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.
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating 'a state of chaos' for public school teachers.
"The Common Core standards are good. We need time to implement them, and we need to implement them without threatening school districts or teachers. Our children are smart; let's give them the chance to show us."
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…
Our education reform debate needs to stay grounded in reality.
"States developed the standards: There is no way to tell the story of the Common Core without starting with this fact: Governors and chief state school officers developed and launched the initiative that led to the creation of the standards we have today. Along the way, the effort grew to include 48 states, not all of which ultimately adopted them. This effort was aimed at elevating the quality of our standards as a nation."
"Good instruction will be the only way to truly prepare students for the assessments. Memorization, drill and test-taking strategies will no longer siphon time from instruction. As students work through well-constructed problems, they are asked to draw upon what they’ve learned and apply it to solve problems."
Under a compromise worked out by legislative leaders, Tennessee would halt its transition to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test for one year. This avoids a delay in both the exam and further implementation of the education standards for two years, which the House passed earlier this year.
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.