College and career readiness is at the heart of California’s State Standards. State policymakers have emphasized the need to better align K–12 education systems with higher education to ensure a more seamless transition for young adults between high school and college, and between high school and the labor market. In this project—in partnership with the California Department of Education—we examine many aspects of these standards, including how well they correlate with measures of postsecondary success across the State’s three segments of higher education. (The partnership is funded through a research grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education to Faculty Director Michal Kurlaender, PI at UC Davis).
In 2014, the state of California implemented the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in order to align state assessment and accountability policies with the newly adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At the heart of the new performance and accountability system is the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is designed to evaluate a student’s full range of college- and career-readiness as defined by the CCSS.