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Starting the Alignment Conversation: Lumina Releases Report on Connecting K-12 and Higher Education via Common Core State Standards and Degree Qualification Profile

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.

“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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