Kentucky is one of seven states recently selected to participate in the College Readiness Partnership (CRP).

The CRP is a collaborative effort between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO). The partnership’s goal is to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English/language arts (ELA), with a focus on those issues at the intersection of K-12 and higher education systems. The state leadership teams are comprised of individuals representing the membership of each of the three partner organizations.

Other participating states include Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The CRP will work directly with the selected state leadership teams to achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify how the Common Core State Standards should be implemented in each participating state in order to actually improve college and career readiness for all students.
  • Define how leaders and faculty across K-12 and higher education need to work together to improve both teaching and learning in ways essential to achieving the goal of college- and career-readiness.
  • Delineate the specific steps that higher education and states must take together in order to make effective implementation a reality; in other words, to make college- and career-readiness expectations more transparent, to align curricula, to assess student performance more effectively, and to improve teacher preparation and professional development.

The CRP will compile effective practices and state models and will translate the experiences of the state leadership teams to create a policy and process road map for CCSS implementation. Together, the road map and the collection of best practices will serve to support and guide all states in their CCSS implementation efforts.

The work of the CRP is supported through grants from the Lumina and Hewlett Foundations.


Susan Chilcott, AASCU contact, (202) 478-4661

Kate Dando, CCSSO contact, (202) 336-7034

Charles Lenth, SHEEO contact, (303) 541-1601