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 read the suggestions provided in each section.

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Introduction to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

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Mathematics

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English Language Arts (ELA)

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Introduction to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

The resources below are designed for instructors or tutors who are new to teaching or new to teaching Adult Education.  They cover Depth of Knowledge, an introduction to the CCRS and the Key Shifts, and Unpacking the Standards.

These modules will introduce participants to the structure and layout of the College and Career Readiness Standards, including the levels, content areas, and labels. Participants will learn the benefits of using the CCRS and how the standards apply to lesson planning and teaching adult learners. Please note: If you are interested in using any of these modules as part of the Staff Induction Process, enroll in the same module in the PD Portal rather than viewing it here for tracking purposes.

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 the task.

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.

The College and Career Readiness Standards identify key shifts in instructional practices that should be incorporated into teaching. The key shifts are:

Mathematics

The resources below are designed for instructors or tutors who have a good understanding of the CCRS and the Key Shifts and are ready to use them to plan standards-aligned Mathematics lessons.  

Mathematics has a set of eight math practices that students should be demonstrating as they solve math problems.

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 improve alignment.

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.

The Lesson Study Protocol helps teachers refine their practice through a systematic analysis of the planning and execution of lessons.

English Language Arts (ELA)

The resources below are designed for instructors or tutors who have a good understanding of the CCRS and the Key Shifts and are ready to use them to plan standards-aligned English Language Arts lessons.  

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 improve alignment.

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.

The Lesson Study Protocol helps teachers refine their practice through a systematic analysis of the planning and execution of lessons.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The resources below are designed for instructors or tutors who have a good understanding of the CCRS and the Key Shifts and are ready to use them to plan standards-aligned English as a Second Language lessons.