Common Core & SAT/ACT Alignment
Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, and four territories 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.
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.
STATE STANDARDS & SAT/ACT ALIGNMENT
Our materials and resources are also aligned to other state standards such as TEKS, Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE), Oklahoma Academic Standards, Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), Alaska State Standards, Nebraska State Standards, Indiana Academic Standards, and South Carolina Standards and Learning. 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.
Interested in learning more or getting started with A-List’s Common Core & State Standards Alignment? Complete our get started form to provide us with more information about your school/organization. An A-List representative will be in touch with more details about our offerings.
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