Education reformers have adopted "Would you believe...?" tactics and strategies from the Mawell Smart play book to "sell" the academic benefits of the Common Core State Standards and the efficacy of standardized assessments that are aligned to them.
When it comes to ensuring that students will be "ready" for college and careers, the PARCC web site confidently explains...
"The PARCC CCR Determinations in ELA/literacy and mathematics describe the academic knowledge, skills, and practices in English language arts/literacy and mathematics students must demonstrate to show they are able to enter directly into and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing courses and relevant technical courses in those content areas at two- and four-year public institutions of higher education.
The CCR Determination will provide policymakers, educators, parents, and students with a clear signal about the level of academic preparation needed for success in these postsecondary courses. It will provide a strong indicator of college and career readiness that can be used to set performance goals at any level and show progress towards those goals.