Common Core Goes to College: Building Better Connections between High School and Higher Education
In this report published by New America, Tepe describes the current landscape of higher education policies and practices that prevent clear alignment between colleges and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Tepe analyzed state and institution policies within higher education and examined the history and use of various assessments (e.g., high school assessments and exit exams, college admissions exams, and course placement tests) in higher education. The examination of the current landscape reveals many paths students have to navigate from high school to college. Tepe sees that the widespread adoption of the CCSS and assessments presents a new opportunity to bridge the gap between high school and higher education, arguing that states’ new college- and career-ready assessments should provide an additional avenue to higher education institutions.