Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent frame wrok to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

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Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards

  1. 1. Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards California PTA February 26, 2013 Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow Jessica Valdez, Administrator California Department of EducationCALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONTom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  2. 2. California and the Common Core State StandardsTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
  3. 3. The Common Core State StandardsTOM TORLAKSON Benefits:State Superintendent of Public Instruction •Are aligned with college and work expectations; •Are clear, understandable and consistent; •Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills; •Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  4. 4. The Common Core State StandardsTOM TORLAKSON Benefits:State Superintendent of Public Instruction •Internationally benchmarked •Evidence and research-based •Consistent expectations – no matter where you live •Opportunity for shared resources and reduced costs
  5. 5. The Common Core State StandardsTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Feedback and review from national organizations, including:
  6. 6. TOM TORLAKSONTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent State Superintendent of Public Instruction of Public Instruction Source: http://www.corestandards.org/in-the-states
  7. 7. Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical SubjectsTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • The CCSS for English-Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects are organized around the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. • Each strand is headed by a set of CCR Anchor Standards that is identical across all grades and content areas. • The anchor standards lend coherence to the document both across the content areas and across the grades.
  8. 8. Balanced Representation of Literary and Informational TextTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Kindergarten through grade 5  10 Reading standards for literature  10 Reading standards for informational text  Writing standards that explicitly call for opinion pieces, narratives, and informative/explanatory texts • Grades 6–12  10 Reading standards for literature  10 Reading standards for informational text  Writing standards that explicitly call for arguments, narratives, and informative/explanatory texts  An additional set of standards for reading and writing in history/social studies, science and technical subjects
  9. 9. Informational TextTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent • Includes the subgenres of exposition, argument, and functional text in the of Public Instruction form of personal essays, speeches, opinion pieces, essays about art or literature, biographies, memoirs, journalism, and historical, scientific, technical, or economic accounts (including digital sources) written for a broad audience Source: page 33 of the CCSS for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
  10. 10. Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Grades 6–12TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Set the expectation that students will read and write in non-ELA classrooms and develop informational/technical writing skills • Provide an acknowledgement of unique text structures found in informational text • Maintain the focus on discipline-specific vocabulary, critical analysis, and evidence across the curriculum
  11. 11. Technical SubjectsTOM TORLAKSON Technical subjects – A course devoted to aState Superintendent of Public Instruction practical study, such as engineering, technology, design, business, or other workforce-related subject; a technical aspect of a wider field of study, such as art or music Source: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Appendix A
  12. 12. Critical Analysis/Use of EvidenceTOM TORLAKSON • Describe how reasons support specific points theState Superintendent of Public Instruction author makes in a text. (2.RI.8) • Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced. (8.SL.3) • Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases. (11-12.WHST.1.b)
  13. 13. Focus on Text ComplexityTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently. (5.RL.10) • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. (11-12.SL.1)
  14. 14. Increased Student CollaborationTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent • With guidance and support from adults, use of Public Instruction technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others. (3.W.6) • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. (9-10.SL.1)
  15. 15. Vocabulary Acquisition and UseTOM TORLAKSON • Use words and phrases acquired throughState Superintendent of Public Instruction conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts. (K.L.6) • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. (7.W.2.d) • Determine the meaning of word and phrase as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone). (9-10.RL.4)
  16. 16. Increased Use of Multimedia and TechnologyTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent • Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations of Public Instruction when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas and themes. (4.SL.5) • Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). (7.RL.7) • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem. (11-12.RST.7)
  17. 17. Transitioning to the CCSSTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction • Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language Source: http://www.achievethecore.org/steal-these-tools
  18. 18. Mathematical Proficiency as defined by the California Framework (2006)TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction
  19. 19. Common Core Standards for MathematicsTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction The standards for mathematics: • Are focused, coherent, and rigorous • Aim for clarity and specificity • Stress conceptual understanding of key ideas • Balance mathematical understanding and procedural skill • Are internationally benchmarked
  20. 20. Two Types of Interrelated StandardsTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Mathematical Practices (the same at every grade level) • Mathematical Content (different at each grade level)
  21. 21. Standards for Mathematical PracticeTOM TORLAKSON Describe ways students engage with the subject matterState Superintendent of Public Instruction throughout the elementary, middle and high school years 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
  22. 22. CCSS Domains K–5 Domain K 1 2 3 4 5TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction Counting and Cardinality (CC)  Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA)       Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT)       Measurement and Data (MD)       Geometry (G)       Number and Operations – Fractions (NF)   
  23. 23. CCSS Domains 6–8 Domain 6 7 8TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP)   The Number System (NS)    Expressions and Equations (EE)    Geometry (G)    Statistics and Probability (SP)    Functions (F) 
  24. 24. High School Mathematics The CCSS high school standards are organized in 6 conceptual categories:TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction  Number and Quantity  Algebra  Functions  Modeling (*)  Geometry  Statistics and Probability California additions:  Advanced Placement Probability and Statistics  Calculus Modeling standards are indicated by a (*) symbol. Standards necessary to prepare for advanced courses in mathematics are indicated by a (+) symbol.
  25. 25. Model Course Pathways for MathematicsTOM TORLAKSON Courses in higher level mathematics: Precalculus, Calculus (upon completion ofState Superintendent of Public Instruction Precalculus), Advanced Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, or other courses to be designed at a later date, such as additional career technical courses. Algebra II Mathematics III Geometry Mathematics II Algebra I Mathematics I Pathway A Pathway B Traditional in U.S. International Integrated approach (typical outside of U.S.)
  26. 26. Transitioning to the CCSSTOM TORLAKSON 1. Focus strongly where the standards focusState Superintendent of Public Instruction 2. Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades 3. Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application Source: http://www.achievethecore.org/
  27. 27. TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction
  28. 28. CDE CCSS Web pageTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc of Public Instruction •Subscribe: join-commoncore@mlist.cde.ca.gov subscribe-sbac@mlist.cde.ca.gov •Contact us: commoncoreteam@cde.ca.gov
  29. 29. Questions?TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction Nancy Brownell Senior Fellow California Department of Education California State Board of Education nbrownell@cde.ca.gov 916-319-0693
  30. 30. Smarter Balanced Assessment System Summative assessments Benchmarked to college and career readiness Common Core Common Core State Standards Teachers and schools All students leave All students leave State Standards specify specify have information andK-12 expectations tools they need to high school high schoolK-12 expectations for college and improve teaching and college college for college andcareer readiness learning and career ready and career ready career readiness Teacher resources for formative assessment Interim assessments practices Flexible, open, used for to improve instruction actionable feedback
  31. 31. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium BasicsTOM TORLAKSON • To develop a set of comprehensive and innovativeState Superintendent of Public Instruction assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards • Students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college or a career through increased student learning and improved teaching • Computer based and computer adaptive • The assessments are scheduled to be operational in the 2014-15 school year
  32. 32. Smarter Balanced Member StatesTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction  24 states educating approximately 20 million public K-12 students
  33. 33. State Governance and ParticipationTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent • Consortium led by state K-12 and higher of Public Instruction education representatives. All major decisions subject to state vote. • Two California representatives on Smarter Balanced Executive Committee (Co-chair Deb Sigman, Higher Education Representative Beverly Young) • Over 80 staff from member states and higher education institutions across the nation are involved in workgroups helping to design the system. • Expert advice from an array of standing advisory panels.
  34. 34. Smarter Balanced Work Groups and California MembersTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction 1. Item Development/Performance Tasks – Linda Hooper 2. Validation and Psychometrics/Test Design – Jamie Contreras 3.Test Administration/Student Access – Shobhana Rishi 4.Formative Assessment Practices and Professional Learning/Transition to CCSS – Laura Watson 5.Technology Approach/Reporting – Rodney Okamoto (Co-chair)
  35. 35. Smarter Balanced Milestones Technology Preliminary test Readiness Tool blueprints Launched approved SBE adopted March 2012 November 2012 STAR ProgramTOM TORLAKSON Common Core sunsetsState Superintendent State Standards SSPI’s Report with of Public Instruction July 1, 2014 August 2010 recommendations delivered to the Legislature January 2013 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Spring 2013 Smarter California joined Assessment Pilot testing of Balanced Smarter reauthorization Summative assessments Balanced outreach effort to Assessments implemented Assessment develop Consortium recommendations June 2011 Spring 2014 Technology Field testing of Strategy Summative Framework and Assessments System Requirements Specifications Released December 2012
  36. 36. Preliminary Test Blueprints • Approved by governing states in November 2012TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Include critical information about the number of items, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target • Guide the development of items and performance tasks, the pilot and field tests, score reporting, standard setting, and ongoing research • Are considered preliminary until after review of the data gathered from the pilot and field tests • Links to blueprints available on the Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter- balanced-assessments/
  37. 37. Revised Draft Initial Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) • Initial draft ALDs were released for publicTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent comment November 27, 2012, through January of Public Instruction 15, 2013 and February 4 through 20. • The revised draft ALD documents, online survey for providing feedback, and recording of Webinar highlighting the revisions are available at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/achievementlev el-descriptors-and-college-readiness. • Governing states are expected to adopt the initial ALDs in Spring 2013.
  38. 38. Technology Readiness ToolTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent • Generates device and network “readiness of Public Instruction reports” at the school level. • Reports show a general level of readiness: – 0% - 25% (red) – 26% - 50% (orange) – 51% - 75% (yellow) – 76% - 100% (green)
  39. 39. Smarter Balanced Spring 2013 Pilot Test • Two samples for school participation:TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction 1) Scientific 2) Volunteer • There will be no scores or individual student data associated with either sample. • The pilot test is untimed but depending on the grade, content area, and types of items administered, test times are expected to range from 2 to 3 hours.
  40. 40. Spring 2013 Pilot Test — Scientific Sample • Test window: February 20–May 24, 2013TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Nearly 1,200 California schools have confirmed participation! • CDE is assisting participating schools by submitting required student data. • Search for selected CA schools by county and district and view participation status on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterbalanced.asp. Select the “Spring 2013 Pilot Test” hyperlink. • Deadline for registering to participate is February 28, 2013
  41. 41. Spring 2013 Pilot Test — Volunteer SampleTOM TORLAKSON • Open to all schools in member statesState Superintendent of Public Instruction • Test window: April 9 through May 10, 2013 • Nearly 1,800 California schools have registered! • Participation in volunteer pilot available any time during the testing window • Schools volunteer by completing the volunteer survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SmarterBalancedPilot • Deadline for registering to participate is March 27, 2013
  42. 42. Upcoming Opportunity for Teacher InvolvementTOM TORLAKSON • Smarter Balanced digital library of formativeState Superintendent of Public Instruction assessment tools and practices • State Network of Educators to be formed to review proposed tools and practices for inclusion in the digital library • Recruitment of State Network of Educators expected to begin in Spring 2013
  43. 43. Legislative UpdateTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction State •Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) •Senate Bill 247 (Liu) Federal •Education technology bill (Miller)
  44. 44. For Further Smarter Balanced InformationTOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent Join the CDE Smarter Balanced listserv by of Public Instruction sending a blank e-mail to: subscribe-sbac@mlist.cde.ca.gov Contact the CDE Transition Office sbac@cde.ca.gov 916-445-8517 Visit the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Web Site http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ Visit the CDE Smarter Balanced Web Page http://www.cde.ca.gov/sbac/

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