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Supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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PARCC Recent Update: 9/18/12

Audra McPhillips, from the WWPS, shares information regarding PARCC. This webinar is a repeat performance of Monday, 9.17.2012.
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Online Assessments Test the Limits of Public School Technology - NJ Spotlight

Online Assessments Test the Limits of Public School Technology - NJ Spotlight | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Half of NJ districts lack adequate computers, Internet capacity...

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Nation's Report Card: Writing test shows gender gap

Nation's Report Card:  Writing test shows gender gap | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What do the results from the writing test from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), better known as the Nation’s Report Card, tell us?


Students were asked to perform writing tasks in three areas:

  1. To persuade, trying to change the reader’s point of view;
  2. To explain, trying to broaden a reader’s understanding of a topic
  3. To convey experience, trying to provide an account of a real or imaginary experience to a reader.


Results

  • Among eighth-graders, about 3% scored advanced, 24% scored proficient or above, 54% basic, and 20% below basic. (Because the numbers were rounded, they do not add up to 100%).
  • Among 12th-graders, about 3% scored advanced, 24% scored proficient or above, 52% basic and 21% below basic.
  • The most notable achievement gap was between males and females in both eighth and 12th grades. On average, female students in the eighth grade scored 160; their male counterparts scored 140.


Key Points for School Leaders

  1. writing improves with practice
  2. 39% of 12th-graders said they write only one page of homework or less per week in English
  3. engaging boys in “meaningful” writing as part of the curriculum
  4. providing all students with opportunities to use computers to write and edit whenever possible
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Understanding By Design (UBD) and Performance Tasks

What is UBD? What is a Performance Task?
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Will the Common Assessments Be Used as a Graduation Requirement?

Will the Common Assessments Be Used as a Graduation Requirement? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Many states plan to replace their current high school exit exams with tests being designed for the Common Core State Standards, according to a new study. And it appears that many of them will tie high school graduation decisions to those new assessments, a shift that could represent a big change in the high school completion landscape.

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State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, a report by by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, DC, USA...
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Tech Readiness Tool for Common Core Online Assessments

Digital Directions


A new readiness tool will provide a national snapshot in preparation for common core online assessments in 2014-15.

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South Carolina chooses SmarterBalanced

South Carolina chooses SmarterBalanced | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


Now that South Carolina has made its choice, the only states still participating in both consortia are Alabama, Colorado, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Five states don't belong to either group: Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, Minnesota and Alaska.

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Testing Group Wrestles With 'College Readiness' Meaning

Testing Group Wrestles With 'College Readiness' Meaning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Unable to reach consensus, one of the common assessment consortia goes back to the drawing board to define "college readiness."...
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Does Online Assessment Increase or Reduce Bias? - Getting Smart

Does Online Assessment Increase or Reduce Bias? - Getting Smart | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Dr.Mark Shermis addressed a question about the possible bias of online assessment...

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EOC Algebra I results ‘very, very misleading’

EOC Algebra I results ‘very, very misleading’ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

BY PAM BRANNON
Gulf Breeze (FL) News news@gulfbreezenews.com


“The students who are high-performing math students and may be entering career fields where they need a lot of math need to take Algebra I in eighth grade. That is the only way they will have time to get Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Calculus in before college.”

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Education's Next Big Test: The Common Core Assessments

Education's Next Big Test: The Common Core Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Pictured: Larua Slover, PARCC


By Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

June 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.


Testing in America’s K-12 schools is expected to change radically in the 2014-2015 school year under a new set of education standards adopted by most states, but challenges associated with implementing the still-undeveloped tests make the anticipated changes a tenuous prospect.

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New Tests Put States on Hot Seat as Scores Plunge

New Tests Put States on Hot Seat as Scores Plunge | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Added rigor is welcomed, but lower scores sting as states roll out new tests—and brace for Common Core.
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Two Versions of 'Common' Assessments Eyed by SBAC

Two Versions of 'Common' Assessments Eyed by SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Amid concerns about the time and expense of testing, a 25-state coalition plans to offer the choice of both a shorter and longer assessment pegged to the common-core standards.


Instead of designing one test for all of them, (SBAC) will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version.


The evolving two-pronged approach would give states the option of using a version of the Smarter Balanced test whose multiple sessions and classroom activities span

  • nearly 6½ hours in grades 3-5
  • close to seven hours in grades 6-8
  • eight hours in high school


or the group’s original version, which lasts about four hours longer in grades 3-8 and about five hours longer in high school.

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SAT scores increase as students’ household income increases

SAT scores increase as students’ household income increases | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing.” - College Board President Gaston Caperton



SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low


As the number of students taking the SAT increases, scores slipped nationally.


Poverty and Achievement


There is a significant correlation between family income and test scores on the SAT, with average scores increasing with every $20,000 in additional family income.

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With Progress Weak, Pa. Braces for Next Round of Testing

With Progress Weak, Pa. Braces for Next Round of Testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Some of the changes in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment will it more difficult to achieve Average Yearly Progress.


"If school officials think making adequate yearly progress was difficult this year, wait until they give state tests this school year."


To make AYP, schools and school districts must meet all AYP targets in all subgroups of at least 40 students.

  1. The changes include:
  2. eliminating a version of the test for certain special education students
  3. replacing the 11th-grade PSSA exams with the new end-of-course Keystone Exams
  4. offering an online version of the PSSA.
  5. In spring 2013, the target will be 91 proficient or advanced in reading and 89 percent proficient or advanced in math. The following spring, it will be 100 percent in each. In spring 2012, it was 81 percent in reading and 78 percent in math.


  • While 94 percent of school districts in 2011 made AYP, only 60.9 percent did so this year. In 2011, about three-fourths of schools made AYP, but this time it was 50.3 percent.
  • In math, the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced fell from 77.1 percent in 2011 to 75.7 percent in 2012.
  • In reading, the drop was from 73.5 percent to 71.9 percent.
  • Graduation Rates: Changes made in 2011-12 on how graduation rates are calculated will continue to present challenges for schools and districts this school year, including those with special education students who are being educated to age 21.
  1. Under the system used through 2011, the graduation rate was calculated using the "leaver" rate—how many students left their senior year.
  2. The federal government offered an option of an extended five-year or six-year rate, but Pennsylvania chose the four-year rate.
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"scores are going to be bad and there is going to be hell to pay politically" - Grant Wiggins

"scores are going to be bad and there is going to be hell to pay politically" - Grant Wiggins | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The harm of local grading in a world of standards: what NAEP reveals (Thoughtlessness part 4)


By Grant Wiggins


"Once again the recently released NAEP results reveal that American student achievement in writing is far worse than local report cards would have us believe. If the new assessments for Common Core are going to be as demanding as NAEP tests are – a likely bet – then we have a disaster in the making: scores are going to be bad and there is going to be hell to pay politically (since NAEP is not district-level reported and typically flies below the layperson radar)."

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States With High-School Exit Exams Focus More on College Readiness

States With High-School Exit Exams Focus More on College Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
National goals to produce more college graduates may have influenced the shift, says a report from a policy center at George Washington University.


"growing recognition that we are sending too many students into postsecondary education unprepared."

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ACT to Launch Next Generation College and Career Readiness Assessment System

The ACT will be the first digital, longitudinal assessment system to fully connect student performance from early elementary to high school, helping students know exactly where they are and providing insights on how to build on strengths and address weaknesses, both in and out of the classroom. The system will be linked to ACT's industry-leading College Readiness Standards(TM) and Benchmarks.

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Better Standards + Better Assessment = Better Data | ECS: Common Core Central

Better Standards + Better Assessment = Better Data | ECS: Common Core Central | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Common Core’s impact grows clearer with sample test items | GothamSchools

Common Core’s impact grows clearer with sample test items | GothamSchools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

City and state officials have promised that new curriculum standards, known as the Common Core, would de-emphasize rote learning in favor of critical thinking.

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New York State Common Core Aligned Sample Questions : APDA : P-12 : NYSED

Assessment Policy, Development and Administration, New York State Common Core Aligned Sample Questions...
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Reshaping Teaching through Managerial Use of Student Test Scores

Reshaping Teaching through Managerial Use of Student Test Scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Larry Cuban


The path of educational progress more closely resembles the flight of a butterfly than the flight of a bullet.  

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"We need a regime of no-stakes testing."

"We need a regime of no-stakes testing." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Annie Murphy Paul

Time

June 6, 2012


While the anti-testing movement gains steam, let's not deprive our children of a valuable tool for learning...

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