A Path to Alignment: Connecting K-12 and Higher Education via the Common Core and the Degree Qualifications Profile

“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which aim to assure competency in English/language arts and mathematics through the K-12 curriculum, define necessary but not sufficient preparedness for success in college. The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), which describes what a college degree should signify, regardless of major, offers useful but not sufficient guidance to high school…

California Diploma Project Technical Report III: Validity Study

California Diploma Project: Validity Study Technical Report. This validity study examines two research questions: How applicable are the Health Science and Medical Technology Standards to entry-level postsecondary courses and workforce expectations? How important are the Health Science and Medical Technology Standards to success in postsecondary courses and workforce expectations?The rationale for conducting this initial validity…

California Diploma Project Technical Report II: Alignment Study

Alignment Study of the Health Sciences and Medical Technology Draft Standards and California’s Exit Level Common Core State Standards. This alignment study examines two dimensions of alignment, looking at both content and cognitive complexity. Using a modified version of the methodology developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, this study addresses the following research questions:…

California Diploma Project Technical Report I: Crosswalk Study

Crosswalk of the Intersegmental Committee for the Academic Senate Statements of Competencies to the Common Core State Standards. EPIC conducted an investigation of the Intersegmental Committee for the Academic Senates (ICAS) Statements of Competencies for Mathematics and Academic Literacy. The purpose of this work is to understand how the ICAS competencies relate to college and…

Lining Up: The Relationship between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards

EPIC completed an alignment study on the Common Core State Standards. The study determines the extent of correspondence (alignment) between the exit level Common Core State Standards and each of five sets of existing standards (California and Massachusetts state standards, the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, the Knowledge and Skills for University Success, and…

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

The CCSS gave states an opportunity to voluntarily adopt common expectations in English language arts and literacy, and mathematics. With common standards in place, states could more easily and efficiently share best practices in curriculum and assessments, while still retaining flexibility on how best to teach these subjects locally (Phillips & Wong, 2010). As of…