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Vol. 45, No. 85

Sept. 26, 2011

Missouri Team Selected for College Readiness Partnership

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro and Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell were notified this week that Missouri has been
selected to participate in a national College Readiness Partnership (CRP).

Missouri is one of seven states selected for the collaborative effort by a partnership of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).

In addition to Missouri, leadership teams from Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin also have been selected. Each state will designate a leadership team to promote the broad implementation of Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts.

Each state team is comprised of individuals representing the three sponsoring organizations. In Missouri, the state team is a joint collaboration between K-12 and higher education officials, school administrators, curriculum experts and
classroom practitioners.

“We are thrilled to work with our higher education partners in implementing the Common Core State Standards,” Nicastro said. “We have already been working as a collaborative team and to be selected as a lead state will put a spotlight on the great work already under way in Missouri.”

Russell said the College Readiness Partnership builds on accomplishments of the two Missouri agencies. “The transition from high school to postsecondary education is a crucial juncture in the education pipeline. CRP will work to make the transition seamless,” he said.

Each state is approaching implementation of the Common Core State Standards in a slightly different way and is at different stages of implementation. The partnership will compile effective practices and document state models to develop a process roadmap to share with other states.

The College Readiness Partnership will work directly with the state leadership teams to achieve three primary objectives:

• Identify 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;

• Define 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

• Identify 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.

The state leadership teams will hold an initial meeting in early November at the University of Memphis campus.