Now that the Common Core State Standards are coming to just about every school, what every school leader needs is a straightforward explanation that lays out the benefits of the common core in plain English and gets everyone thinking about how to transition to this promising new paradigm. In this webinar, John Kendall, author of Understanding Common Core State Standards, gave an overview of the new standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, highlighting their key aspects. He also suggested transition activities for teachers and districts to consider, including Creating a Crosswalk, which compares the content of the common core with your current standards. Developing transition documents that support deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards by using current standards as a bridge. Taking the longer view of implementing the common core systemically.
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ASCD Director of Public Policy David Griffith shares in-depth information about the various effects the adoption of the Common Core State Standards have had on education policy from the Department of Education down to the school district level. Using his insight from the field, Common Core State Standards Lead Strategist Efrain Mercado shares common hurdles and questions associated with implementing the new standards.
The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. These documents were spliced together and then sliced into grade level standards. From that point on the work focused on refining and revising the grade level standards. The early drafts of the progressions documents no longer correspond to the current state of the standards.
Too often, high standards and a whole child approach are seen as opposite ends of the education spectrum. In this webinar, Molly McCloskey debunks the myth of standards versus support and shares the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and a school improvement approach that ensures each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Going beyond the silos of too many school reform efforts, this webinar will explore integration, collaboration, and comprehensive framing rooted in high expectations for student and staff achievement.
Discover the kinds of formative and summative classroom assessments that best coordinate with the new generation of testing consortia for the Common Core State Standards. Participants will take a close look at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and discover how to create classroom assessments that form a balanced system that supports student learning and aligns to the Common Core State Standards. In addition, Brookhart will overview SBAC and PARCC assessments. Identify assessments shifts. Share the implications of the Common Core for school-based formative and summative assessments.
Developed by one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards, the seven criteria for resources outlined in this document should guide development of curriculum modules and accompanying materials. Seven criteria are: Promote Effectiveness, Quality Materials, Develop Mathematical Practices, Balance of Approach, Capacity-building, Content Alignment, Comprehensiveness.
How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their predecessors? What do they emphasize? What are logical focus points for early implementation? The English and language arts standards depart radically from their predecessors with their insistence on text complexity and close reading skills.
This session, presented by David Liben from Student Achievement Partners, offered a look at various aspects of text complexity: how it is defined by the standards, as well as a range of measurement tools—including some newly developed and tested by the Race to the Text project—and how to use the tools for professional development. The focus on text complexity, close reading, and informational text has clear education implications as well. The presenter will examine some strategic focus areas for literacy instruction and explore ideas for bringing all constituencies to a fuller understanding of the Common Core standards and the features that make text complex.
This is a presentation of the five principles upon which the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics are built, the first of which is that upon meeting these standards, students are college-and-career ready. This video discusses the process under which the Common Core standards were developed.
During this session, participants will learn about the overarching priorities of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy. Alberti will discuss the major instructional shifts required by the standards, including the evidence behind the shifts. These same shifts will be represented in both consortia assessments. Additionally, Alberti will present a few recommendations regarding how to introduce changes in a thoughtful, concrete way to prepare both teachers and students for full implementation of the standards.
The Common Core State Standards are the result of a collaborative effort of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association for Best Practices to ensure that the nation's students will be ready to be productive and successful in college and the global workplace.
The purpose of the CCSS Mathematics Curriculum Analysis Project is to provide a set of tools that will assist K-12 textbook adoption committees, school administrators, and K-12 teachers in selecting mathematics curriculum materials that support implementation of the newly developed CCSSM. The tools are designed to provide educators with objective measures and information to guide their selection of mathematics curriculum materials based on evidence of the materialsŰŞ alignment with the CCSSM and support for implementation of the CCSSM in classrooms.
These pages include NCSM developed materials and resources, work undertaken in collaboration with other organizations, and participating in conferences and other initiatives that promote shared understanding of the CCSS.
This paper points out three different ways that language is involved in the standards: language requirements in the content standards, English language arts standards, and language-convention-specific standards. It calls for a thoughtful integration of these three dimensions.The authors also frame language in the context of the Common Core, focusing on what students can accomplish using language rather than on whether or how students use specific language features. This broader definition encourages the development of cognitive, linguistic, and affective strengths in ELLs and gives students the opportunity to take valuable actions toward academic success.
To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply alignment of two ambitious reforms - teacher evaluation and the Common Core - to integrate them into a system-level whole. The authors describe the linkages between implementation of Common Core and teacher effectiveness policies and offers practical suggestions to state leaders on how to ensure teachers are using strategies that engage students in learning at high levels.
This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books published for older children and teens that can be used for the text complexity component of the CCS in grades 6-12.* All of the books have been selected based on their literary quality and other components of qualitative evaluation. Many of the books offer sophisticated narrative structures and other characteristics factored into quantitative evaluation. And the list as a whole offers a wide variety of books reflecting diversity of subject matter and style, allowing for a range of choices in matching reader to text and task.
This paper makes recommendations for developing mathematics instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The recommendations can guide teachers, curriculum developers, and teacher educators as they develop their own ways of supporting mathematical reasoning and sense-making for ELLs.Some instructional recommendations discussed in the paper include: Focus on ELL students' mathematical reasoning, not the correctness of their mathematical language use. Shift to a focus on mathematical discourse practices; move away from simplified views of language. Support ELL students as they engage in complex mathematical language. Use ELL students' language and experiences as resources. Provide professional development to enhance teachers' awareness of ways to support ELs as they develop both language and mathematical knowledge.
Thorough explanation of the how and why of text-dependent questions for close, analytic reading. Includes examples.
The Common Core State Standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read. Indeed, eighty to ninety percent of the Reading Standards in each grade require text dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text dependent questions.
As the name suggests, a text dependent question specifically asks a question that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text being read. It does not rely on any particular background information extraneous to the text nor depend on students having other experiences or knowledge; instead it privileges the text itself and what students can extract from what is before them.
The authors discuss the challenges of assessing English Language Proficiency (ELP) in ways that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and then make recommendations for developers of the next generation ELP assessments.They identify challenges around three sets of related issues: Identifying language knowledge and skills in the CCSS. Defining alignment in the context of ELP assessments. Articulating a new ELP standards framework that can guide states in their development of next generation ELP standards and assessments.
This paper opens a larger conversation about what must be done to realize opportunities presented by the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and the literacy standards in other subject areas. It emphasizes the simultaneous challenges and opportunities for ELLs.The paper emphasizes that texts are approached differently for different purposes. Students need opportunities to approach texts with these varied purposes in mind. It also highlights how ELLs may be well served by opportunities to explore and justify their own textual hypotheses, even if their initial interpretations diverge from those of the teacher.
This module provides participants with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for Math. Depending on the activities selected, this module could support up to four hours of Math PD.