CCSS-CTE Classroom Tasks

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As states and districts implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they will need to find ways to ensure the content is both rigorous and engaging for students, particularly in mathematics.

Picture from a desk with a calculator.

To help educators and education leaders address this challenge, Achieve and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) jointly piloted a process where educators evaluated, modified, and/or developed instructional tasks that demonstrate how Career Technical Education (CTE) content can be leveraged throughout high school mathematics. 

All of the tasks below were developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and CTE educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. They were developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning – and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Interested in replicating such an activity in your state, district, or school? See here for resources and tools to support your efforts!

Architecture/Pre-Design (Illinois)

Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes (Nebraska)

Health Sciences (New Jersey)

CCSS-CTE Task Alignment Packet (IL)

CCSS-CTE Task Ailgnment PPT (IL)

Brief: Integrating CCSS and CTE