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The common core state standards and teacher preparation: The role of higher education

Abstract

The Common Core State Standards and Teacher Preparation: The Role of Higher Education is a discussion paper that highlights three areas where universities have a key role to play in providing leadership for the Common Core State Standards:

1. Aligning higher education curriculum with K-12 curriculum, which includes both adapting admissions standards and revising curricula of first-year courses that act as bridges between K-12 and college majors;

2. Preparing and educating teachers, both prospective and practicing, which includes revising curricula in disciplinary departments to prepare teachers to teach the Common Core, revising professional preparation coursework and experiences, and working in partnerships with professional development programs; and

3. Conducting research on issues of teaching and learning the Common Core State Standards, teacher quality, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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