The Common Core Goes to College

The Common Core State Standards have been very controversial. The assessments used to measure them (PARCC and Smarter Balanced) have been possibly even more controversial. But the debate has been active in K-12 schools and amongst those students' teachers and parents. Higher education has been pretty quiet on both the CCSS and the assessments.

According to an article on, that is starting to change.

"Earlier this month, four Delaware colleges announced they would use the Common Core-based Smarter Balanced assessment to measure college readiness and will accept scores in lieu of a separate placement exam. More than 100 colleges in California, 10 in Hawaii, 24 in Oregon, 49 in Washington and 6 in South Dakota use the Smarter Balanced assessment as a placement exam.

Two colleges in Colorado and the members of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents are using the Common Core-based PARCC exam, also known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, to evaluate college readiness."


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