From February 27-29 the College Readiness Partnership (CRP) held their second meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, "Architecture for Implementing the Common Core Standards: Strategies, Partnerships & Progress."
The College Readiness Partnership (CRP) is a collaborative effort 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. State leadership teams from Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin have been participating in the College Readiness Partnership (CRP).
Tuesday's plenary sessions focused on four general topics that always seem to rise to the top during discussions on CCSS implementation: (1) Statewide Collaboration and Communication; (2) College and Career Readiness; (3) Assessment; and (4) Teacher Education and Professional Development.
The opening presentation focused on What Would Statewide Collaboration Look Like In a Perfect World? Muriel Howard, President, (AASCU); Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director,(CCSSO); Paul Lingenfelter, President, (SHEEO); Dane Linn, Executive Director of State Strategy, The College Board. According to Gene Wilhoit, whose wife is an early childhood educator, "K-12 and IHEs have been engaged in parallel play regarding implementation of the common core." He suggested that "K-12 and IHE must learn to play together."
In addition to the major forums, a number of concurrent sessions were featured which varied in structure and content. Other Plenary Sessions included:
- College Readiness: What Does It Mean to be College and Career Ready?
- Organizing at the State Level: Structures for Statewide Communication and Collaboration
- Lunch with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
- Assessments for Readiness: Reflections From CRP State Representatives: Constituent Reactions to the Common Assessment Consortia (PARCC and Smarter Balanced) Proposals for Assessments of College Readiness
- Teacher/Faculty Preparation and Development /Gap Analysis: What Needs to be Done to Implement the CCSS?
On Wednesday morning leaders from Kentucky presented their Road Map for CCSS Implementation. The rest of the morning CRP State Team worked on designing the CCSS implementation road map for their state. The road map included a description of effective practices and models for state implementation of CCSS and other initiatives.
The meeting concluded with Jolene Koester, Chair, CRP Steering Committee and Past President, CSU-Northridge reporting on Steering Committee observations about the work of the state teams including providing guidance offered by Steering Committee members.
Steering committee suggestions or guidelines to state team.
You are creating learning communities through your work. Build it, use it!
- Continue to focus on what is good for students
- Define what you mean by college and career readiness.
Develop a plan, roadmap, elements that have a strategic and chronological order.
- One size does not fit all. Build something that works in your state
- As appropriate for your circumstances reach out to your legislature
Use discipline to deliver the same messages within and to all groups.
- Determine what the messages need to be at each step of the way and be disciplined about using them.
- Connect the effort on college readiness assessment to the outcomes assessment efforts now required of higher education by the regional and disciplinary accrediting agencies.
Session descriptions are available on the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education website. Major speakers and forums were recorded and are available.
The work of the CRP is supported through generous grants from the Lumina and Hewlett Foundations.