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Core to College Evaluation: Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Articulating Course Sequences Across K–12 and Higher Education Systems

By Neal Finkelstein, Becca Klarin, Marie Broek, Kim Austin, Mina Dadgar, Susan Mundry, Daniel Bugler


The Core to College Initiative is designed to promote collaboration between the K–12 and higher education systems in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned assessments. The frequent lack of alignment between the content and rigor of high school courses and college courses has contributed to many college students being placed into non-credit-bearing remedial courses, limiting their chances of success at the postsecondary level. To address this challenge and to support students’ successful transition to postsecondary education, the Core to College Initiative aims to improve the alignment between K–12 and postsecondary education systems in the initiative’s participating states.

To examine the course-sequencing strategies used by the Core to College states—and to observe the variation in strategies within and across those states—a survey was developed and given to each state’s Alignment Director.

This report summarizes survey responses, including information on the types of planning and course-sequencing discussions taking place, the primary stakeholders involved in these discussions, the types of data systems used to manage course-sequencing information, and the governance structures for implementing course-sequencing policies.

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Copyright: 2013
Format: PDF
Pages: 54
Publisher: WestEd