ERIC Number: ED557757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Standards, Assessment, and Readiness: Addressing Postsecondary Transition Issues across State Lines
Michelau, Demarée K.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
This brief describes major challenges ahead for states, institutions, and most importantly, students as the standards and assessments from the Common Core Standards (CCSS) are implemented. It also offers recommendations to create a network structure that would assist K-12 and higher education leaders in addressing those challenges. To begin the conversation about these challenges, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, convened higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in October 2014. The meeting established four goals: (1) to gain an increased awareness of issues related to readiness for college and careers, common academic standards, and assessments that may emerge as students cross state lines to enroll in postsecondary institutions after high school; (2) to forge relationships with colleagues in other states to assist with the ongoing implementation of common academic standards and assessments in the region, particularly where cross-state collaboration is necessary; (3) to identify principles of good practice as a basis for a national framework for preempting some of the obstacles related to student movement across state lines as common academic standards and assessments are implemented; and (4) to determine whether an ongoing conversation (perhaps through a formal network of K-12 and higher education leaders) would be valuable and lead to more successful student transitions. Organized to address the four key areas, the October 2014 meeting focused on data and reporting, admissions, college and career readiness, and communications.
Descriptors: Barriers, Performance Factors, Academic Standards, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Student Evaluation, Outcome Measures, Program Implementation, Partnerships in Education, Educational Cooperation, Best Practices, Data, Research Reports, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Information Dissemination, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site: http://wiche.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education