What Parents Need to Know about Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards

I am an Alabama Parent

What does Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards mean for my child?

Raising the bar and expecting more is hard work, particularly for students and teachers. New standards mean new ways of teaching and learning, and ultimately harder tests. To stay the course with higher standards and expectations, Alabamians need to be more vocal about better-preparing students for the future.

What does this mean for my child?

With the CCRS, Alabama students are relying less on memorization and filling out worksheets. Instead, they focus on critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will benefit them long after they finish their academic career. 

You may have noticed a change in your child’s homework. It is likely that the homework your child is bringing home may be more challenging, if not somewhat unfamiliar. This is not going to be true across the board.

The assignments your child is bringing home are selected and assigned by your child’s specific teachers.
Many school systems are offering parent nights to better explain what your child is learning. Please ask your   school administrators if a parent learning class is being offered in near you.

Why was this change necessary?

Our state’s academic standards have not kept up with the changes in technology and the real-life skills students need to be successful. As a result:

One in every 3 Alabama students that graduate and attend a 2- or 4-year college in Alabama requires remediation – in other words, they must pay for classes that they should’ve mastered in high school, and those classes do not count toward graduation. What a waste of time and money!

One in every 3 Alabama students that took the ACT did not reach ANY of the four benchmarks (English, Math, Reading and Science) required for college entry.