School Leaders and the Common Core: Preparing Students for College & Career Readiness

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  • Writing Team: College Board staff served on the original College and Career Readiness Standards writing team and provided ongoing feedback for the development of the standards. Advisory Committee: College Board served as a member of the 5-organization advisory group guiding the initiative. Research: College Board provided research on college readiness skills, AP and SAT to support the standards work. Alignment: College Board now offers alignment and technical advisory support to assist states in the implementation process.
  • Writing Team: College Board staff served on the original College and Career Readiness Standards writing team and provided ongoing feedback for the development of the standards. Advisory Committee: College Board served as a member of the 5-organization advisory group guiding the initiative. Research: College Board provided research on college readiness skills, AP and SAT to support the standards work. Alignment: College Board now offers alignment and technical advisory support to assist states in the implementation process.
  • A state-led effort to develop a common set of college and career readiness standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics that align with college and workplace expectations include rigorous content and applications of knowledge are based on evidence build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards are informed by frameworks from top performing countries
  • The Common Core State Standards require a mindset shift for students, teachers, and school level leaders. We need to shift our focus from high school completion to college and career readiness for all students. The Common Core State Standards are for all students , not just students seeking accelerated learning. The Common Core State Standards will impact all teachers , not just ELA and Math teachers. The Common Core is happening now – 46 states have adopted the standards, and new common assessments are being developed. School level leaders will need to play a central role in implementing the new standards and in cultivating this mindset shift.
  • This visual offers a comparison of student performance on NAEP (red) versus student performance on state assessments (blue). Overwhelmingly, state proficiency levels are set much lower than NAEP proficiency. This data creates the dilemma of 50 different yardsticks of student learning and progress and illustrates not only the differences across state standards, but also the differences the expectations within those standards.
  • “ We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation.  And half of the students who begin college never finish. This is a prescription for economic decline.” – President Obama While many factors impact college completion rates, fundamentally too few students are receiving the academic preparation necessary to be successful in college 73.4% of public high school students who entered high school graduated with a high school diploma (NCES, 2006 data) 67.2% of high school graduates enrolled in a 2-yr or 4-yr (NCES, 2007 data) 78% of students entering 4-yr public institution are retained from freshman to sophomore year (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2007 data). Similar rate (79.5%) for 4-yr private institutions, and 59% for 2-yr institutions. 56.1% of students entering 4-yr institutions earned a bachelor’s degree in six years or less (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2007 data). 27.8% of students entering 2-yr institutions graduate with an associate degree in three years or less
  • Previously, every state had its own set of academic standards and different expectations of student performance. Common standards can help create more equal access to an excellent education. All students must be prepared to compete with not only their American peers, but also with students from around the world. Clear and coherent standards will help students (and parents and teachers) understand what is expected of them. Common Standards create a foundation for districts and states to work collaboratively.
  • Who is responsible for implementation? What will CB and NASSP provide? Understanding current alignment – Who needs to understand the alignment? Where can they go for help? Changes in curriculum & instruction – Where are they coming from? Who will provide information? Professional Development – Who will provide resources and who will administer? Preparing for new assessments – When will these assessments take place? How and when will school leaders learn about them?
  • Governing states are committed to using the assessment Advisory states may join more than one consortium Non-Consortia states consist of Alaska, Minnesota (adopted ELA CCSS only), Nebraska, Texas, Virginia 45 states plus DC adopted the CCSS OH and DE are currently part of both Consortia Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia have not joined either Consortium
  • Governing states are committed to using the assessment Advisory states may join more than one consortium Non-Consortia states consist of Alaska, Minnesota (adopted ELA CCSS only), Nebraska, Texas, Virginia 45 states plus DC adopted the CCSS OH and DE are currently part of both Consortia Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia have not joined either Consortium

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. NASSP
    • 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
  • 6. Surveys
    • What is your role/position in your school?
    • A) Principal
    • B) Assistant or Associate Principal
    • C) Department Head
    • D) Teacher
    • E) Counselor
    • F) Other
    • 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Why Common Core State Standards? Issue #1: Inconsistent State Standards
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
    • Adelman (2006)
      • 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
  • 12. Benefits of Common Core State Standards
  • 13. 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
    • Cross-content literacy
  • 14. 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
    • Mathematical modeling
    • Standards for STEM readiness
  • 15. Common Core: A Fast Timeline Dec. 2011 46 States Have Adopted CCSS 2014 - 2015 Participating States Administer New CCSS Assessments Implementation is NOW!
  • 16. What comes next after adoption?
  • 17. Understanding Current Alignment Alignment is one of the first steps for states and districts towards implementing the Common Core.
  • 18. Changes in Curriculum and Instruction The Common Core will require significant curricular and instructional shifts that will impact all classrooms.
  • 19. Professional Development To effectively implement and embrace the Common Core, rich professional development will be required.
  • 20. Common Assessments
    • 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.
  • 21. 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
      • Leadership
      • 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.
  • 22. Questions and Comments
    • Send questions and comments through the Q&A window located on the lower-right hand corner of your monitor.
  • 23. Resources
    • 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/
    • PARCC: http://www.parcconline.org/
    • K-12 Center at ETS Guide to the Assessment Consortia: http://www.k12center.org/publications/assessment_consortia.html
  • 24. Upcoming Webinars
    • 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
    • School Leadership Role - March 14 at 4 p.m. EST
    • Changing School Culture and Climate - March 28 at
    • 4 p.m. EST