Common core, common assessments, and education talent bringing everything together


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  • Visual picture OR conceptual framework for how we see our solutions and services from the perspective of students. Developed NOT as a linear process moving from left to rightIntegrated phases that we likely all have experienced through formal learningI’ll use a questioning approach to share how we see our solutions fitting into this framework:  
  • Achievement gap is the attention grabbing symptom of the problem of….Expectations gap perpetuates inequities
  • Administrators and state officials are growing concerned – Why?
  • PARCC suffering – FL drop out hurt Sept 23, 2013
  • Most Insiders fear that schools are lacking in the necessary devices and bandwidth to be able to meet the requirements of the consortia in time for administration in 2014/15.
  • Insiders think that the lack of bandwidth and devices pose a significant risk as schools prepare for implementation.
  • Teacher professional development is getting attention from some members of Congress. How can participants help shape this discussion?For bandwidth issue, use of e-rate funds might be possible. Important to note that AASA is skeptical about e-rate reform, according to Dutko, --Alignment with states’ graduation requirements: professional development: and assessments during transition: in support in some states: sector not knowledgeable: for substantial technology upgrade:
  • Think broadly: Who counsels your students as they progress and grow as a learner and as a person?
  • Focus: Affordability, Access, Value$150B federal dollars to HE each year…Forums: Consistent with Gallup – Young Invincibles: students rank finding a job and repaying loans as the two most important factors
  • Common core, common assessments, and education talent bringing everything together

    1. 1. Common Core, Common Assessments, and Education Talent: Bringing Everything Together Todd Bloom, Ph.D. Chief Academic Officer Hobsons
    2. 2. 2 We maximize student success and institutional effectiveness to create the world-changers of tomorrow.
    3. 3. 3 Impacting Students & Institutions
    4. 4. 4 Impacting Students & Institutions Plan & Learn Student Success Institutional Effectiveness VIRTUAL STUDENT FAIRS Who am I? My aspirations? What’s my path? Who are our students? Who is struggling/succee ding? How do our students learn?
    5. 5. 5 Impacting Students & Institutions Engage & Enroll Student Success Institutional Effectiveness DIGITAL MARKETING (HE) PRINT MARKETING (HE) CONNECT How do I move forward? What info do I need? Who will support me? How do we best reach students? How do we get a best fit? How do we ensure a great start?
    6. 6. 6 Impacting Students & Institutions Progress & Succeed Student Success Institutional Effectiveness How am I doing versus my goal? How do I get help? Who will support me? Are student supports working? Who is “at risk”? How do we ensure a great start?
    7. 7. Building Blocks for Success 7
    8. 8. Building Blocks for Success 8 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
    9. 9. Context: “The Pipeline” CCSS: Where are we now? Discussion: Implementation The common core & college and career readiness Discussion: Moving from reactive to proactive 9 Agenda
    10. 10. 10 Education/Talent Pipeline Expectations gap P-12/HE⇔W collaboration and continuity of supports Pull-thru Engaged, empowered students Based on Issues/2011/May-June 2011/first-in-the-world-full.html
    11. 11. What do you see as the key impediments impacting students’ progression through K-12 and into higher education & career? - Think, pair, and share 11 Discussion
    12. 12. Consider the top two to three issues What impact do you think the CCSS and assessments will have on those issues? - For students - For district leadership - For staff 12 Discussion
    13. 13. CCSS: Where are we now?
    14. 14. 14 CCSS Timeline Final standards released in June 2010. 2009 2010 2013 2014 CCSS Launched Assessment item field testing New assessments used 2011-2012 Development Transition Initial district transition Assessment NationalStateLocal Drafts developed. 10,000 public comments. State Adoption District ramp up in response to assessments State outreach to help facilitate Common Core transition Governance structure finalized Whiteboard Advisors
    15. 15. Items to Note: State “adoptions” do not necessarily commit the state or districts to any action The real action happens with the assessments District transition has been slower than ED anticipated 15 Common Core Update Whiteboard Advisors
    16. 16. All but four states—Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia—have adopted English/language arts and mathematics. Minnesota has adopted English only. The process for adoption varies state to state. Some states adopt via legislation, others through the state Board of Education. 16 Common Core Adoption Whiteboard Advisors
    17. 17. 17 State Participation: SBAC
    18. 18. 18 State Participation: PARCC +District of Columbia Florida withdrew as fiscal agent
    19. 19. The “insiders” are influential leaders who are shaping federal education reform, including: Current and former White House and U.S. Department of Education leaders Current and former Congressional staff State education leaders, including state school chiefs and former governors Leaders of major education organizations and think tanks 19 Education Insider Data Whiteboard Advisors
    20. 20. 20 Education Insider Data Insiders see the levels of support among key stakeholders as shifting somewhat since November 2012 and more so since June 2013. Question: Please rate the level of support for the Common Core among the following groups… 4% 28% 24% 44% 4% 40% 32% 44% 28% 32% 36% 12% 29% 44% 8% 71% 20% Levels of Support Among… November 2012 Very Weak Weak Neutral Strong Very Strong 4% 4% 24% 28% 32% 4% 36% 44% 60% 26% 36% 24% 8% 48% 26% 4% 52% 40% Levels of Support Among… June 2013 Very Weak Weak Neutral Strong Very Strong Whiteboard Advisors
    21. 21. 21 Education Insider Data Question: Are the assessment consortia on the right track or wrong track? Are the assessment consortia on the right track or wrong track? 69% 62% 52% 55% 48% 35% 30% 22% 38% 27% 27% 31% 38% 49% 45% 52% 65% 70% 78% 63% 73% 73% Sept. '12 Nov. '12 Dec. '12 Jan. '13 Feb. '13 Mar. '13 Apr. '13 May '13 Jun. '13 July '13 Sept. '13 PARCC Right Track Wrong Track 33% 33% 29% 27% 23% 30% 33% 26% 54% 62% 56% 67% 67% 71% 73% 77% 70% 67% 74% 46% 38% 44% Sept. '12 Nov. '12 Dec. '12 Jan. '13 Feb. '13 Mar. '13 Apr. '13 May '13 Jun. '13 July '13 Sept. '13 SBAC Right Track Wrong Track Whiteboard Advisors
    22. 22. 22 Education Insider Data Question: Do you expect more states to drop out of the Common Core Assessment Consortia in 2013? 2014? Will more states drop out of SBAC and PARCC? Whiteboard Advisors 79% 90% 21% 10% 2013 2014 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Yes No Almost all Insiders believe that more states will drop out of the PARCC and SBAC assessment consortia this year (and even more believe it will happen next year).
    23. 23. 23 Education Insider Data 23% 77% Will Schools Have Enough Bandwidth/Devices to meet the consortia’s specifications? Yes No Question: The PARCC and SBAC assessments will be delivered online beginning in 2014/15. In your view, will schools have enough bandwidth and devices the meet the minimum and recommended specifications by the consortia by the time the assessments are administered? Whiteboard Advisors
    24. 24. 24 Education Insider Data 0% 0% 17% 30% 52% 1 - No risk 2 3 - Neutral 4 5 - Major risk 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% How Big of a Risk is Lack of Bandwidth/Devices to Smooth Implementation of the Assessments? Question: Following up on the prior question, how big of a risk do you believe this is to the smooth implementation of the assessments? Whiteboard Advisors
    25. 25. Discussion: Known Implementation Issues
    26. 26. Alignment Capacity Information Politics 26 Implementation Challenges
    27. 27. Small group discussion & issues prioritization: Discuss CCSS and assessment implementation issues you’ve experienced and/or you are preparing for: 1. Score issues on a scale of 1-10 (10=highest) with regard to student impact (S) and teachers/staff impact (T) and central office impact (C) 2. Rank the issues, by combined score (S+T+C) 3. Report back to entire group: top issue and why 27 Implementation Challenges
    28. 28. Alignment with states’ graduation requirements Teacher professional development Accountability and assessments during transition Drop-off in support in some states Postsecondary sector not knowledgeable Need for substantial technology upgrade 28 Known Implementation Issues
    29. 29. Common Core State Standards & the Role of “Counselors”
    30. 30. What counselors bring to role: - Instructional experience - Experience in a variety of school settings Holistic view of student: - Academics - Extracurricular - Family circumstances and other personal concerns Can contextualize common core standards and assessments in preparing for postsecondary success 30 Counselors’ Macro View/Perspective
    31. 31. Counselors work across grade levels to support students. Great counselors help students “connect learning to life” How can your district leverage counselors’ talent and perspective in implementing the common core and assessments to the benefit of student preparedness for postsecondary success? Note in the above: absence of “college and career readiness” 31 Discussion
    32. 32. Provide preparation and support Help develop essential skills: - Organizational - Problem-solving - Interpersonal Collaborate across all grades to ensure development of knowledge and skills Develop comprehensive K-12 counseling plan 32 Counselors’ Role in Common Core Implementation
    33. 33. Ensure students understand what “college and career readiness” means and how the assessments measure their readiness against national/state standards Explore with students strategies to address gaps between assessment outcomes and goals Manage tutoring and other supports as well as scheduling and placement policies Link education with workforce preparation 33 Counselors’ Role in Common Core Implementation
    34. 34. Issue Solving & Sharing
    35. 35. 35 Revisit your group’s prioritized CCSS and assessment implementation issues: Select one of your top ranked (highest scoring) issues How might your district respond to the issue (each person in your group may approach this issue differently = ok)? - Goal? Strategy? Resources? Partners? Risks? - How will you know progress has been made? Discussion Groups
    36. 36. Spotlight: If college, where? SROI
    37. 37. Fed’s College Ratings System 37 “We have not even begun to develop the college ratings system yet, and we are only in the beginning stages of soliciting input from a wide range of stakeholders about the metrics that should or should not be used in the ratings system… No later than December of 2014, we’ll use the feedback we receive to finalize the college ratings system.” September 20, 2013, Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan
    38. 38. Fed’s College Ratings System 38 • November 2013: 4 Open forums • January 22, 2014: Technical Experts Symposium • December 2014: Final version • 2015: Implement • 2018: Results tied to Federal aid (about $150B) Hobsons analysis and sharing opportunity
    39. 39. 39 Questions & Follow-Up
    40. 40. Todd Bloom Chief Academic Officer Hobsons (952) 807-5345 @Todd_Bloom 40 Thank you!