As a way to introduce the topic, show the cover page from the California Common Core standards… note that the original document was approved nationally by National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers. So far, common core standards have been approved for English Language Arts and Math. There are groups working on common core standards for science and social studies. There is no timeline for completion. The Common Core State Standards are part of a state-led effort to give all students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The federal government was not involved in the development of the standards. Individual states choose whether or not to adopt these standards. After the presentation to the states in June, 2010, each state had to decide if they would adopt these as their state standards. California adopted them in August, 2010, with a few additions and edits. What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative? The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics that states can voluntarily adopt. The standards have been informed by the best available evidence and the highest state standards across the country and globe and designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts, parents, and school administrators, so they reflect both our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. The standards are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that our students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace.
This slide highlights the key features of Common Core standards. For more info, go to the national website at www.corestandards.org/the-standards
This is an important list… the Common Core documents do not intend to define any of these items.
Our focus is on the English Language Arts standards… they are organized around four strands.
If you go back to the first slide and look a the title page again, you will see that that literacy in history/social studies is now directly addressed in the ELA document. This does not replace the existing content standards, but adds a dimension related to literacy specific to content areas. Teachers of history, social studies, science, and other technical subjects share responsibility with English teachers for literacy development.
No specific note here.. Probably you are in agreement with all four points.
This is the “big idea” for social studies teachers.
Notice that the content-rich curriculum is still important, and not watered down by the literacy expectation. Also be aware that assessments are going to change at the state level to be more aligned with the common core standards. California has joined the SMARTER assessment consortium with almost half the states to develop and use “robust assessments” aligned to the standards./\\
This timeline comes from the online document Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California, March 2012. We are currently in the Awareness phase for school districts and teachers to learn about the transition to new assessments. 2012-2013 starts the Transition phase. Frameworks will be revised; professional development will begin; publishers will start to revise and offer new materials. 2013-2014 begins the Implementation phase. By the current timeline, new state assessments will be ready for use in Spring, 2014, perhaps as a pilot process with current assessments still in use. By 2014-2015, the new SMARTER assessments will be used statewide. The full document can be accessed at www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cc/ along with other state links related to Common Core Standards.
Ssu common core slides with notes
STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS & LITERACY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS Presented to states in JUNE 2010CA version adopted by California State Board of Education on August 2, 2010.California has joined the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium as agoverning state.
What are the Common Core StateStandards? Aligned with college and work expectations Focused and coherent Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards Internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society Based on evidence and research State led – coordinated by NGA Center and CCSSO
Intentional Design LimitationsWhat the Standards do NOT define: How teachers should teach All that can or should be taught The nature of advanced work beyond the core The interventions needed for students well below grade level The full range of support for English language learners and students with special needs Everything needed to be college and career ready
Design and OrganizationFour strands Reading (including Reading Foundational Skills) Writing Speaking and Listening LanguageAn integrated model of literacyMedia requirements blended throughout
The “New Thing”Standards for reading and writing in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects• Complement rather than replace content standards in those subjects• Responsibility of teachers in those subjectsAlignment with college and career readinessexpectations
Why Literacy inHistory/Government/Social Studies? Concern that students may be unable to meet the demands of reading text within a particular discipline. Reading within a discipline is different than reading literature. The ability to read within the discipline is important to citizenship. Being literate across a broad range of disciplines is required to be considered College and Career Ready.
Do I have to teach ELA in my Historyclass? If you have been teaching History well you are already teaching literacy.
The panel’s final comments…Standards: Important but insufficient To be effective in improving education and getting all students ready for college, workforce training, and life, the Standards must be partnered with a content-rich curriculum and robust assessments, both aligned to the Standards.
May: Revised English-language arts framework November: available* August 2: SBE November: Revisedadopts Common Revised ELD mathematics Core State standards framework Standards available* available* March: Spring: Field testing Spring: Pilot Technology of summative testing of Readiness Tool assessments summative available assessment 2010 2011 2012 s 2013 2014 2015 Promotion of the CCSS Spring: Administer July: First set of 4 September: 8–10 and supporting resources operational professional new professional at conferences, summative development development workshops, in Webinars, assessment modules available modules available and online begins November 1: Assessment Transition Plan due to State Legislature Timeline Excerpt from Implementation Plan for California, March 2012