California’s Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies & Science and Technical Subjects: Organization and Structure

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

Time to Extend

Read about the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards from the Introduction to the national Common Core State Standards.

Each strand in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects contains a set of CCR Anchor Standards.

The CCR standards anchor the document and define general, cross-disciplinary literacy expectations that must be met for students to be prepared to enter college and workforce-training programs ready to succeed. The K–12 grade-specific standards define end-of-year expectations and a cumulative progression designed to enable students to meet college and career readiness expectations no later than the end of high school. The CCR and high school (grades 9–12) standards work in tandem to define the college and career readiness line—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity. Hence, both should be considered when developing college and career readiness assessments.

Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards, retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades, and work steadily toward meeting the more general expectations described by the CCR standards.

National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices and
Council of Chief State School Officers (2010)
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
& Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Although California did not include the CCR Anchor Standards in the standards adoption, they are the frameworks around which the standards are organized. Therefore, familiarity with the CCR Anchor Standards allows us to understand the progression of the standards across the grades. In addition, you will see on the next page that the number of CCR Anchor Standards, as well as the strands, is consistent with the K-12 standards.

Time to Try

Locate the CCR Anchor Standards document and the California’s Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects document that you downloaded. Choose one of the CCR Anchor Standards in either the Reading or Writing strand. Next, find the same standard in the CCSS document. Beginning with kindergarten, read the standard progression from kindergarten to grade 12.

Illustration showing the correlation between College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards and Reading Standards for Literature K-5. For example, Standard #6 under Craft and Structure on the CCR aligns with #6 on the ELA standards.

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Share a key finding from your standard progression study.

 

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