In 2013, reDesign scanned the syllabi from a broad range of college freshman courses from some of the most competitive colleges and from some of the most open institutions. The scan revealed that across the country, college freshmen are assigned a remarkably similar set of assignments during their first year (argumentative essays, lab reports, research papers, informational essays, annotated texts with reflective summaries, and mathematical models). With this information in hand, reDesign has developed a set of guides to support teachers in their efforts to prepare students for the academic tasks they will face after high school. To explore this more deeply, check out the Performance Task section of the Design Lab.
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