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Common Core State Standards and CTE/Career Clusters® Resources

Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards

Achieve published a report that identifies the types and ranges of college- and career-ready skills reflected in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, using two sets of skills statements – the Deeper Learning Standards and the Career Cluster Essential Knowledge and Skills Statements – as benchmarks. The skills, which are reflected throughout the CCSS in either or both subjects – such as communications, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and research skills, provide a foundation for student learning.

The report notes that "...the CCSS are designed to cover most of the skills in greatest demand by employers, postsecondary systems and our society, including the ability of students to communicate effectively in a variety of ways, work collectively, think critically, solve routine and nonroutine problems, and analyze information and data."

However, the report does point out that "the CCSS do not cover every skill that a student needs to succeed in life because they were not designed to do so. They were designed to provide the core academic knowledge and skills in mathematics and ELA/literacy that prepare students for postsecondary success. "

Classroom Tasks & Workshop Planning Tools

As states and districts implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they will need to find ways to ensure the content is both rigorous and engaging for students, particularly in mathematics.

To help educators and education leaders address this challenge, Achieve and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) jointly piloted a process where educators evaluated, modified, and/or developed instructional tasks that demonstrate how Career Technical Education (CTE) content can be leveraged throughout high school mathematics.

All of the tasks below were developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and CTE educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. They were developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning – and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

CTE Classroom Tasks
CTE Workshop Planning Tools