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2014 Policy Brief Insisting that Colleges Align with the Common Core

In July 2014, the New America Foundation released a policy brief recommending that, rather than primary and secondary school education aiming to prepare students for post-secondary education, higher education providers should change their teaching methods in order to accommodate Common Core State Standards. The report, titled "Common Core Goes to College: Building Better Connections Between High School and Higher Education," suggests that "the widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and assessments presents a new opportunity to bridge the gap between high school and higher education."[1] The report argues "that states' new college- and career-ready assessments should, at the very least, provide an additional avenue for students to meet minimum college eligibility requirements, qualify for state financial aid, and place into the assortment of first-year credit-bearing coursework offered by institutions."[1]

Although Common Core standards were designed to prepare K-12 students for success in higher education, the report found that little had been done in higher education to align instruction to Common Core standards:

"Currently, there are few coherent approaches being used to join these two systems into a rational shared commitment to the Common Core. In part, this is because the establishment of a single benchmark for college readiness is difficult, given the huge variation in America's diverse and independent system of thousands of colleges and universities. A binary indicator for college readiness masks the intense, deliberate sorting of students that takes place between high school and higher education. Further, there is little or no pressure on colleges and universities to change their own academic practices to align with or incorporate these new standards."[1]

The report concludes by providing recommendations to higher education institutions in order to align teaching methods, teacher preparation, financial aid dissemination, and course placement decisions with Common Core standards. Recommendations include that:[1]

  • Institutions with minimum standards for admission should amend those standards to include college- and career-ready assessment cut scores.
  • Institutions offering developmental coursework should base this instruction upon their state's college- and career-ready standards, and determine the success of those programs using the state's high school assessments
  • For those states which continue to award financial aid on the basis of demonstrated academic merit, amend any criteria relating to assessment scores to include those from the state's high school college- and career-ready assessments.

The report was funded by grants from:[1]

Funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

New America has received at least $6,530,002 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[2]


  • 740,000 for global policy and advocacy
  • $200,002 grant from the Gates Foundation in order "to conduct research on the effectiveness and utility of exit exams and develop and distribute policy options for states as they develop their Common Core assessment systems."[3]


  • $1,450,000 for postsecondary success
  • $110,000 for postsecondary success


  • $530,000 for postsecondary success


  • $1,300,000 for global policy and advocacy

2009 and earlier

  • $450,000 for global policy and advocacy
  • $1,500,000 for global policy and advocacy
  • $250,000 for global policy and advocacy

Edit note

I shifted the following material from the article page as it has now been superseded. I have tryied to incorporate the key material into a reworked lead with a current link to the group's website.--Bob Burton 20:15, 9 February 2009 (EST)

"Powerful forces - from the birth of the information age to massive demographic shifts to economic globalization - are remaking America. Now, more than ever, our nation needs a robust public debate, one that does justice to the complex challenges and opportunities of this unfolding era. Yet there remains a dearth of new thinking on both sides of the political divide, as well as a lack of investment in developing the creative young minds most capable of crafting new public policy solutions.
The purpose of the New America Foundation is to bring exceptionally promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation's public discourse. Relying on a venture capital approach, the Foundation invests in outstanding individuals and policy ideas that transcend the conventional political spectrum. Through its Fellowship Program and Strategic Initiatives, New America sponsors a wide range of research, published writing, conferences and events on the most important issues of our time.
The New America Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit public policy institute that was conceived through the collaborative work of a diverse and intergenerational group of public intellectuals, civic leaders, and business executives. New America's Board of Directors is chaired by James Fallows, and Ted Halstead is the organization's founding President and CEO. Based in our nation's capital, the Foundation opened its doors in January 1999."[4]

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