WASHINGTON - January 9, 2013 - Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), has released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is committed to supporting member states and territories as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Working with educators, Smarter Balanced will identify high-quality curriculum resources aligned to the CCSS and professional development strategies that can be replicated across states.
The tools and resources will be posted online and incorporated into the digital library — an on-demand resource to help teachers address learning challenges and differentiate instruction — as part of the assessment system.
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"The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has heard from a number of districts and schools concerning the Coordinate Algebra EOCT results. We understand that student achievement, as indicated by the scores, is less than desired. It is important, however, to remember that this is our first assessment that has been specifically designed to send a clear signal of college and career readiness. These results reflect the increased rigor of the content standards as well as the increased expectations for student achievement and are not unlike other indicators of college and career readiness for our state."
The main areas where students struggled include:
Representing functions/equations as graphs or words: understanding what they mean and generalizing interpretations
Using tables: equations representing relationships, conclusions, and specifying data (generalized), extending findings from the table; generalizing the interpretation of results
Geometry and the coordinate plane: graphing, applying geometric shapes, and transformation using the coordinate plane
Exponents, especially functions with time change and graphing and interpreting them
"The standards provide a road map of where students ought to be in math and English as they move from kindergarten through 12th grade, and one goal is to promote critical thinking as opposed to rote memorization."
Of the 75 urban districts analyzed in the report, only the six recognized were improving AP passing rates for black students quickly enough to narrow the achievement gap with white students while increasing or keeping participating levels steady.
By Dr. Teresa Littrell McDaniel, Assistant Principal, Jackson (TN) Central-Merry Academy
The onset of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards has raised the awareness of educators regarding the rigor of instruction in many classrooms and the depth at which teachers engage students in rigorous curriculum.