Findings from a 2012 ACT National Curriculum survey show that 89% of high school teachers believe students to be “well” or “very well” prepared for college-level work. In contrast, the survey showed that 26% of college instructors agree with this assessment.
Bottom line: A majority of college instructors feel that students need to be better prepared to tackle higher-ed assignments.
Common Core Standards, a widely-adopted curriculum, “… are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” (corestandards.org) Common Core represents a shift in focus from “what” students learn to “how” students learn—by promoting critical thinking, problem solving and information literacy skills. To date, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have adopted the rigorous standards.
This school year presents new challenges for curriculum department heads and teachers who are scrambling to update and upgrade lesson plans and find resources to support these new standards. School librarians and media specialists with access to ProQuest SIRS® Issues Researcher are poised to provide the tools teachers need.
One teacher tool, created exclusively by the ProQuest staff, is the SIRS Common Core Guide: Writing Arguments. This 6-step writing guide correlates SIRS content, features and tools to eight Common Core Standards (under the category of writing logical arguments to support claims).
Since its release, this student-friendly guide has already aided librarians in demonstrating how online resource subscriptions directly address the Common Core Standards, helped teachers who are in search of scaffolded materials, and guided students with ease through the research process.
For more information about how ProQuest’s suite of early learning products supports Common Core Standard implementation, visit our site.