The Common Core State Standards are designed to ensure that the knowledge and skills students acquire in grades K-12 prepare them for the challenges of higher education. As a result, educators in K-12 and postsecondary settings located in states that have adopted the CCSS need to work together to ensure a successful transition from high school to college.
Unfortunately, this process has not been smooth sailing for several states, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University. In a survey, 35 state education agencies said they face major or minor challenges working with higher education providers during the CCSS implementation process.
Overall, 27 SEAs reported having trouble aligning the CCSS with postsecondary teacher preparation programs. At the same time, 31 SEAs said colleges and universities in their states were trying to see if college readiness can be determined by the Standards.
"Most states reported establishing some type of formal partnership between their K-12 agency and postsecondary institutions, which is a great start," said Jennifer McMurrer, senior research associate for the CEP and the report's co-author. "But working through some of the challenges related to these relationships is going to be key to ensuring the success of the Common Core in the coming years."