Webb's Depth of Knowledge Rigor. Text Complexity. Difficulty. What do these words all mean in the world of thinking? PARCC Task Prototypes and New Sample Items for ELA/literacy New! Try out sample test questions in their intended environment. The primary purpose of sharing samples of PARCC items is to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the PARCC tests. The samples presented here are designed to shine a light on important elements of the CCSS and to show how critical content in the standards may appear in PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments. Samples can be found by clicking on each grade level on the left menu.
HELP!! PARCC Testing Acronyms: EBSR/TECR A timely question by Darren Burris sparked my realization that many don’t know how PARCC is going to assess students. My virtual educational colleague, Darren Burris, recently inquired about PARCC’s growing list of acronyms. Specifically, Darren wanted to know more about the EBSR or Evidence-Based Selected-Response, a multiple choice item designed by PARCC to assess not only the accuracy of test-takers reading responses but also the evidence they used to draw those conclusions. As you can see from the screen shot, Darren’s tweet that was followed up by others asking what EBSR meant. I replied to Darren’s question through a series of tweets, but both his inquiry and the interested spike among other Twitter peeps made me realize that many are not yet knowledgeable much less comfortable with the format of the new assessment.
The Fabric of the Cosmos with Brian Greene: Watch the Complete NOVA Series Online Forget about inclined planes and pulleys. In this series from the PBS program NOVA, physics is presented as an exotic, mind-bending realm. The Fabric of the Cosmos, first broadcast in November, follows up on the 2003 Peabody Award-winning The Elegant Universe. Both series are adapted from the best-selling books of host Brian Greene, a mathematician and physicist at Columbia University. Like the earlier series, which was centered around String Theory, The Fabric of the Cosmos deals with ideas that are on the cutting edge of scientific theory. “This is a report from the frontier of cosmic thought,” wrote Dennis Overbye last November in The New York Times, “as fresh as last month’s Nobel Prizes, uncompromising in its intellectual ambitions and discerning in its choice of compelling scientific issues.
Depth of Knowledge in the 21st Century To begin the day, Jim steps into a math class taught by Lori, a relatively new arrival. Her students are quietly poring over their worksheets. There is no talking. They have few questions. Common Core Support Tools Below you will find unpacking standards documents to support teachers in their understanding of the common core and essential standards. The unpacking documents demonstrate at a granular level the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at a particular grade. Important Note: The current Standard Course of Study will continue to be taught and tested during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders Why are some kids crying when they do homework these days? Here’s why, from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris has for more than a year chronicled on this blog the many problems with the test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores.
Stephen Hawking at 70: still the brightest star in the scientific universe Professor of mathematics and astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London. Stephen Hawking's PhD student 1972-75 Stephen's discovery in 1974 that black holes emit thermal radiation due to quantum effects was one of the most important results in 20th-century physics. This is because it unified three previously disparate areas of physics – quantum theory, general relativity and thermodynamics. Like all such unifying ideas, it is so beautiful that it almost has to be true, even though it has still not been experimentally confirmed.
Tech and DOK Most educators are more familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy than with Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Blooms Taxonomy In 1965 Benjamin Bloom identified three types of learning: cognative (mental skills/knowledge), affective (emotional/attitudes) <could be “habits of mind”>, and psychomotor (manual/physical skills) Within the cognative area, there are six progressive categories in the development of intellectual skills. Each step must be mastered before the next can occur. (Note the levels listed below do not reflect the 1990’s revision of the taxonomy)
Common Core Checklists Our common core standards checklists are just what you need to help you keep track of the standards taught in your classroom. Use these to make sure you are addressing all that you need to teach throughout the course of the school year. Keep track of when you have introduced, retaught and assessed each indicator. The most important parts of the common core are the anchor standards that carry through from kindergarten to high school. These have been included with each language arts checklist so that you don’t lose sight of your essential goals for teaching and learning. ***Please keep in mind that this checklist is more to be used as a system of checks and balances in your teaching for the year and not so much a “check off” sheet for these indicators to be checked and thought of as “done”.
PARCC Releases Additional Sample Items and Looks for Educator Feedback On November 6, 2013, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) common assessment consortium released a second set of sample items, providing a window into the field test to be given in Spring 2014 and the assessments’ full roll out in the 2014–15 school year. This release marked yet another milestone in the long journey to develop high-quality tasks that educators in the field would find useful for themselves and their students. Last year, PARCC released a set of item prototypes that received positive feedback from the field. Although these prototypes were aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they were still a “best guess” at what types of items would be on the tests—ranging from technology enhanced, quick response items to longer performance-based tasks that would measure multiple standards and fully capture student learning.
The amazing video that shows 14 billion years of the universe evolving in just 78 seconds Dramatic simulation could shed new light on the way the universe was formedResearchers hope to expand the simulation to become the largest in history By Mark Prigg Published: 18:54 GMT, 29 August 2012 | Updated: 09:30 GMT, 30 August 2012 Astrophysicists have created the most realistic computer simulation of the universe's evolution to date, tracking activity from the Big Bang to now -- a time span of around 14 billion years -- in high resolution. And astonishingly, they have condensed it down to just 78 seconds.
Updated Kindergarten Teacher Checklists Presented with the CCSS AND I Can by Jill & Cathy on August 19, 2014 Here are the updated kindergarten CCSS checklists some of you have been asking for! Our common core standards checklists are just what you need to help you keep track of the standards taught in your classroom. Use these to make sure you are addressing all that you need to teach throughout the course of the school year. Keep track of when you have introduced, retaught and assessed each indicator.
Common Core Resources for Grades 6-12 Math Teachers September 11, 2013 by jchirles As we are moving to the new standards, we may require some new materials. It can be overwhelming trying to find something “good”. I have made a list of sites that may be helpful, and posted them below. As I find specific items, I’ll post those separately.