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ERIC Number: ED541435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Sharing Complex Text and the CCSS
Aspen Institute
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) fulfill a longstanding goal of ensuring that all students, regardless of ability, are college and career ready upon graduation. Students who meet the expectations of the standards are able to comprehend complex text closely and extract meaning and information from it. They are close readers, delving into texts in order to unearth evidence, construct knowledge, and broaden their understanding of the text and world. Research shows that the key ingredient to success after graduation in college was the ability to read complex text. Surprisingly, the results showed that it was not what students could do with the text that they read that determined their success in college coursework, but whether or not they could read complex text itself. This result held across all racial and ethnic groups, for both male and female students, and even for students of varying socio-economic backgrounds. Hence the CCSS, instead of stressing particular teaching methodologies, instead stresses exposing all students to complex text in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute