Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

 

Reaching the Goal coverThe Common Core State Standards have been widely
adopted, implementation efforts have commenced, and assessment frameworks have
begun to roll out. But how will the standards (if faithfully implemented) actually
serve a college-bound student population? In order to test this primary aim of
CCSS, David Conley and his team at the Educational Policy Improvement surveyed 1,815
two- and four-year college professors in twenty-five different subjects,
spanning the gamut from English and math to history, business, and computer
science, asking them how relevant and important various Common Core standards
are to their courses. The findings: English language arts standards were deemed
both relevant and important across disciplines, with particular importance
placed on the CCSS’s “speaking and listening” standards. (Eighty percent found
this slice of the CCSS standards to be of importance.) On the math front, several
strands (including mathematical practices, numbers and quantity, and algebra) were
generally found to be applicable for college coursework. The geometry
standards, however, were not: Only half the math professors found them to be
applicable. The most frequent criticisms from college profs relate to the
wording of the standards and to perceived deficiencies in problem-solving and
critical-thinking requirements. While the survey’s methodology has rightly
raised some eyebrows
(or even angry fists), it does provide a sort of
affirmation of the CCSS.

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David T. Conley, Kathryn V. Drummond, Alicia de
Gonzalez, Jennifer Rooseboom , and Odile Stout. “Reaching
the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards
to College and Career Readiness
,” (Educational Policy
Improvement Center, August 2011).

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