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Introduction to the Common Core Standards


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Introduction to the Common Core

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Introduction to the Common Core Standards

  1. 1. Karen Brooks
  2. 3. <ul><li>Published: July 21, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Less than two months after the nation’s governors and state school chiefs released their final recommendations for national education standards, 27 states have adopted them and about a dozen more are expected to do so in the next two weeks. </li></ul>
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  4. 5. <ul><li>The quick adoption of common standards for what students should learn in English and math each year from kindergarten through high school is attributable in part to the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition. States that adopt the standards by Aug. 2 win points in the competition for a share of the $3.4 billion to be awarded in September. </li></ul><ul><li>The common core standards, two years in the making and first released in draft form in March, are an effort to replace the current hodgepodge of state policy’s. </li></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>They lay out detailed expectations of skills that students should have at each grade level. Second graders, for example, should be able to read two-syllable words with long vowels, while fifth graders should be able to add and subtract fractions with different denominators. </li></ul><ul><li>Those states that are not winners in the Race to the Top competition may also have less incentive to follow through in carrying out the standards. </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>In August of 2010, NYS made it to the final round in Race to the Top dollars. </li></ul><ul><li>The problem of wide variations in state standards has become more serious in recent years, as some states weakened their standards to avoid being penalized under the federal No Child Left Behind law. This time, the standards were developed by the states themselves, not the federal government. </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Last year, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers convened English and math experts to put together benchmarks for each grade. </li></ul><ul><li>FYI - Texas and Alaska said they did not want to participate in developing the standards. And Virginia has made it known that it does not plan to adopt the standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly, national standards are seen as a way to ensure that children in all states will have access to a similar education — and that financially strapped state governments do not have to spend limited resources on developing their own standards and tests. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>States that adopt the standards are allowed to have additional standards, as long as the common core represents at least 85 percent of their English and mathematics standards </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A version of this article appeared in print on July 21, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>The “Common Core Standards” as they are called, focus exclusively on English and Math, so as to avoid politically charged subjects such as American history.  Although the title avoids the word “national”, in reality, the “Common Core Standards” are national standards – we will now be able to compare how students in New York compare with students in South Dakota. </li></ul><ul><li>the standards will finally enable us to get a good grasp on the data of how well we are actually educating our children. </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Aligned with college and work expectations; </li></ul><ul><li>Clear, understandable and consistent; </li></ul><ul><li>Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills; </li></ul><ul><li>Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards; </li></ul><ul><li>Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; </li></ul><ul><li>and Evidence-based. </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li> home.html </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the Common Core State Standards (66.09 KB) </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (1.50 MB) </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects - Appendix A - Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards; Glossary of Key Terms (879.32 KB) </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects - Appendix B - Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks (1.53 MB) </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects - Appendix C - Samples of Student Writing ( 22.28 MB) </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (1.10 MB) </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core State Standards Initiative Toolkit - This toolkit was designed as a space to gather public feedback on the final draft NGA/CCSSO Common Core State Standards. National Governors Association/Council of Chief State School Officers Common Core State Standards Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>New York State Standards Review Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Regents Common Core Standards Review and Adoption Process </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> We should be seeing this for NYS very soon. </li></ul><ul><li>The state (NYS) doesn’t plan to roll out the common standards until 2011-12, and  new tests based on the standards won’t come until the spring of 2012. </li></ul>
  13. 32. <ul><li>New York is one of 51 states and territories that have joined the CCSSI </li></ul><ul><li>A joint effort by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) </li></ul><ul><li>A significant and historic opportunity for states to collectively develop and adopt a core set of academic standards in English language arts and mathematics </li></ul>
  14. 33. <ul><li>States choosing to align their standards to the Common Core Standards have agreed that the common core will represent at least 85 percent of their state’s standards in ELA and mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>States may add up to 15% additional standards as judged necessary </li></ul>
  15. 34. <ul><li>These Common Core Standards will be a critical first step to bring about real and meaningful transformation of our education system to benefit all students </li></ul><ul><li>The Common Core Standards help define the knowledge and skills all students need to succeed in college and careers </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations will be consistent for all students </li></ul>
  16. 35. <ul><li>Phase 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Public Review and Comment on Common Core Standards </li></ul><ul><li>December 2009-April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Information on the Common Core Standards can be found on the NYSED Common Core Standards Initiative website including a toolkit for public comment </li></ul>
  17. 36. <ul><li>A video of Commissioner Steiner inviting public review & comment </li></ul><ul><li>A powerpoint presentation of the Common Core Standards Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>NGA/CCSSO final draft of the grade by grade Common Core Standards for public review and comment </li></ul><ul><li>Two online survey instruments; one for public comment on the NGA/CCSSO proposed ELA standards; the other for public comment on the NGA/CCSSO mathematics standards </li></ul><ul><li>Links to related materials </li></ul>
  18. 37. <ul><li>Review final set of Common Core Standards against the draft ELA/ESL Learning Standards, 2005 Mathematics Core, and the Standards Review Initiative (SRI) Working Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Compile a proposed draft of NYS Learning Standards for ELA and mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Develop recommendations to the Board of Regents for adoption </li></ul>
  19. 38. <ul><li>An invitation will be extended for statewide public review and comment of the proposed PreK-12 NYS Learning Standards for ELA and mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Regents will act on a revised set of ELA and Mathematics Learning Standards July 2010 </li></ul>
  20. 39. <ul><li>Design curriculum frameworks that are sequenced, spiraled, content- rich and form the foundation for world-class learning, professional development, pre-service education, formative assessment, and summative assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate the revised learning standards into the State’s P-12 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Revise the State’s Testing Program to measure student attainment of the learning standards </li></ul><ul><li>Revise/create standards in other subjects, such as science, technology, and the Arts </li></ul>
  21. 40. <ul><li>For systemic change to occur, educators and students must be supported (e.g., time, resources, teacher preparation, professional development) in changing classroom practice to facilitate attainment of the learning standards </li></ul>
  22. 41. <ul><li>NYSED Process: Common Core State Standards Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core State Standards Initiative </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>National Governors Association (NGA) </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) </li></ul>