These Action Briefs for school leaders are a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, released this with support from MetLife Foundation.
Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the forthcoming tests from two nonprofit state assessment consortia—the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—have the potential to improve student mastery.
The new SAT will require students to cite evidence in support of their understanding of texts in both reading and writing and will emphasize evidence-based reading and writing.
1) command of evidence, and 2) relevant words in context.
The reading test drills down, more specifically, asking students to answer questions based on what is stated and implied in texts across a range of content areas and determine which portion of a text best supports the answer to a given question.
Rather than having students try to memorize lists of "SAT words" that are obscure, the new test measures vocabulary knowledge by asking about use of a certain word in the context of a science or social science passage.
Writing and Language
The writing and language test will also report two additional subscores for: 1) expression of ideas; and 2) standard English conventions.
In the writing and language section, test-takers are asked to develop, support, and refine claims in multiparagraph passages—some with accompanying graphics—and to add, revise, or delete information.
The New SAT will have students apply their math knowledge, not just do equations.
"The whole idea behind this is to have an assessment that really gets at the math students' need to be college ready ... changing the focus away from general mathematical aptitude."
Mel Riddile's insight:
If one removed the reference to SAT and The College Board from the discussion, the article would appear to be describing Common Core aligned assessments, which emphasize the following:
Application of math concepts, not just working problems
Writing from Sources while making claims and citing evidence
You may recall that the ACT contends that these changes have already been made to their assessment.
So, the two major college admissions tests, the SAT and the ACT, are fully aligned with the new Common Core Standards.
Prism is a "tool for collaborative interpretation of text," and promises to change the way teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation.
"New York State provides an object lesson in what happens when teachers lack the time and tools to adjust to a change as dramatic as Common Core. The state teachers union stridently withdrew its support from the standards, doing more to unsettle them than right wing activists ever could. Why? Union leaders claim teachers did not receive teaching materials or have time to develop and refine new lessons before their students had to take tougher state tests keyed to the new standards in late spring of 2013. When the state persisted with plans to evaluate teachers using results on state tests that the students failed in unprecedented numbers, teachers revolted."
From the Math Grades 3-5 Training Test:“Nicky has 4 packs of pencils. Each pack contains 15 pencils. In each pack, 5 pencils are blue and the rest green. Create a bar graph to show how many of each color pencils Nicky has.ȁ
Excerpted from an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer by Patrick O'Donnell on April 17, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The new Common Coretests coming to Ohio next year will force students to answer questions in ways they have never faced before on state tests.
Mel Riddile's insight:
Thoughts for Principals:
“A lot of people don’t understand how fundamentally different the work is that these standards require,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the organization representing the country’s largest urban districts. “It appears that a lot of our kids are not adequately prepared for the kinds of complex problem-solving response that they’re being asked for.”
“We will have do to a great deal in changing how we think about instruction in the classroom.” - Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Schools
Two areas of concern:
Students not knowing how to solve problems involving multiple steps,
Get ready to say goodbye to standardized bubble tests completed with a #2 pencil. Computer-based next-generation assessments, which measure students’ mastery of the Common Core, are upping the ante. Why…
"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:
‘What is your evidence?'
'How did you figure that out?’
The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”
“The United States, relatively speaking, did better on problem solving than it does on mathematics,” said Andreas Schleicher, Acting Director of Education and Skills of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
“On the one hand, students struggle with getting the very important conceptual foundations of key school subjects – mathematics is one – and at the very same time, somehow the educational environment teaches them to solve problems,” he said.
A new document from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics aims to go a step further than the Common Core State Standards in math by describing specifically what educators need to do to help students reach the new requirements.