The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education are a subset of the national Common Core State Standards. Common abbreviations include CCRS, CCRSAE, and "the Standards"; at ACLS / SABES we previously used the term "CCR Standards." In alignment with the ACLS policy as of June 2017, we will use the acronym CCRSAE. 

Below are resources related specifically to understanding the CCRSAE, pulled from across the SABES PD Centers. We will periodically add to and update these resources.

This page has grown out of our work with the Standards in Action project, in which we "delved into the instructional and institutional implications of CCR standards" and adapted K-12 tools to effectively implement the standards in adult education classrooms.

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Introductory Videos on Aspects of the CCRSAE and the Key Instructional Shifts

These brief (20-minute) videos are a great way to begin and to refresh your knowledge of the CCRSAE and ESOL Frameworks.


Massachusetts Frameworks for Adult Basic Education

  • Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) page of links for standards and frameworks, including the Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework, Life Science Strand (2013), the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages (2005), and the Revised Reading Strand from the ELA Framework (2010).
  • The Revised Reading Strand can also be accessed here.

What Are the Instructional Shifts?

Additional Tools

Websites and Articles

NOTE: Most relate to the K-12 Common Core State Standards and must be adapted for Adult Education

  • Article by David and Meredith Liben: "The Common Core Standards: Starting Now," December 2012/January 2013 ("You have little money and hardly any time. What can you do to move your school or district forward in implementing the Common Core State Standards? ... In this article, we share strategies and resources related to English language arts and literacy standards.")
  • Article by Susan Pimental: "The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom," December 11, 2012, updated February 10, 2013
  • Article by Donna Curry: "Developing Instructional Units: Applying What Students Learn," Fall 2015 ("Explore two methods of building standards-based instructional units that are contextualized so that students process new knowledge by making sense of it and applying it.")
  • Achieve the Core ("Free, ready-to-use classroom resources from Student Achievement Partners, designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core and other college and career ready standards"; NOTE that most Standards in Action tools are ABE-friendly adaptations of Achieve the Core materials.)
  • Teaching the Core ("Classroom videos and associated lesson materials from Student Achievement Partners, to help K-12 educators implement the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards")
  • Engage NY High School Equivalency Curriculum Framework ("Integrates the CCRSAE and provides guidance for teaching content and skills to HSE students in ELA/Social Studies, Science and Math")
  • Achievement Network ("By internalizing the standards through study, reflection, and doing the work we’re asking our students to do, we get better at translating goals into powerful classroom teaching.")
  • Kentucky Adult Education (resources for standards-based instruction, adapted from the CCRSIA materials)

Professional Development and Technical Assistance from the SABES PD Centers for Math, ELA, and ESOL

While all of our offerings relate in some way to the CCRSAE, some are specifically about understanding the standards. We also have Coaches who will work directly with programs.  Contact the relevant content center's director to ask about the best way to proceed:

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