Core to College

Core to College aims to foster alignment and collaboration between K-12 and higher ed to improve readiness for college and career, and increase the number of students who continue on to postsecondary education. Hawai‘i is one of twelve states to receive the Core to College grant which is funded by the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Project goals include:

  1. A statewide definition of college, career, and community readiness.
  2. Increased alignment between K-12 and postsecondary institutions based on the more rigorous content and practices of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  3. Higher education engagement in the development of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, and in determining options for using assessment results as a tool for placement into college-level, credit-bearing courses.


To help achieve these outcomes, Hawai‘i P-20 coordinates a variety of activities including:

  1. Convening alignment summits, workshops, and meetings joining K-12 and higher education faculty and administrators in conversations around the CCSS, the Smarter Balanced Assessments, and alignment of expectations and curricula.
  2. Engaging multiple stakeholders to create a statewide definition of college, career, and community readiness.
  3. Providing funds to support regional alignment projects between K-12 and higher education partners.


College, Career and Community Readiness Definition click here

For Core to College News and Events click here.

For Core to College Resources click here.

For further information about Core to College, contact Dan Doerger, Core to College Alignment Director at
ddoerger@hawaii.edu.

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