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Colleges Not Ready for ‘College Ready’ Common Core

The higher education community doesn’t even agree on a definition of “college ready” — except to acknowledge that it likely means something different at Stanford than it does at Pellissippi State Community College.

A few university systems are slowly embracing the Common Core as a universal standard of college readiness. State systems in California and Washington, for instance, plan to use students’ scores on new Common Core assessments to guide their placements in classes when they get to college. Colorado and Ohio are moving toward similar steps. And several states, including Hawaii and Massachusetts, are working to align introductory college English and math courses with the standards to ease students’ transition.

But far more systems are holding back.