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How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 1 - Defining the Tasks

How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 1 - Defining the Tasks | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core calls for an assessment system that cannot be entirely based on multiple choice test items. The standards ask students to demonstrate complex competencies that go beyond the basic knowledge and skills commonly tested -- and testable -- in the traditional format.

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INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning! | Teacher Librarian

INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning! | Teacher Librarian | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

INFOhio’s IMatrix helps educators practice inquiry-based instruction that aligns to skills embedded within the content standards of the four core curriculum areas: English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. By searching the IMatrix, educators can easily see how skills are scaffolded across grades for students and find resources that will help them teach those skills, find interdisciplinary connections, and help plan quality instruction.


The IMatrix uses the six Dimensions of Inquiry as its unifying instructional model. The Dimensions of Inquiry, first identified through an environmental scan of various inquiry models, include the following skills:

  1. Questioning
  2. Locating Information
  3. Evaluating Information
  4. Applying Information
  5. Sharing Knowledge
  6. Reflecting on Learning
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Again, one of the advantages of common standards is leveraging "common" exemplary resources.  

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