Winning Gold: The College Readiness Partnership Missouri Department of Higher Education
Overview Policy Environment of College and Career Readiness: +ACT Diploma Project +NCLB waivers demand college/career readiness standards. +ESEA reauthorization elevates college and career readiness. +Individual states are setting college/career ready goals. +Missouri: +Curriculum Alignment Initiative +Common Core State Standards Adoption +SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium +College Readiness Partnership* -Conley, 2011
Definition of College Readiness? The level of preparation a student needs in order to enroll and succeed—without remediation—in a credit-bearing course at a postsecondary institution that offers a baccalaureate degree or transfer to a baccalaureate program, or in a high-quality certificate program that enables students to enter a career pathway with potential future advancement. – Succeed is defined as completing the entry-level courses or core certificate courses at a level of understanding and proficiency that makes it possible for the student to consider taking the next course in the sequence or the next level of course in the subject area or of completing the certificate. -Conley, 2011
What does it mean to be College Ready? Key Cognitive Strategies Key Content Knowledge Key Learning Skills & Techniques Key Transition Knowledge & Skills -Conley, 2011
Key Cognitive Strategies + Problem formulation + Hypothesize + Strategize + Research + Identify + Collect + Interpretation + Analyze / Evaluate + Communication + Organize + Construct + Precision & accuracy + Monitor + Confirm -Conley, 2011
Key Content Knowledge + Structure of knowledge + Key terms and terminology + Factual information + Linking ideas + Organizing concepts + Challenge level + Value + Attribution + Effort -Conley, 2011
Definitions & Assessments How would you define College & Career Ready? How would you assess College & Career Readiness?
Curriculum Alignment Initiative (CAI) SB 289 (2007): mandated alignment of entry- and exit- level competencies in freshman-level general education courses Goal: send clear message regarding content knowledge necessary for success in college. Statewide work identified entry-level competencies in six competency areas: Arts and HumanitiesMathematics English and CommunicationScience Foreign LanguagesSocial Sciences
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) National Governor’s Association initiative 45 states formally adopted these standards Math & English Language Arts (ELA) competencies for K-12 as well as entry into college and career
CCSS Goal: Prepare students for success in entry- level, credit-bearing, academic college courses (2 and 4 year postsecondary institutions) in domains of reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, and mathematics
CCSS in Missouri Formally adopted by Missouri in 2010 CCSS competencies for entry into college and career are well-aligned with CAI competencies – Lower college remediation rates – Reduces costs for institutions of higher education and increases likelihood of graduation – Tighter link for students between high school and post- secondary education – Tighter link for teachers between pre-service education and the classroom
The Assessment Challenge...to here? Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness How do we get from here... All students leave high school college and career ready...and what can an assessment system do to help?
How Do We Measure This? Role of SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium: To develop a comprehensive and innovative assessment system for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards, so that......students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college or a career through increased student learning and improved teaching [The assessments shall be operational across Consortium states in the 2014-15 school year]
A National Consortium of States 29 states representing 48% of K-12 students 21 governing, 8 advisory states Washington state is fiscal agent
Higher Education Engagement 175 public systems/institutions of higher education, representing 74% of direct matriculation students across all SMARTER Balanced States, agreed to partner on assessment development Higher education representatives serve on: Executive Committee Assessment scoring and item review committees Standard-setting committees Director of Higher Education Collaboration started in October; Higher Education Advisory Panel now forming Higher education representatives will join key work groups Senior Higher Education Consultants will work with states on CCSS implementation.
College (and Career) Readiness Partnership State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) (supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education / Hewlett Foundation)
College (and Career) Readiness Partnership Seven states were selected: Kentucky Maine Massachusetts Missouri Oregon Tennessee Oregon Wisconsin
Missouri’s Representation NamePositionOrganization Terry AdamsSuperintendentWentzville R-IV School District Kenneth DobbinsPresidentSoutheast Missouri State University Ann HarrisInterim Vice President of Academic Affairs &ProvostLincoln University Sharon HogeAssistant Commissioner for College & Career ReadinessDepartment of Elementary &Secondary Education Paul LongVice Chancellor for Academic &Student AffairsMetropolitan Community College Carolyn MahoneyPresidentLincoln University Rusty MonhollonAssistant Commissioner for Academic AffairsMissouri Department of Higher Education Chris NicastroCommissionerDepartment of Elementary &Secondary Education David R. RussellCommissioner of Higher EducationMissouri Department of Higher Education Paul YoderChair, Department of EducationTruman State University Karla EslingerAssistant Commissioner for Educator QualityDepartment of Elementary &Secondary Education
Goals of Partnership The CRP’S purpose is to promote the broad implementation of Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts by achieving three primary objectives: Identifying 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; Defining 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 Identifying specific steps that higher education and states must take together in order to make effective implementation a reality. This includes making college and career readiness expectations more transparent to teachers, students and parents, to align curricula, to assess student performance more effectively and to improve teacher preparation and professional development.
Phase I (November 2011) Convened all seven state teams to identify: – critical issues – resources – effective practices The focus of the meeting was on: – how states can leverage and coordinate this initiative with existing efforts. – providing a roadmap for other states
Phase II (TBD) Support of comprehensive and systematic implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative across other states
In Missouri Four-Part Plan: 1.Formalize the structure and objectives of the state CRP team through workgroups and subcommittees 1.Definition & Assessment Workgroup is Being Created… 2.Develop a communication plan, both for internal and external constituents 3.Develop a model curriculum in both mathematics and English/Language Arts for use in teacher preparation programs 4.Find meaningful ways to engage the SMARTER Balance assessment consortium in developing assessment tools to validate and expand the usefulness of the CCSS 1.Stay tuned….
Questions? Heather MacCleoud Research Associate - Academic Affairs Missouri Department of Higher Education 205 Jefferson Street / P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469 Phone: (573) 751-2361 Fax: (573) 751-6635 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dhe.mo.gov