College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WICHE hosted an invitation-only meeting titled, “College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges.” The meeting took place October 1-2, 2014 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO, brought together key higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in order to:
- Gain an increased awareness of issues related to readiness for college and careers, common academic standards, and assessments that may emerge as students cross state lines to enroll in postsecondary institutions after high school;
- Forge relationships with colleagues in other states to assist with the ongoing implementation of common academic standards and assessments in the region, particularly where cross-state collaboration is necessary;
- Identify principles for good practice as a basis for a national framework for preempting some of the obstacles related to student movement across state lines as common academic standards and assessments are implemented; and
- Determine whether an ongoing conversation (perhaps through a formal network of K-12 and higher education leaders) would be valuable and lead to more successful student transitions.