The CCSS gave states an opportunity to voluntarily adopt common expectations in English language arts and literacy, and mathematics. With common standards in place, states could more easily and efficiently share best practices in curriculum and assessments, while still retaining flexibility on how best to teach these subjects locally (Phillips & Wong, 2010). As of July 2011, 44 states had taken up this invitation and had adopted the standards.
Major questions remain to be answered about these standards, chief among them the degree to which they reflect what is necessary to be ready for college and careers. To help answer this question, EPIC designed and conducted this study. It examines the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the CCSS are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness.
Full report of a 2011 study on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).2011_ReachingtheGoal-FullReport.pdf (1111 downloads)
Executive Summary of a 2011 study on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).2011_ReachingtheGoal-ExecutiveSummary.pdf (549 downloads)
Authors: David Conley, Kathyrn Drummond, Alicia de González, Jennifer Rooseboom, Odile Stout