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Monday, September 26, 2011

College Readiness Partnership Announces Selection of State Leadership Teams

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. – The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) are pleased to announce that state leadership teams from Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin have been selected to participate in the College Readiness Partnership (CRP).

The CRP is a collaborative effort between AASCU, CCSSO and SHEEO to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), with a focus on those issues at the intersection of K-12 and higher education systems.  The state leadership teams are comprised of individuals representing the membership of each of the three partner organizations.

The CRP will work directly with the selected state leadership teams to achieve the following three objectives:

  • Identify how the Common Core State Standards should be implemented in each participating state in order to actually improve college and career readiness for all students;
  • Define how leaders and faculty across K-12 and higher education need to work together to improve both teaching and learning in ways essential to achieving the goal of college and career readiness; and
  • Delineate the specific steps that higher education and states must take together in order to make effective implementation a reality; in other words, to make college and career readiness expectations more transparent, to align curricula, to assess student performance more effectively, and to improve teacher preparation and professional development.

The CRP will compile effective practices and state models, and will translate the experiences of the state leadership teams to create a policy and process roadmap for CCSS implementation. Together, the roadmap and the collection of best practices will serve to support and guide all states in their CCSS implementation efforts.

The work of the CRP is supported through grants from the Lumina and Hewlett Foundations.

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American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.

 

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) is a nonprofit, nationwide association of statewide coordinating and governing boards for postsecondary education that assists its members and states in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education. SHEEO provides professional development opportunities for its members; serves as a liaison between the states and the federal government; provides research and leadership on higher education policy issues; and collaborates on projects to improve the effectiveness of higher education in the United States.