Standards-based teaching refers to an approach to curriculum and instruction that is centered on learning standards. The learning standards used for ABE in Massachusetts are the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (Pimentel, 2013). You will often see these standards referred to as the CCRSAE.

This page is a portal to tools and resources related to the CCRSAE for ELA/Literacy. It 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.

The Standards

Professional Development

While all ELA PD incorporates the CCRSAE, The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA is a strong foundation and refresher. Online, asynchronous, and self-paced, it is offered at least three times a year. Check upcoming ELA PD to see when you can next participate.

Helpful Information

Tools & Resources

CCRSAE resources from other states (most relate to the K-12 Common Core State Standards and must be adapted for Adult Education)

  • 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.)
  • 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.")
  • 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")
  • 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")
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