Common Core & SAT/ACT Alignment
As of the fall of 2012, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have chosen to adopt the Common Core Standards. They are designed to be rigorous, clear, and consistent, and they are based on real evidence to align with the knowledge and skill necessary for life beyond high school.
The Standards specifically do not outline exact requirements for curriculum so that schools and districts can make their own choices about how to run their classes while still adhering to the standards. This allows school leaders discretion to find the best material to suit their students' needs and academic objectives. However, many schools may struggle to find the right material.
The SAT and ACT accomplish many of the goals of the Standards. They are designed to identify whether students are ready for college by testing the skills and knowledge they will need when they get there. In fact, both the College Board and ACT, Inc., the parent companies of the SAT and ACT respectively, were actively involved in the creation of the Standards, and their own research about college readiness was integral to the program. You can be confident that test prep is fully compatible with the Common Core and helps students acquire and refine real skills they will need and use in college or careers.
A-List has produced a comprehensive alignment report correlating both the SAT and ACT to the Common Core, including a general outline of the tests which provide context with a cross reference to our A-List materials to assist teachers in engaging in the most effective strategies. The alignment documents simply list the standards and state whether they align: yes, no or partially. A-List's study goes into detail about what exactly that alignment means, what parts of the test are relevant, and where to find problems that exemplify these skills.
Additionally, the process of preparation often involves using additional skills that aren't explicitly tested on the exams. In our Professional Development seminars, A-List discusses how the standards align with the skills and techniques used to prepare for college entrance exams and ways to incorporate material from the tests into tasks beyond the scope of the tests themselves.Our trainers can provide teachers with specific ways to incorporate SAT and ACT strategies and content into their regular curriculum beginning in the 9th grade, through customized curriculum planning and teaching strategies across subjects.Our materials can be adapted for use in any class that is trying to meet The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.