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Common Core Implementation – F...
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Setting Higher Standards for V...
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7 Challenges facing Common Core

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In “Common Core Implementation – Current Themes and Future Challenges,” Hanover Research's Blair Milam, Managing Director, and Heather Popielski, Content Director discuss the present changes associated with the new state standards, as well as the changes that need to be made moving forward. Vast changes in professional development, classroom resources and new stakeholder messaging will need to be made to successfully implement the new standards. Since the initial cohort of 45 states adopted Common Core State Standards, four more have dropped, leaving 41 states that are actively planning to implement the standards into their curriculum. In order to adapt to the changes that are coming, states need to define which resources are aligned with Common Core, promote open sourced educational resources; differentiate non-open source resources; and facilitate lesson-sharing. Lastly, there needs to be a broadly accepted new way to interpret the assessment outcomes and states need to set higher standards for vendors. Educators will need support in non-tested subject areas like science and social studies.

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  • Source: “The Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the CCSS.” Achieve the Core. http://achievethecore.org/page/285/materials-alignment-toolkit
  • Source: Pipkin, C. “A Glimpse into the Future of Common Core.” School Improvement Network. http://www.schoolimprovement.com/common-core-360/blog/a-glimpse-into-the-future-of-the-common-core/
  • Sources: “Foundation for Success.” TCI. http://www.teachtci.com/social-studies-teaching-strategies.html
  • Sources: [1] “Common Core Phase II Trainings – Non-Tested Subjects.” Center for Student Achievement. http://www.centerforstudentachievement.org/uploads/2/0/7/4/20740134/non-tested_subjects_common_core_phase_ii_trainings_v4.pdf

    [2] “Common Core for Non-Tested Subjects.” Missouri Arts Council. https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/graphics/assets/documents/3e00b2985df4.pdf

    [3] “Common Core State Standards – Literacy in History/Social Studies.” Oregon Department of Education. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3350
  • 7 Challenges facing Common Core

    1. 1. © Copyright 2014 Hanover Research www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges
    2. 2. 2 CURRENT THEMES
    3. 3. 3 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Common Core Implementation – Current Themes • Changes in Content • Changes in Delivery Professional Development • Curriculum Alignment Tools • Instructional Materials Classroom Resources • Communication ToolkitsStakeholder Messaging • Instructional MaterialsNon-Common Core States
    4. 4. 4 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Professional Development: Changes in Content There is a fair amount of content that professional development can cover: Curricular Shifts • Communication Toolkits Alignment Measures • Instructional Materials Instructional Shifts Standard Shifts Use of Instructional Technology Assessment Literacy Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States Source: Hanover Research: Best Practices in Common Core Implementation
    5. 5. 5 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Professional Development: Changes in Delivery Teachers are accessing a range of ways to get the professional development they need. This ranges from traditional workshops of varying length , professional development resources they can use in their own time , online resources , and they value PD in the form of collaboration with colleagues. Multiple Formats: In-person workshops, take-home guides, online resources • Communication Toolkits Ongoing Learning Opportunities • Instructional MaterialsTime for Collaboration Locally-designed Modules Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States
    6. 6. 6 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Classroom Resources: Curriculum Alignment Tools Educators need tools to assess Common Core alignment of instructional materials, including texts, classroom tasks, and assessments. • Communication Toolkits • Instructional Materials Example of an alignment tool, produced by Student Achievement Partners: Source: Student Achievement Partners Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States
    7. 7. 7 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Classroom Resources Changes in instructional materials are needed to support the critical thinking expected in the Common Core. Interactive Tasks • Communication Toolkits Tools to Differentiate Instruction Open-source Resources More Non-fiction Texts Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States
    8. 8. 8 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Stakeholder Messaging To help states, districts, and schools explain Common Core and, in particular, explain the potential drop in test scores, multiple organizations have produced communication tool kits around Common Core related issues. • Communication Toolkits • Instructional Materials Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States
    9. 9. 9 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Of note: Five states did not fully adopt the CCSS from the beginning. Initial Non-Common Core States: Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States (Note: Minnesota adopted the reading standards but not the math standards.)
    10. 10. 10 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Professional Development Classroom Resources Stakeholder Messaging Non-Common Core States Today: Nine states are not implementing the standard. Current Non-Common Core States: (Note: the Louisiana SEA chief is contesting the governor’s legal right to withdraw the state from the Common Core) The growing number of non-Common Core states is an issue because these states will also need resources related to their own standards. Some states, like Oklahoma and Texas, require that instructional materials used in the state are demonstrably distinct from Common Core, despite the fact that state standards and the CCSS will inevitably overlap. Essentially, there is a growing market for demonstrably non-Common Core materials.
    11. 11. 11 FUTURE CHALLENGES
    12. 12. 12 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Common Core Implementation – Future Challenges Promoting Open Source Educational Resources • Communication Toolkits Differentiating Non-open Source Educational Resources • Instructional Materials Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Assessment Outcomes Setting Higher Standards for Vendors Applying Common Core Non-tested Subjects
    13. 13. 13 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges 1. Teachers have somewhat greater access to free math tools than they do to ELA tools 2. Most free resources are not differentiated for different student groups, although organizations that focus on a specific student population already may produce resources tailored to that student group. 3. Organizations with existing local presence or partnerships reach more teachers 4. Although there isn’t a “watchdog” that monitors whether free tools are actually CCSS-aligned, many organizations are run by CCSS writers or have CCSS writers as consultants/material reviewers. HANOVER’S REVIEW OF OPEN-SOURCE TOOLS Teachers have access to a growing number of free online resources to support Common Core implementation. Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects
    14. 14. 14 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Many for-profit companies sell Common Core resources as well. Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects Unlike free resources, however, these sources rarely indicate that they were developed in conjunction with CCSS writers or higher education leaders. The resources sold by these companies vary, including curricular material, learning and assessment technology, professional development workshops/seminars, and a sales platform where teachers can sell to other teachers.
    15. 15. 15 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Facilitating Lesson-sharing William Schmidt* of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University recommends teachers use sites like Better Lesson and Share My Lesson to ensure their curriculum and instruction are Common Core aligned. Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects * http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/textbooks-and-math-standards-have-little-common Note: Better Lesson is partnered with the NEA and Share My Lesson is partnered with AFT.
    16. 16. www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Many districts will most likely need support with test score interpretation. 60% 46% 30% 26% Math Reading 2012 2013 Annual Assessment Proficiency Rates, New York City Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects Leaders have predicted that the first round of Common Core assessments will result in lower student proficiency rates; however, the decline may suggest to people who review the data, only superficially, that student achievement has declined and blame Common Core. For Common Core to succeed, educators need to be transparent and communicative– expectations are getting higher. In New York City, which implemented Common Core and administered Common Core- aligned tests ahead of the state, test scores declined substantially. Parents were obviously upset: a substantial portion of children that had been considered proficient in math and reading the year before were suddenly considered to be underperforming.
    17. 17. 17 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges 2.0 STANDARDS TCI’S Embedded Professional Development is an example of a PD video that would accompany the instructional/lesson material. Setting Higher Standards for Vendors Source: TCI Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects An EdWeek article* makes the case that Common Core will lead to better tech and higher expectations for vendors. The argument is that once all schools have broadband, hardware, etc., they may be able to get more creative with how they spend their technology money. As time goes on and the CCSS gets older, the market will get a better sense of what works and what doesn’t; weak, untested technologies that might be able to make their way into a district now will have a tougher time in the future. *http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/06/11/35ii-commoncore.h33.html
    18. 18. 18 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Setting Higher Standards for Vendors Source: 3D Systems 2.0 STANDARDS 3D System’s 3D printer, priced at $1,300, was reviewed as “kid-centric” by LA Times. Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects http://www.latimes.com/home/la-lh-3d-printers-set-to-build-on-interest-20131227-story.html
    19. 19. 19 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges Setting Higher Standards for Vendors Source: SmalLab Learning Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects 2.0 STANDARDS Embodied Cognition “Embodiment and Cognition. The working hypothesis in our lab is that human cognition is really embodied cognition. This means that cognitive processes are deeply rooted and come from the body’s interactions with its physical environment (Wilson, 2002). Multiple research areas now support the tenet that embodiment is an underpinning of cognition.” - M.C. Johnson-Glenberg
    20. 20. 20 www.hanoverresearch.com COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION: Current Themes and Future Challenges The focus on non-tested subjects is partially inspired by the current reading standards, which include literacy expectations pertaining to science and social studies texts. While these standards could be and are addressed in ELA classes, schools and states make extra time for literacy instruction by incorporating those standards into the science and social studies curriculum. Educators need support when incorporating literacy and numeracy instruction into subjects other than reading and mathematics, such as science and social studies. Applying Common Core to Non-tested Subjects Promoting Open Source Differentiating Non-open Source Facilitating Lesson-sharing Interpreting Outcomes Setting Higher Standards Applying to Non- tested Subjects The Common Core instructional shifts encourage greater differentiation and personalization. As math and reading classes make these advances in instructional practice, teachers in non-tested subjects will not be able to continue with the old ways. So, there is likely to be a growing need for Common Core-like instructional professional development for all teachers. Hanover Analysis on Instructional Shifts
    21. 21. Research Without Limits Blair Milam, Managing Director K-12 bmilam@hanoverresearch.com Heather Popielski, Content Director hpopielski@hanoverresearch.com Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both non- profit and for-profit organizations. Within the field of education, Hanover Research works with a diverse group of 600+ educational organizations, supporting their research, planning, and funding needs through quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, surveys, benchmarking, and grant proposal development. By operating on an affordable, fixed-fee model, we help K-12 organizations overcome challenges that impede their ability to close student achievement gaps, meet workforce demands, attract external funding, and report performance outcomes. To learn more about Hanover Research’s K-12 services and our unique model, please contact 202.559.0050 or e-mail info@hanoverresearch.com. www.hanoverresearch.com

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