The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics have been adopted by over 45 states since their release in 2010. Below are some resources that connect the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and CTE.

  • 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, 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.
  • 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 NASDCTEc jointly piloted a process where educators evaluated, modified, and/or developed instructional tasks that demonstrate how 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.

  • The Common Core State Standards and the Common Career Technical Core’s Career Ready PracticesTo demonstrate how the Career Ready Practices have application across disciplines, this document maps the 12 Career Ready Practices against sample sets of standards within the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather illustrative of the connections between the skills laid out in the Career Ready Practices and the skills required within the Common Core State Standards.