About Core to College

Intended outcomes

  • Increased understanding of CCSS across Oregon postsecondary education institutions
  • Statewide agreement on a consistent and robust definition of college and career readiness
  • Postsecondary use of the Smarter Balanced assessment as a means to demonstrate readiness for transferrable, entry-level, credit-bearing college courses
  • K-12 and postsecondary alignment to CCSS in policies and practices, including teacher development and education     

Project Leadership

As an intentionally collaborative initiative, the cross-sector character of Core to College is reflected throughout the project. Oregon’s steering committee includes members of the Department of Education (ODE), Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD), Oregon University System (OUS), the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), and administrative leadership across the field. Lisa Mentz of CCWD serves as the project’s Alignment Director.

Primary Activities 2014-2015

  • Investigating the role of the Smarter Balanced assessment for exemption from developmental educationa and placement into college-level courses.
  • Working with Education Northwest to develop a writing alignment tool based on sessions with K-12 and postsecondary instructors.
  • Supporting STEM alignment activitie using the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum. 
  • Working with partnerships on ongoing professional development around Math 95 alignment outcomes.

Primary Activities 2012-13

  • Meeting with statewide groups  to develop collaborative alignment strategies
  • Working with task forces from college and university campuses to define college and career readiness and determine implications of the CCSS for postsecondary institutions in Oregon
  • Participating in a College and Career Readiness research alliance led by Education Northwest (PDF)
  • Collaborating with Education Northwest to develop and pilot writing alignment workshops
  • Supporting math-focused partnerships between local school districts andpartners at Lane Community College and University of Oregon, and Tillamook Bay Community College and Oregon State University
  • Supporting the ODE cross-sector alignment project for educators associated with Career and Technical Education

Additional Information