“For less than 1 percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we’ve convinced nearly every state in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning — the first time that’s happened in a generation,” said President Obama. He’s referencing the Common Core State Standards, a new set of benchmarks now adopted by 48 states that received top billing in the State of the Union address. Allison Jones, vice president for postsecondary collaboration at the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, said he really believes “the stars are aligned.”
“We’re going to have systemic change in K-12 and in higher education as a result. … I think it’s going to be successful.”
Jones was part of a panel of education officials who spoke to Illinois educators and community members Thursday evening about those standards and assessments and their impact on higher education at the Elgin Community College District 509 Alliance for College Readiness meeting.
The Common Core Standards were adopted in 2010 by Illinois school districts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. And educators and administrators around the state as well as around the country are beginning the transition of addressing this new initiative. The primary goal for all of the states: Ensure that our students are “college-and-career ready.”
Illinois is one of 27 states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. PARCC is currently working on developing assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. While the assessments won’t be in place until the 2014-2015 school year, the ultimate goal is to include scores that will indicate a student’s “college-readiness.”
As educators and administrators struggle to, once again, implement a changing set of standards, this initiative seems to be aimed at providing students what they really need to succeed rather than just another set of standardized tests.
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