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New Issue Brief Available on Implementing Common Core State Standards

January 18, 2011


​ACE, Achieve and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) today released Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education.

The brief calls on the higher education community to actively participate as new state standards are implemented for English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.

Released in 2010, the Common Core State Standards are designed to ensure that high school graduates are ready to enter college or are prepared to being a career. Currently, 41 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards; most of these states will begin implementation this fall. ACE convened faculty experts to help review and shape the standards during their development.

The new issue brief provides a concise overview of the Common Core initiative and summarizes key areas in which higher education should engage as the standards are implemented, including:

  • defining college readiness and aligning key policies for the school-to-college transition,
  • developing K-12 assessments and aligning college placement policies with them,
  • aligning K–12 and higher education curricula, and
  • providing teacher preparation and in-service professional development.

A free PDF of the paper is available here.

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