Smarter Balanced Assessments The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. Smarter Balanced assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. Assessment System Components Mathematics Guidelines
Progressions Documents for CCSS-M 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. It is important to produce up-to-date versions of the progressions documents. This project is organizing the writing of final versions of the progressions documents for the K–12 Common Core State Standards. Richard Askey (reviewer) Sybilla Beckmann (writer) Douglas Clements (writer) Phil Daro (co-chair) Skip Fennell (reviewer) Brad Findell (writer) Karen Fuson (writer) Roger Howe (writer) Cathy Kessel (editor) William McCallum (chair) Bernie Madison (writer) Dick Scheaffer (writer) Denise Spangler (reviewer) Hung-Hsi Wu (writer) Jason Zimba (co-chair)
New Common Core and Essential Standards Align Teaching and Learning to Career and College Readiness As North Carolina public school students return to school for the 2012-13 year, teachers are preparing new lessons and new teaching strategies to match new teaching and learning standards in every grade and every subject. This is the first time that North Carolina has implemented a completely revised Standard Course of Study in all areas and grades at once. North Carolina teachers and students in kindergarten through 12th grade will follow Common Core state standards in mathematics and language arts. In other subjects, the state's own revised Essential Standards will be their guide. All of the new standards are available online at the K-12 Curriculum and Instruction/NC Standard Course of Study website. Work on North Carolina's totally revamped Standard Course of Study began in 2008, and thousands of teachers, curriculum experts and subject experts have been involved as the state developed its own Essential Standards and adopted the Common Core. The mathematics Common Core is all about:
CCSS & English Language Learners Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards Many states have begun the process of developing or adapting English Language Proficiency(ELP) standards to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the forthcoming NextGeneration Science Standards (NGSS). This need stems not only from a desire to ensure that all students receive the rigorous and systematic education they need to graduate from high school ascollege and career ready, but also because states must have ELP standards aligned to college and career readiness standards as a requirement to receive an Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA) waiver. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has coordinated the development of a framework to assist states with this work.
9 Ways the CC Will Change Classroom Practice Harvard Education Letter Volume 28, Number 4July/August 2012 By ROBERT ROTHMAN Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice, continued Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. Those teachers might want to take a closer look. In Mathematics 1. This is an excerpt from the Harvard Education Letter.
Parents' Guide to the CCSS Currently, each state has a separate set of education standards, lists of skills that students are expected to do by the time they graduate each grade. However, in response to concerns about American student achievement and just how prepared students are for college and careers, education leaders in 48 states, along with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), have written a set of standards for student across the U.S. The common core state standards were released in 2010. The Common Core Standards are State-Driven The common core state standards are a set of learning skills that all American students should achieve, not a federal curriculum. The Standards are a Progression In general, standards set a progression of skills that students learn as they move through school. Students will Delve Deeper into Core Concepts The Reading Standards will Get More Difficult Focus on Informational Text Assessments Will Change Focus on Practical Skills
Common Core. ORG Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning. The standards are: Research and evidence basedClear, understandable, and consistentAligned with college and career expectationsBased on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skillsBuilt upon the strengths and lessons of current state standardsInformed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy. For grades K-8, grade-by-grade standards exist in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.