Part of the motivation behind the interdisciplinary approach to literacy promulgated by the Standards is extensive research establishing the need for college and career ready students to be proficient in reading complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas. Most of the required reading in college and workforce training programs is informational in structure and challenging in content; postsecondary education programs typically provide students with both a higher volume of such reading than is generally required in K–12 schools and comparatively little scaffolding.
National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices and
Council Chief State of School Officers (2010)
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy
in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects