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1.1.2 CCSS Descriptors of College and Career Ready Students

The CCSS Initiative supports the work and research of the experts introduced previously and provides specific descriptors of college and career ready students.

Time to Read

Select the link below to review the College and Career Readiness descriptors for students who meet the standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language across disciplines upon graduation from high school:

CCSS CCR Descriptors

The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy were built upon the CCR Anchor Standards and apply to all content areas, including the technical subjects. The key design considerations focus on an integrated model of literacy that emphasizes coherence in instruction and assessment across disciplines. You will review the anchor standards in detail in Unit 2.

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."

CCSS Initiative , 2012

Time to Reflect

In your metacognitive journal, reflect on what you learned in this section and how students themselves are changing instruction and learning:



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Time to Extend

For a more detailed examination of CCSS as they relate to College and Career Readiness, read "A First Look at the Common Core College and Career Readiness."