Nearly every state has adopted new, more rigorous standards for college and career readiness over the past five years. But after many hours of professional development and revised observational protocols, is the rigor of the new standards reaching students? In a new report, The Education Trust responds with “not so much.”

In “Checking In: Do Classroom Assignments Reflect Today’s Higher Standards?” assignments analysis conducted by an Ed Trust team of content experts finds that middle grades assignments do not reflect the high-level goals set by new, more rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

Prepared for school district and education leaders, “Checking In” is the first in our Equity in Motion series, which will scrutinize how issues of equity are translating into the daily activities of schools and educators.


Sonja Brookins Santelises, vice president of K-12 policy and practice, The Education Trust.

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