to Achieve Equity.” A distinguished panel of guests urged the equity community to get involved in state discussions about adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. We couldn’t agree more!
Jason Zimba, one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, was on a panel at the joint CCSSO/SHEEO national meeting today. He acknowledged that the mathematics standards did not address college and career ready standards in the same way that the English language arts Common Core Standards did.
The Common Core State Standards for students (Common Core) present a range of college- and career-ready standards that emphasize reading, writing, listening and speaking. The standards also present rigorous mathematics standards that, if mastered, will ensure a student is ready to engage in college-level or work-specific mathematical calculations. Since the release on June 2 of this year, the Common Core has been adopted by 23 states.
The term “college- and career-ready”, which has been part of education discourse for at least 5 years now, recently has taken center stage. Though references to college- and career-readiness are ubiquitous these days, such as in the U.S. Department of Education’s ESEA Blueprint for Reform, there are few explicit definitions for what it means to be college- and career-ready.
On June 2, 2010, the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the long-anticipated Common Core State Standards, a common set of internationally benchmarked college- and career-ready standards designed to ensure that the nation’s students are prepared to compete in the changing global economy.