Indianapolis—Lumina Foundation has issued a report by two widely respected educators that examines how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Degree Qualification Profile (DQP) can better forge alignment between the nation’s K-12 and postsecondary education systems.
Discussions around the need for alignment between K-12 and postsecondary competencies are not new. This report, however, highlights ways that CCSS and DQP can be used together to promote development of a common language throughout the entire pathway to a college degree.
K-12 and postsecondary have operated as independent fiefdoms. Students pay the price for that lack of communication.
“For too long, K-12 and postsecondary education have operated as independent fiefdoms, more or less oblivious to each other. Students pay the price for that lack of communication,” said Paul L. Gaston, co-author of the paper. “We hope that this white paper will offer a platform for meaningful discussion, greater understanding, and more fully coordinated reform.”
CCSS is a well-known national effort to assure competency in English/language arts and mathematics through the K-12 curriculum. Lumina’s DQP is a lesser-known but growing effort to define what the qualifications should be of a college degree. “A Path to Alignment: Connecting K-12 & Higher Education via the Common Core and the Degree Qualifications Profile”, authored by Gaston and David T. Conley, is available on Lumina’s website.
Connecting K-12 and higher education via the Common Core and the Degree Qualifications Profile36 pgs. | 632k | PDF
“Our system must be designed so that students can see where they’re going and how they can get there as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible. CCSS and the DQP are the best tools at hand right now to help us focus on this redesign,” said Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO of Lumina Foundation. “We hope this report contributes to the national conversation about educational alignment between K-12 and postsecondary education. “
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Degree Qualifications Profile: Executive Summary5 pgs. | 488k | PDF
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