Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education

A policy brief from the American Council on Education, Achieve, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers describing avenues for higher education engagement in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, this brief examines the state-led effort to develop a uniform set of consistent and clear academic standards for math and English and Language Arts. The brief tracks the progress of standards implementation, and highlights key areas requiring active participation from higher education leaders.

Originally created by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – with input from researchers, policymakers, teachers, and the general public – the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) align high school graduation requirements to college and work expectations for every student through rigorous content and the application of knowledge through high-order skills.

Higher education must be an active participant to ensure effective implementation of the CCSS. According to the brief, higher education needs to engage in four areas: clearly defining what college readiness means, assisting in the development of K-12 assessments that are aligned with college placement policies, aligning K-12 and higher education courses and curricula, and enhancing teacher quality through preparation and in-service professional development. 


Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Jacqueline E. King