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Indiana Commission for Higher Education



Core to College promotes strong collaboration and alignment between Indiana’s higher education institutions and K-12 schools. The Core to College initiative focuses on increasing college-readiness among students through the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and corresponding PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment. 

Indiana’s Core to College initiative drives targeted activities to develop K-12 school and postsecondary institution alignment on:

  • the definition of college-readiness;
  • use of Common Core State Standard assessments as a determinant of a student’s readiness for credit-bearing course enrollments; and
  • academic alignment across the K-12 and higher education sectors.

Core to College is directed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and administered by the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL). The project is funded nationally by Lumina Foundation, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors – Core to College
Education First

Engaging Higher Education in Ensuring College Readiness - April 12, 2012 agenda
Core to College PowerPoint - April 12, 2012
IDOE Common Core State Standards PowerPoint - April 12, 2012
PARCC PowerPoint - April 12, 2012

News Coverage
Indiana forms regional partnerships to improve college readiness - October 10, 2012
'Core to College' Initiative Comes to Indiana – April 3, 2012
Indiana receives national grant to improve college readiness, student success – January 13, 2012
Ten States Receive Grants to Help Prepare Students for College – December 19, 2011

Common Core State Standards
Resources for Implementing the Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards Initiative

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
PARCC Online

IN LLLC Grant Application Information
Indiana Core to College Local Level Leadership Cadre Grant Application
Questions and Answers for the IN Local Level Leadership Grant Application - August 10, 2012

Public Review of PARCC draft policies:
Memo to Postsecondary Institutions in Indiana
PowerPoint for Postsecondary Institutions in Indiana
PARCC College Ready Determination and Performance Level Descriptors Draft Policy
FAQ for CCRD and PLD
PARCC CCRD Policy and PLDs

For more information, please contact:
Trish Wlodarczyk
Core to College Alignment Director