Connecting the Dots: Postsecondary’s Role in Preparing K-12 Students

This report addresses the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and common assessments. The report provides an overview of postsecondary’s role in preparing K–12 students for first-year, freshman college courses.


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This concise report provides comprehensive, practical information about how higher education can contribute to and collaborate with K–12 educators to ensure that students are prepared for higher education. The accessible report defines and supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The report is authored by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two CCSS consortia, and thus supports PARCC’s assessments.