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Understanding the Higher Standards:
What Every Business Leader Needs to Know
Woodinville Rotary 4.22.14
Northshore School ...
WHAT IS THE NEED FOR
HIGHER STANDARDS?
•  Student performance is too low
•  Current standards are too low
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Student performance is too low
Thirty percent of high school
graduates can’t pass t...
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Student performance is too low
The United States has more than
600,000 manufacturin...
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Student performance is too low
A McKinsey & Company survey found
that 87 % of educa...
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Student performance is too low
A Deloitte survey found that 63% of life
science and...
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Student performance is too low
According to the National Assessment
of Educational ...
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Student performance is too low
80% of entering college freshmen
are not prepared ac...
What is the NEED for Higher Standards?
Current Standards are too low
A 2010 report by the Thomas B. Fordham
Institute show...
Who: National Governors Association
Council of Chief State School Officers
Educators and experts from states across the na...
Adoption:
Standards Across the Nation
By 2011, 46 states and the District of
Columbia (80% of K–12 student population)
ado...
Adoption:
Standards Across the Nation
Some states have rebranded the CCSS
as state standards (i.e. NY) and have added
addi...
13	
  
http://vimeo.com/51933492
What are the Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core Standards ARE:
Replacements of existing State
Standards
Grade-by-grade K-12 standards
•  Mathematics
•  En...
The Common Core Standards ARE:
Based on learning progressions
Created to preparing students for
success in college and car...
What Improvements Can We
Expect in Student Learning?
Students will …
Enter college taking credit bearing class
rather than...
How does CCSS affect state testing?
•  New CCSS tests aligned to college and
career readiness standards in Math and
in ELA...
How Will CCSS Change
Teaching?
74% of all teachers in Common Core states
say implementation will require them to
make chan...
MAJOR CHANGES:
The Shifts in Mathematics
1.  Focus: Focus strongly where the
standards focus
2.  Coherence: Think across g...
MAJOR CHANGES:
The Shifts in ELA/Literacy
1. Building knowledge through content-
rich nonfiction
2.  Reading, writing and ...
Common Core: It Takes All of Us
•  Students	
  
•  Teachers	
  
•  Parents	
  	
  
•  Community	
  Business	
  Members	
  ...
Questions and Answers:
Additional Business Resource
• Business Center for a College- and Career- Ready America – The GE Foundation and
AT&T, with...
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CCSS for Business Leaders

  1. 1. Understanding the Higher Standards: What Every Business Leader Needs to Know Woodinville Rotary 4.22.14 Northshore School District: Jeanne Flahiff, MA, NBCT Patty Stephens, MEd., NBCT
  2. 2. WHAT IS THE NEED FOR HIGHER STANDARDS? •  Student performance is too low •  Current standards are too low
  3. 3. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Student performance is too low Thirty percent of high school graduates can’t pass the U.S. military entrance exam focused just on basic reading and math skills.
  4. 4. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Student performance is too low The United States has more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs vacant because there aren’t enough qualified people to fill them.
  5. 5. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Student performance is too low A McKinsey & Company survey found that 87 % of educational institutions thought they had prepared their students well for employment… but only 49 % of employers agreed that their new employees had the training they needed.
  6. 6. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Student performance is too low A Deloitte survey found that 63% of life science and aerospace firms report shortages of qualified workers. Many executives fear this problem will accelerate as 60 % of the existing workforce in the defense and aerospace industries reaches retirement age in the coming decade.
  7. 7. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Student performance is too low According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only: •  35% of U.S. 4th grade students are proficient in reading •  36% of U.S. 8th grade students are proficient in math
  8. 8. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Student performance is too low 80% of entering college freshmen are not prepared academically for first-year courses, according to ACT.
  9. 9. What is the NEED for Higher Standards? Current Standards are too low A 2010 report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute showed that Common Core State Standards are clearer and more rigorous than standards used by 39 states in math and 37 states in reading. In 33 states, the new standards are superior in both math and reading.
  10. 10. Who: National Governors Association Council of Chief State School Officers Educators and experts from states across the nation What: Nationally Benchmarked Standards When: Released 2010 Why: Disparity in State Standards Recognition that many students graduate unprepared for college and careers. Development of the Standards: “Better, Fewer, Deeper”
  11. 11. Adoption: Standards Across the Nation By 2011, 46 states and the District of Columbia (80% of K–12 student population) adopted the Common Core standards as their own.
  12. 12. Adoption: Standards Across the Nation Some states have rebranded the CCSS as state standards (i.e. NY) and have added additional standards not mentioned in the CCSS (i.e. handwriting).
  13. 13. 13   http://vimeo.com/51933492 What are the Common Core State Standards?
  14. 14. The Common Core Standards ARE: Replacements of existing State Standards Grade-by-grade K-12 standards •  Mathematics •  English Language Arts and Literacy in History, Science, and Technical Subjects
  15. 15. The Common Core Standards ARE: Based on learning progressions Created to preparing students for success in college and career Better, Fewer, Deeper
  16. 16. What Improvements Can We Expect in Student Learning? Students will … Enter college taking credit bearing class rather than remedial ones Enter career options with high literacy and numeracy skills to begin specialized training immediately
  17. 17. How does CCSS affect state testing? •  New CCSS tests aligned to college and career readiness standards in Math and in ELA will replace the old tests in Spring 2015 •  Emphasis on both content and application •  Passing 11th Grade Test = College and Career Ready
  18. 18. How Will CCSS Change Teaching? 74% of all teachers in Common Core states say implementation will require them to make changes in their teaching practice.
  19. 19. MAJOR CHANGES: The Shifts in Mathematics 1.  Focus: Focus strongly where the standards focus 2.  Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics 3.  Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity
  20. 20. MAJOR CHANGES: The Shifts in ELA/Literacy 1. Building knowledge through content- rich nonfiction 2.  Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational 3.  Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
  21. 21. Common Core: It Takes All of Us •  Students   •  Teachers   •  Parents     •  Community  Business  Members   •  Colleges  and  Universi8es   •  Technical  Training  Programs  
  22. 22. Questions and Answers:
  23. 23. Additional Business Resource • Business Center for a College- and Career- Ready America – The GE Foundation and AT&T, with Chevron and the Prudential and Travelers foundations, collaborated with Achieve to create resources to help businesses support college and career readiness for all students. http://www.businessandeducation.org • Conservatives for Higher Standards – Website by Foundation for Excellence in Education to highlight the conservative arguments in favor of the Common Core. http://highercorestandards.org • TheCommonCore.com – A business-led effort by ExxonMobil with The Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce connects supporters of the Common Core directly with state legislators and provides alerts when new or increased opposition to the standards emerges. http://thecommoncore.com • The Hunt Institute’s Box.com – File-sharing site offers a variety of tools, resources, and information to help with communicating about the Common Core, including resources featuring supportive quotes and favorable arguments put forward by business leaders. https://app.box.com/s/4m7gjixj3pt1dgja16im • UpGrade AmericaToolkit – The Business Coalition for Student Achievement offers template materials, talking points, and supporting facts to help business leaders make the economic case for meaningful education reform. http://www.biz4achievement.org/files/Upgrade_ %20America_Communications_Toolkit_2013.pdf • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Common Core E-Toolkit – Toolkit designed to help business leaders communicate with peers, employees and others about the new standards and assessments.The toolkit includes background materials to help users better understand and advocate for the standards. http://www.businessforcore.org/

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