The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Common Core Standards Studies

EPIC conducted two studies aimed at examining the College- and Career-Readiness Standards: the Standards-to-Standards Alignment Study and the Standards Validity Study.

The Standards-to-Standards Alignment Study was designed to analyze the correspondence between the College- and Career-Readiness Standards and six existing sets of standards.

The Standards Validity Study was designed to examine entry-level postsecondary courses and instructor expectations to determine the degree to which the College- and Career-Readiness Standards represent the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary readiness. The Standards Validity Study examines college readiness by analyzing courses at two- and four-year degree-granting institutions, and considers career readiness by analyzing courses required for select two-year certificates representative of the type necessary to enter into a career pathway.

To accomplish the goals of the study, data were collected from instructors teaching entry-level college courses across the country. Using an online application, instructors were provide specific information about their respective courses in relation to the College- and Career-Readiness Standards.