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CASAS Content Standards and the College and Career Standards for Adult Education

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices together with the Council of Chief State School Officers developed and published a set of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010.

(National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington D.C. 2010). To date, 45 states, Washington D.C. and 4 territories have adopted these standards to inform and guide their K-12 educational systems.

At the request of the CASAS National Consortium, an independent, qualitative, comparative analysis of the Common Core State Standards and the CASAS Content Standards for Reading and the CASAS Content Standards for Mathematics was commissioned. The study was completed in 2010 by an independent third party – Questar Assessment, Inc. The overall analysis indicates both broad and specific alignment between the Common Core State Standards and CASAS Reading Content Standards for reading and mathematics. As a result of this analysis, it became clear that the CASAS Content Standards cover the important knowledge, skills and abilities of literacy and numeracy as designated in the Common Core State Standards. In addition, the CASAS Content Standards for reading and mathematics and Common Core State Standards directly and significantly match as noted in the summary document titled CASAS Content Standards and Common Core Standards: A Comparative Analysis.

College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

Subsequently, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) commissioned a study to answer the following questions on how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) relate to Adult Education:
  1. What content in the area of English language arts and literacy (ELA/literacy) is most relevant to preparing adult students for success in higher education and training programs?
  2. What content in the area of mathematics is most relevant to preparing adult students for success in higher education and training programs?
  3. Which standards in each content area are most important for adult students?

The resulting report is titled   Promoting College and Career Readiness Standards in Adult Basic Education  (Pimental 2013).

Again, at the request of the CASAS National Consortium, CASAS requested a review of the original comparative analysis in light of the results of the study commissioned by OVAE. The first study clearly shows the relationship between the CASAS Content Standards for Mathematics, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and as well as the College and Career Ready Standards for Adult Education. A similar comparative analysis is underway for College and Career Ready Standards for Adult Education and CASAS Content Standards for Reading.

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