Project History & Background
Queens Library was awarded a New York State Department of Labor grant to develop a TASC Transition Curriculum, as aligned to the Common Core State Standards – which provided a holistic, integrated approach for adult educational providers to help meet the needs of high school equivalency students transitioning into higher education or a career. The curriculum is comprised of a collection of teacher workshops and student lesson plans that provides students an experience that is robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need to pass the new TASC exam and for success in college and careers.
Specifically, this project created a TASC Transition Curriculum focusing on the strategies for developing Common Core skills needed by the ESOL, ABE, and pre-HSE student populations to successfully pass the TASC exam. Various curriculum consultants were tasked to develop the curriculum in collaboration with the Library’s in-house experts: subject-area experts in Reading/Writing, Social Studies, Math, and Science, and, an e-content specialist and IT analyst. The project team developed and organized content around four five learning modules and 15 workshops that included recommended textbooks, instructional materials, and model lesson plans, and formative assessment items. Each module comprises of three corresponding “workshops” described in detail below. Digital technology were infused into all workshop activities.