My first take is that the draft is good work:
- The expectations are stated clearly and briefly.
- The language arts portion calls for reading work I remember as hard work in high school and writing capacities I use in every day of my own work.
- The mathematics portion is heavy on algebra and heavy on working out how to use the equations to get things done.
- The examples of reading and mathematics tasks strike me as especially helpful for understanding the level of work students will be expected to do.
Finally, here's something intriguing: the language arts includes listening and speaking, which implies that the designers think there are reasonable ways to measure those capacities. Remembering that ACT, Inc., and the College Board dominated the drafting groups, I'm intrigued. Are they seriously preparing to offer assessments of oral and aural capacities?
Stay tuned for future drafts, debates, and developments!