New Academic Standards - WCPSS


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  • Common Core is a National Initiative and the Essential Standards are a state level initiative . English Language Arts and Mathematics do not have two different set of standards. Their common core is their state standards. The state can add up to 15% to the common core, per Race to the Top, but DPI has not published whether or not they will do this. Technical subjects – A course devoted to a 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
  • Have been adopting them after 3.0 Science - next generation science standards (NGSS) scheduled for December2013, whether we will adopt them in NC is still up for discussion
  • The introduction to the Common Core provides a description of a College and Career Ready Student. The standards were created with this end in mind.Within the common core standards, you will find an emphasis on 21st century skills. The new teacher evaluation instrument will help guide teachers to improve, particularly as they scaffold for independence, teach students to use media effectively and ethically, and work with others to learn and create.You will also find cross disciplinary literacy skills as students learn to read critically for purpose and understanding
  • 21st century skills manifest throughout the common core standards
  • Text Complexity – readability, student’s background knowledge, reader task (what the reader is being asked to do)
  • These standards are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business, they are calls to take the next step. It is time for states to work together to build on lessons learned from two decades of standards based reforms. It is time to recognize that standards are not just promises to our children but promises we intend to keep.
  • The high school standards specify the mathematics that all students should study in order to be college and career ready. Additional mathematics that students should learn in order to take advanced courses such as calculus, advanced statistics, or discrete mathematics is indicated by (+), as in this example:(+) Represent complex numbers on the complex plane in rectangular and polar form (including real and imaginary numbers).
  • The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections. The second are the strands of mathematical proficiency specified in the National Research Council’s report Adding It Up: adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding (comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations and relations), procedural fluency (skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately), and productive disposition (habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one’s own efficacy).
  • Explain the difference between content area reading and disciplinary literacy – how literacy is used to make meaning of a discipline Technical subjects – A course devoted to a 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
  • This is for English Science SS and TechRange of Reading and Level of Text Complexity – there is one standard under this topic that is NOT articulated differently
  • Use handout of slide and ask, “The left column shows what these standards have in common. What distinguishes the math from the science?”
  • For example: History class at Stanford
  • Strands are vertical aligned – both in nomenclature and content
  • Teachers have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions to prepare for the changes.
  • New Academic Standards - WCPSS

    1. 1. Content StandardsContent standards include:• Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them• Reason abstractly and quantitatively• Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others• Model with mathematics• Use appropriate tools strategically• Attend to precision• Look for and make use of structure• Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning