College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) Resources

The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) are a subset of the Common Core State Standards that reflect broad agreement among subject matter experts in adult education about what adult students need to know to be prepared for the rigors of post-secondary education and the workplace. Pennsylvania adult education programs are expected to use CCRS-based lessons and assignments as the core of instruction.

Below are tools, resources, and on-demand professional development modules to support the use of the CCRS.  Resources are organized by category.  If you are not sure where to begin, talk to your in-house professional development specialist or use the suggestions provided in the guide below:

Chart to Guide CCRS Starting Points

Section 1 - Depth of Knowledge

Depth of Knowledge
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is a way to categorize the types of tasks that students are asked to complete based upon the thinking skills needed to perform the.

Section 2 - Unpacking the Standards

Unpacking Standards
The unpacking process is a way to learn more about the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and consider what type of instructional activity might support students leaning the skills addressed in the standards.

Section 3 - Introduction to the CCRS and Key Shifts

Introduction to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

These modules will introduce participants to the structure and layout of the College and Career Readiness Standards, including the levels, content areas, and labels. Participants will learn the benefits of using the CCRS and how the standards apply to lesson planning and teaching adult learners.

Please note: If you are interested in using any of these modules as part of the Staff Induction Process, enroll in the same module in the PD Portal rather than viewing it here for tracking purposes.


Instruction Advances

The College and Career Readiness Standards identify instructional practices that should be incorporated into teaching. The key practices are:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) – Text Complexity, Evidence, and Building Knowledge
  • Mathematics – Focus, Coherence, and Rigor

Mathematics also has a set of eight math practices that students should be demonstrating as they solve math problems.


Section 4 - Lesson Revision and Resource Alignment

Lesson Revision and Resources Alignment
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) developed a process and tools that adult education practitioners can use to evaluate instructional resources to determine how well they align to the CCRS and identify ways that the instructional resources can be revised to improve alignment.

Resources for English Language Arts (ELA) Resource Alignment and Revision

Resources for Math Resources Alignment and Revision

Section 5 - Focus on Student Work and Assignments

Focus on Student Work and Assignments
By looking at the work that students complete on assignments, we are able to gather additional information about how well the students understood the content, how well they are meeting the standard, and how the assignment can be improved to help student mastery of new skills.

Section 6 - CCRS and ESL

The CCRS tools in the sections above can be used to prepare standards-base ESL lessons with little to no adaption. In addition to the CCRS, ESL teachers may wish to view the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education

Section 7 - Lesson Study Protocol

Lesson Study Protocol
Helps teachers refine their practice through a systematic analysis of the planning and execution of lessons.

Section 8 - General CCRS Resources for Teaching and Lesson Planning

General CCRS Resources for Teaching and Lesson Planning
There is a wide variety of CCRS tools and resources available to support the use of the standards in your instruction.


Section 9 - Facilitator Guides

Facilitator Guides
The Facilitator Guides can support your local agency’s efforts to learn more about the standards and implement them into teaching.

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