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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. illustrativemathematics Illustrated Standards Count to 100 by ones and by tens. (see illustrations) Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1). (see illustrations)

In the States Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the Common Core State Standards. The map below provides information about the process each state or territory followed to adopt their academic standards. Please note that states routinely review their academic standards and may choose to change or add onto the standards to best meet the needs of their students. 50 Important Links for Common Core Educators Educators across the nation are working hard this summer to begin developing updated curricula that will fit into the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully applied in 45 U.S. states (Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota have opted out of statewide participation) by 2015. Yet despite the hubbub about the new standards, which were created as a means of better equipping students with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the modern world, many teachers still have a lot of unanswered questions about what Common Core will mean for them, their students, and their schools. Luckily, the Internet abounds with helpful resources that can explain the intricacies of Common Core, offer resources for curriculum development, and even let teachers keep up with the latest news on the subject. We’ve collected just a few of those great resources here, which are essential reads for any K-12 educator in a Common Core-adopting state. Groups and Organizations Useful Resources

The Standards 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: 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.

Parents' Guide to Student Success - For Parents - National PTA The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted. Created for grades K-8 high school English language arts/literacy and mathematics the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. Parent Guides Parents' Guide to Success BookletTwo-page Parents' Guides (Color)Four-page Parents' Guides (BW)Four-page Parents' Guides (Color)Parents’ Guides to Student Success—Frequently Asked QuestionsState Education Agencies The guides include:

Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond Background The Foundation wants to contribute to the advancement of teaching excellence in Swedish schools. For that purpose we envision a long term program that provides devoted teachers challenging, inspiring and advanced teaching experiences and studies overseas. The ”Pilot 2014” made it possible for 6 teachers to participate in the “Stanford Summer Teachers Institute” at Stanford University in California US during one week in combination with talks and presentations from Stanford Faculty, participate in other Stanford Summer activities and visit other schools and laboratories.

A Focus on Fractions: Bringing Research to the Classroom, 2nd Edition (Paperback) About the Book A Focus on Fractions is a groundbreaking effort to make the mathematics education research on how students develop their understanding of fraction concepts readily accessible and understandable to pre- and in-service K– 8 mathematics educators. Using extensive annotated samples of student work, as well as vignettes characteristic of classroom teachers’ experiences, this book equips educators with the knowledge and tools to revealstudents’ thinking so that they can modify their teaching and improve student learning of fraction concepts.

How to Learn Math: For Students How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. How to combine maths and poetry in your class Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence places responsibility for promoting the development of numeracy skills on all classroom teachers, rather than leaving such nefarious wizardry solely to the maths department. This is an admirable aim but at first glance causes mild panic for us artsy fartsy teachers of English. I've heard some say that numeracy skills can be boosted in the English classroom simply by directing pupils towards a particular page number in a novel, but I can't say I agree. Certainly, there seem to be fewer opportunities to build numeracy skills in English than in, say, science or computing classes.

MURDEROUS MATHS: The most pathetic and useless facts... The 8th MM book is full of P.U.F.s (Perfectly Useless Facts) so before it was published we asked everyone to vote for the most pathetic, irritating and useless fact in maths! ☺ Many thanks to the thousands of you who voted, and you'll find the full results of our poll in "NUMBERS: the Key to the Universe". Here are the facts - which one would YOU choose as the most pathetic? (Check your answer with our result at the end of the list.) If you multiply 1089 x 9 you get 9801.

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