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ACTE, NASDCTEc & PARCC Release Joint Statement

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December 12, 2012

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ACTE, NASDCTEc & PARCC Release Joint Statement

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have produced a joint statement to provide clarity regarding the meaning of College and Career Ready Determinations (CCRD) that were produced by PARCC in early November.

Agreement on the CCRD policy is a significant milestone in the development of the next generation assessments which PARCC is developing to align with the Common Core State Standards. PARCC is currently working with 22 states and the District of Columbia (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee).

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The PARCC-adopted College- and Career-Ready Determination (CCRD) policy defines the level of academic preparation in English language arts/literacy and mathematics needed for students to be successful in entry-level, credit-bearing courses in two- and four-year public institutions of higher education. Even though the CCRD measures a level of academic preparedness that students will need for entry into postsecondary education in two core academic areas, the CCRD policy does not make claims about academic preparedness for any specific career. It also does not encompass the full range of knowledge, skills and characteristics that students need for ultimate career success—which includes an array of academic and technical knowledge and skills, and employability knowledge, skills and dispositions.

Please view the joint statement on CCRD for additional information.

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