State College and Career Readiness Initiative: Statewide Transitional Courses for College Readiness

This report provides a progress update on the work the Southern Regional Education Board and its partner states completed on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded grant project, Strengthening Statewide College/Career Readiness Initiative (SSCRI). The grant focused on strengthening the college- and career-readiness initiatives in five states: Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. This report focuses on the progress these states have made in regards to the design and implementation of transitional courses in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Changing How Students Learn and Teachers Teach

This report includes vignettes from teachers reflecting on their use of tools--the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC)--aimed at preparing students for college and careers. The vignettes included in this report are the result of interviews with teachers between September 2012 and January 2013 where educators reflected on their teaching styles, changes in student motivation and engagement, and changes in their own behavior while using the LDC and MDC tools. 

K-12, Higher Education Collaborating on Common Core, Survey Finds

A survey administered by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University found that K-12 and higher education officials in most states are collaborating to implement the Common Core State Standards. In addition, most states reported that colleges and universities have determined that the new math and literacy standards meet standards of college readiness. However, officials in 16 states reported that they have had major challenges in collaborating with higher education.

How Prepared Are Students for College-Level Reading? Applying a Lexile®-Based Approach

This study assessed the relationship between the English language arts and reading assessment scores of 11th grade students and their ability to both read and comprehend textbooks used in entry-level college English courses. Findings revealed a 75 percent comprehension level for students, and that 51 percent of students can read 95 percent of first-year English textbooks used in entry-level college classes. 

Common Core State Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide

This report provides state education leaders with information on how to align academics and career & technical education (CTE) through implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This report describes what states are doing to align CTE and CCSS, highlights strategies, and identifies common challenges and barriers to alignment.

Advancing Adolescent Literacy: The Cornerstone of School Reform

This report is a review of an adolescent literacy initiative established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its broader efforts to increase student achievement, specifically among historically under-served populations. The author explains the process undertaken in developing the Advancing Literacy Initiative over time and how the Carnegie Corporation parlayed that work into the effort that allowed adolescent literacy to define the education reform movement.

EPIC's 2010 Annual Report: Systematizing College and Career Readiness

EPIC's 2010 Annual Report focuses on the work being done in a range of topics such as comprehension assessment, out-of-school learning, writing in adolescence, literacy coaching standards, instructional needs of second language learners, and literacy. The report introduces EPIC's CollegeCareerReadyTM System and provides overviews of key projects with the goal of enabling more students to enter college ready to succeed.

Lining Up: The Relationship Between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards

This report by EPIC addresses three research questions for each of the two subject areas for which Common Core State Standards have been developed, namely, English language arts and literacy, and mathematics: 1.) To what extent are the knowledge and skills found in the comparison standards the same as or different from what is described in the Common Core State Standards? 2.) What is the cognitive complexity level of the Common Core State Standards and to what extent are the matched comparison standards at a higher or lower level of cognitive complexity?

Affirming the Goal: Is College and Career Readiness an Internationally Competitive Standard?

This brief from ACT, Inc. compares U.S. performance standards in reading and mathematics to those of other countries to determine if they are internationally competitive. The authors determine that the results of their research indicates the standards are competitive and also reinforce ACT's definition of college and career readiness as the appropriate goal for U.S. education to follow. The report goes on to list reasons why the U.S.


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