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Smarter Balanced Assessments

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

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Bootstrap: Materials Curriculum and Software Bootstrap:1 applies mathematical concepts and rigorous programming principles to creating a simple vidoegame, and is aligned to Common Core Standards for Mathematics -- including the new standards for Mathematical Practice! Bootstrap:2 goes deeper into programming, building events and data structures on top of the foundation laid by Bootstrap:1 and allowing students to build far more sophisticated programs. We've listed the breakdown of concepts in the table below, so you can find the best fit for your class. Student Engagement Student EngagementCognitive Engagement NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric Learn more about it!

Wiggins on transfer and how it relates to testing There is some understandable confusion about the goal of transfer. When we say we want students to be able to “transfer” their learning, there are two possible meanings to our aim. We might mean that transfer involves a high-level ability that is thus somehow different content from low-level content.

5 Things Every Math Teacher Should Consider When Implementing the Common Core Standards 5 Things Every Math Teacher Should Consider When Implementing the Common Core Standards After careful consideration we came up with the following top five issues to be mindful of as we begin to implement the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. 1. Combine content and practice.

Common Core - South Carolina Department of Education Common Core State Standards The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and for Mathematics were adopted by South Carolina as its standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics in July of 2010. The standards will be fully implemented in school year 2014-15 as outlined in the following table: School Year Implementation Plan 2011-12 Transition Year 2012-13 Transition Year 2013-14 Bridge Year (CCSS will be used for instructional purposes during this school year.) 2014-15 Full Implementation Common Core State Standards for ELA Training Workshops for Teachers - Educator Evaluation The training workshops for teachers include an orientation and three workshop sessions designed to prepare teachers and other educators to be active participants in their evaluation. ESE is developing the training workshops for teachers in partnership with Massachusetts teachers. Districts (through their schools) can use a variety of settings to deliver these workshops, each of which is are designed to be led by a department head or grade/team lead in a small group setting, such as common planning time. Some, however, may want to deliver the sessions to a school's full faculty.

Sample Items and Performance Tasks Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos When you're trying to teach people how to do something new on their computers having screencast videos or annotated screen capture images can be invaluable to you and the people you're trying to help. Here are some free tools that you can use to create screen capture videos and images. Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. The free program, called Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac. With Snaplr installed you can capture all or part of your screen. Snaplr's annotation tools include text boxes, highlighting, and free-hand drawing tools.

Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures The placement of the appendages on these sculptures is critical to the success of the animation effect. The positions are based on a specific phyllotaxy (i.e. leaf order) used by nature in a number of botanical forms, including pinecones, pineapples, sunflowers, artichokes, palm trees, and many succulents. The photo above shows just such a succulent. I have numbered the leaves from youngest to oldest. If you follow the numbers in sequence you will find that each leaf is approximately 137.5º around the core from the previous leaf. 137.5º is a very special angle, called the golden angle, based on the golden ratio. When that angle is used by nature as a growth strategy it leads to the formation of spiral patterns.

achievementfirst Contextualization There are two primary criteria that make up Contextualization: FRAMING: The framing criterion is the broader umbrella within contextualization. 10 Free Tools for Everyday Research - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - @soxnevad Why do so many students choose Wikipedia when asked to find information on the Internet? I believe the answer is that Wikipedia is like the McDonalds of the Internet, you can always find it and you know what you’re going to get. Quite frankly, I like Wikipedia because it provides students with a starting point for research and I am particularly fond of the way I’ve seen so many students develop their own method of research by using the links at the bottom to find more information. As educators we are faced with the challenge of teaching students to efficiently use the Internet to find and use information. Searching for information and making sense of it is a process that involves critical thinking and it is an important skill.

Mathematics K-5 · CCGPS Mathematics Grades K-5 · CCGPS Mathematics Glossary Third grade teachers working on unit revisions at GaDOE (June 2013) 2013-2014 CCGPS Mathematics Unit Frameworks Teacher and Student Editions of the 2013-2014 CCGPS Mathematics Unit Frameworks were posted on July 1, 2013, to GeorgiaStandards.Org and Learning Village.

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