College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) Resources

The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) are a subset of the Common Core State Standards that reflect broad agreement among subject matter experts in adult education about what adult students need to know to be prepared for the rigors of post-secondary education and the workplace. Pennsylvania adult education programs are expected to use CCRS-based lessons and assignments as the core of instruction.

Below are tools, resources, and on-demand professional development modules to support the use of the CCRS.  Resources are organized by category.  If you are not sure where to begin, talk to your in-house professional development specialist or use the suggestions provided in the guide below:

Chart to Guide CCRS Starting Points

Section 1 - Depth of Knowledge

Depth of Knowledge
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is a way to categorize the types of tasks that students are asked to complete based upon the thinking skills needed to perform them.

Section 2 - Unpacking the Standards

Unpacking Standards
The unpacking process is a way to learn more about the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and consider what type of instructional activity might support students learning the skills addressed in the standards.

Section 3 - Instructional Advances

Instructional Advances
The College and Career Readiness Standards identify instructional advances that should be incorporated into teaching.

  • English Language Arts (ELA) instructional advances: Text Complexity, Evidence, and Building Knowledge
  • Mathematics instructional advances: Focus, Coherence, and Rigor

Mathematics also has identified a set of eight Math Practices that students should be demonstrating as they solve math problems.

Section 4 - Lesson Revision and Resource Alignment

Lesson Revision and Resource Alignment
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) developed a process and tools that adult education practitioners can use to evaluate instructional resources to determine how well they align to the CCRS and identify ways that the instructional resources can be revised to improvement alignment.

Resources for English Language Arts (ELA) Resource Alignment and Revision

Resources for Math Resource Alignment and Revision

Section 5 - Focus on Student Work and Assignments

Focus on Student Work and Assignments
By looking at the work that students complete on assignments, we are able to gather additional information about how well the students understood the content, how well they are meeting the standard, and how the assignment can be improved to help student mastery of new skills.

Section 6 - CCRS and ESL

The CCRS tools in the sections above can be used to prepare standards-based ESL lessons with little to no adaption.

In addition to the CCRS, ESL teachers may wish to view the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adults Education NEW

Coming soon: resources and lessons designed specifically for ESL teachers that want to incorporate the CCRS into their English language instruction.

Section 7 - Lesson Study Protocol

Section 8 - General CCRS Resources for Teaching and Lesson Planning

General CCRS Resources for Teaching and Lesson Planning
There is a wide variety of CCRS tools and resources available to support use of the standards in your instruction.

Section 9 - Additional Resources for IHPDS and PLCs

Additional Resources for In-House Professional Development Specialists (IHPDS)
These resources can support your local agency’s efforts to learn more about the standards and implement them into teaching.

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