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Report Reveals Common-Core Standards Lack Higher Ed. Link

By Caralee J. Adams — January 06, 2011 1 min read

A new report released today by the Center on Education Policy reveals that states lack solid plans to coordinate with higher education on linking college-admissions requirements or curriculum to the common standards.

The report, States’ Progress and Challenges in Implementing Common Core Standards, is based on a confidential survey of state deputy education secretaries from 42 states and the District of Columbia this fall.

According to the survey, seven states plan to align first-year undergraduate core curriculum with the standards. Another 26 state leaders did not know if this change would be implemented, and three said it would not.

Twenty-four state deputy secretaries did not know if undergraduate admissions requirements would be aligned to the standards, while eight said they would, and four said they would not.

“Supporters hope that the common-core standards will encourage a seamless system of education from elementary school through college,” said Jack Jennings, CEP’s president and CEO in a press release. “This is far from being realized.”

Changes in assessments, curriculum, professional development, and teacher evaluation that would align with the new standards are several years away. According to the survey, 23 of the 31 states that plan to require school districts to implement the common-core standards do not expect to fully institute the requirements until 2013 or later. For the full story, go here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the College Bound blog.