School Leaders and the Common Core: Preparing Students for College & Career ReadinessPresentation Transcript
Presenters: Natasha Vasavada , Executive Director, Research and Development, College Board Dick Flanary , Senior Director, Leadership Programs and Services, NASSP Mel Riddile , Associate Director for High School Services, NASSP School Leaders and the Common Core: Preparing Students for College & Career Readiness An Overview
Webinar Series Key Messages
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) requires a shift in focus from high school completion to college and career readiness for all students
The CCSS will radically change curricula, state assessments, school culture and professional development
Principals and school leaders must play a key role for effective implementation
This six part webinar series will give principals and school leaders the knowledge to be proactive and prepared
Presenters Natasha Vasavada Executive Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development College Board Mel Riddile Associate Director for High School Services NASSP Richard Flanary Senior Director, Leadership Programs and Services NASSP
The College Board
Helped develop standards
Served on advisory committee guiding the initiative
Provided research on college readiness skills
Continues involvement to assist states and districts in implementation
Participated in review and vetting of ELA and math standards
Is helping school leaders understand the magnitude of change the Common Core will introduce
Has a successful track record in Breaking Ranks school improvement
Holds an extensive history in principal skills assessment and development
What is your role/position in your school?
B) Assistant or Associate Principal
C) Department Head
How much do you know about the Common Core State Standards and how this will affect your school?
A) I have a thorough understanding
B) I have some understanding
C) I know very little
D) I don’t know anything
What is the Common Core?
A state-led effort to develop a common set of standards in English language arts and math that:
Align college and workplace expectations
Are rigorous and evidence-based
The CCSS have been adopted by 46 states
The CCSS will affect all public schools in adopted states
Implementation beginning now
New state assessments in 2014-15
A parallel effort is underway to develop Next Generation Science Standards that will be released by December 2012
Common Core = Major Change and Mindset Shift
The Common Core State Standards:
Are for all students , not just students seeking accelerated learning.
Will impact all teachers , not just ELA and math teachers.
Is happening now.
School level leaders will need to play a central role in implementing the new standards and in cultivating this mindset shift.
We need to shift our focus from high school completion to college and career readiness for all students.
Why Common Core State Standards? Issue #1: Inconsistent State Standards
Why Common Core State Standards? Issue #2: Low College Completion Rates
Remediation rates and costs are staggering
As much as 40% of all students entering 4-year colleges need remediation in one or more courses
As much as 63% in 2-year colleges
Degree attainment rates are disappointing
Fewer than 42% of adults aged 25-34 hold college degrees
Source: The College Completion Agenda 2010 Progress Report, The College Board
Why Common Core State Standards? Issue #3: More Students Need a More Rigorous Curriculum
Adelman et al. (2003)
15% of students in the top quintile in academic rigor required remediation
57% of students in the bottom quintile in academic rigor required remediation
83% of students whose highest math class was calculus graduated within 8 years
40% of students whose highest math class was Algebra II graduated within 8 years
Benefits of Common Core State Standards
Features of the Common Core State Standards – English Language Arts
Balance between informational text and literature
Comprehending complex texts
Writing in response to texts
Conducting and reporting on research
Language and grammar skills
Speaking and listening
Features of the Common Core State Standards – Math
Emphasis on mathematical practices
Attention to focus and coherence
Increased focus on algebra in middle grades
Problem solving and reasoning
Standards for STEM readiness
Common Core: A Fast Timeline Dec. 2011 46 States Have Adopted CCSS 2014 - 2015 Participating States Administer New CCSS Assessments Implementation is NOW!
What comes next after adoption?
Understanding Current Alignment Alignment is one of the first steps for states and districts towards implementing the Common Core.
Changes in Curriculum and Instruction The Common Core will require significant curricular and instructional shifts that will impact all classrooms.
Professional Development To effectively implement and embrace the Common Core, rich professional development will be required.
The assessment systems will:
Provide a common measure of college and career readiness
Be computer-based and include innovative item types
Measure higher order skills and application of knowledge through multiple assessment formats
Include formative assessments and performance tasks
Provide timely data to educators and parents
Ensure comparable expectations regardless of where students live
Two state consortia are building assessment systems to measure the Common Core State Standards.
Common Core Implementation Support for School Level Leaders
Six-part webinar series:
Common Core Overview
Curriculum and Instruction: English Language Arts Standards
Curriculum and Instruction: Math Standards
School Wide Instructional Practices
Culture and Climate
Online community ( www.edweb.net/ccss4leaders )
The College Board and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have partnered together to provide Common Core resources specifically tailored for school leaders.
Questions and Comments
Send questions and comments through the Q&A window located on the lower-right hand corner of your monitor.
NASSP and College Board Online Community and Resources: www.edweb.net/ccss4leaders
The Common Core State Standards Initiative: http://www.corestandards.org/
SMARTER Balanced: http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/
K-12 Center at ETS Guide to the Assessment Consortia: http://www.k12center.org/publications/assessment_consortia.html
English Language Arts Standards - Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. EST
Math Standards - Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. EST
School Wide Instructional Practices - Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. EST