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College and Career Readiness

Parents have questions, and so do students, about what it takes to be ready – for the next grade, for college, or life after high school. MCEC, with support from the GE Foundation, produced “The Learning Skills Toolbox,” a series of videos that tackle learning and readiness at several stages. The series of six videos includes discussion with students who have special needs and interviews with educators and administrators at the high school and college levels. Great tips for any parent, student, and lifelong learner! Watch the videos and take the survey.

The Learning Skills Toolbox - Think: Perspectives on College and Career Readiness

The Learning Skills Toolbox - Know: "Getting It" - Making Sure Students Understand What's Being Taught

The Learning Skills Toolbox - Act: Skills Students Need to be Lifelong Learners

The Learning Skills Toolbox - Go: Beyond Fitting In - Tips for Understanding College and Workplace Culture

The Learning Skills Toolbox - Planning for Life After High School: A Discussion for Students with Special Needs

The Learning Skills Toolbox - Planning for Life After High School: A Discussion for Gifted and Talented Students

Each of our 50 states has adopted college and career readiness standards in some form and are in varying stages of implementing their standards. The vast majority of states have signed onto the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as being the means of raising the education bar within their state. The MCEC believes CCSS are in the best interest of military-connected students as the standards provide predictability, continuity, and a stable learning environment for this highly mobile population.

MCEC Statement on Common Core Standards
Click here to download

Bill Gates: Commend Common Core

We need education reform and this is the best way to fix school for our kids.

Last month, Melinda and I published our foundation's annual letter, about myths that block progress for the poorest. We focus on myths about global issues, like the myth that foreign aid is a big waste, but when it comes to domestic issues we're in the grip of mythology, too. And these myths aren't just wrong; they're harmful, because they can lead people to fight against the best solutions to our biggest problems.

How Individual state education standards compare to the Common Core State Standards

Click this link for the 2010 study by Fordham Institute to see how your state matches up.


Education First provides excellent in-depth presentation
on Core Standards and College Readiness

A new report from Education First provides a close look at the Common Core State Standards and the tests aligned with them.
This material helps to better understand assessment changes and how the new standards and assessments are supporting student learning.

Click here to download the primer.

MCEC Applaud's North Carolina’s Commitment to Career & College Ready Standards
and is a co-signee to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce statement of support

Public and private leaders across the state agree that North Carolina’s career and college ready standards are integral to preparing all students for jobs in the modern economy. In mathematics and English/language arts, the Common Core State Standards represent the high, globally competitive standards that North Carolina students will need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.

Click here to read the press release.

See this video by Stand For Children on why we need Common
Core State Standards to ensure college & career readiness


Click here to download the PDF

DoDEA Support Helps to Implement the Mathematics Common Core State Standards


See this MCEC video on Common Core State Standards