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Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.
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OpenEd Releases a New Tool for Creating Common Core-aligned Practice Assessments

OpenEd Releases a New Tool for Creating Common Core-aligned Practice Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

OpenEd is a free service that has created a huge catalog of educational videos and games that you can browse by topic, grade level, or Common Core standard. The service launched last fall and has steadily added new features since then. The latest addition to OpenEd is an assessment creation tool.

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Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core

Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In light of the math common standards' emphasis on performance tasks and constructing arguments, however, Pecsi said teachers will need to begin using more inquiry-based problem-solving. That might entail "20 minutes of students digging deep into one problem and debating," she said. "Ideally that could be an entire lesson eventually. And that would drastically change what our formative assessment looks like."


Rather than asking multiple-choice questions or scanning quickly for right and wrong, teachers will need to be attuned to what students are saying during those discussion and debate sessions. "If you're walking around with a clipboard or notebook as kids are working through application, you're hearing, are they using mathematical thinking? Are they attending to precision? How well are they using the mathematical practices?" said Pecsi.

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Formative assessment's about to take on a new look in common core classrooms.

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Performance Assessment Re-Emerging in Schools

Performance Assessment Re-Emerging in Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Looking for better ways to measure the "deeper learning" goals of the common standards, schools are increasingly turning to formalized performance tasks.

 

In recent months, performance assessment has become a hot topic in education. That's thanks in large part to the Common Core State Standards, which are expected to spur the use of performance tasks in classes and on standardized tests. A growing skepticism of the value and use of "bubble-in" answers has also played a role.

 

In a sense, the idea of performance assessment reflects the old math-class decree to "show your work." The goal is to measure not just the final result but the process a student takes to get there. It's a form of formative assessment designed to match equally deep instruction—the kind of instruction, in other words, that's supposed to flourish under the common core.

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NAESP | National Association of Elementary School Principals

NAESP | National Association of Elementary School Principals | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

After more than a decade of test-driven, high-stakes accountability in the No Child Left Behind era, many educators and policymakers in the United States are looking to move toward a more thoughtful approach. Rather than maintaining a system that uses narrow measures of student achievement to sanction poorly performing schools, the push is now to implement next-generation learning goals that encourage higher-order thinking skills.

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Ms. Darling-Hammond sums up with critical questions regarding assessments:

How can we engage students in assessments that measure higher order thinking and performance skills—and use these to transform practice?

 

How can these assessments be used to help students become independent learners, and help teachers learn about how their students learn?

 

How can teachers be enabled to collect evidence of student learning that captures the most important goals they are pursuing, and then to analyze and reflect on this evidence—individually and collectively— to continually improve their teaching?

 

What is the range of measures we believe could capture the educational goals we care about in our school?

 

How could we use these to illustrate and extend our progress and successes as a school?

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States Examine Cost, Quality of Common Core Assessments

States Examine Cost, Quality of Common Core Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“What gets tested is what gets taught,” said Joan Herman, co-director emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA. “To the extent that the assessments well represent the spirit and meaning of the standards, the spirit and meaning of the standards will get taught. Where the assessments fall short, curriculum, instruction and teaching will likely fall short as well.”

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SPOT ON, Ms. Herman! 

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How to create assessments for the Common Core | eSchool News | eSchool News

How to create assessments for the Common Core | eSchool News | eSchool News | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Assessments for Common Core require more than just multiple-choice. Learn how to create assessments that measure concepts, not facts.
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McTighe weighs in on creating assessments for CCSS applying backward design.

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McTighe emphasized that through its detailed standards, the aim of Common Core—as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—is autonomous transfer, or student comprehension and understanding of concepts, rather than facts.

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Teacher-Developed Common Core-Aligned Assessment Tools Available on CORE Open Source Site

SACRAMENTO – The California Office to Reform Education (CORE) has posted online a bank of 60 teacher-developed Performance Assessment Modules that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and to the Smarter Balanced Assessments. These assessment resources were developed by cross-district groups of teachers that participated in CORE’s 2012 Summer Design Institute, and were piloted in classrooms over the 2012-2013 school year.

 

The Performance Assessment Modules are a freely available resource for educators everywhere to use to inform their instructional plans.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Are the SBAC and PARCC Technology Requirements Fair?

Shanahan on Literacy: Are the SBAC and PARCC Technology Requirements Fair? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It seems the test is automatically biased towards wealthier schools with more technology, technology teachers, and parents that buy technology for the children as "toys". How can we be sure that PARCC is assessing their reading and math, not their technology skills? Also, how can we help prepare our students for the types of technology skills they will be required to perform with PARCC?

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States Grapple With Common Test-Score Cutoffs

States Grapple With Common Test-Score Cutoffs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The push by the assessment consortia to establish high targets for when student are deemed 'college ready' risks causing a steep drop in students' results.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:12 AM
Just read this article wherein is quoted Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester: "Our system isn't ready to deliver a college-ready education to all our students off the bat," he said. "I don't want to get there by having students punished by not meeting that bar."

Chester was speaking about cut scores for the Common Core Assessments to be set by PARCC and SBAC.... Chester said it doesn't make sense to expect teenagers to suddenly meet a college-ready bar in order to graduate, when four in 10 students who pass the MCAS have to take at least one remedial class in state colleges or universities.

I appreciate that he isn't putting the blame on just kids or just parents or just teachers: he is speaking about "the sytem." Yes, getting kids college ready takes a team--a system. No one person can do it alone.
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Most Students Are Unprepared for College, SAT Results Show

Most Students Are Unprepared for College, SAT Results Show | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Less than half of those who took the test in 2013 scored high enough to indicate success in higher education, a study found. Only 43 percent of the test takers this year met or exceeded the benchmark score of 1550 out of a possible 2400, the same proportion as last year.


Those who reach that number, according to the College Board, have a greater chance of attaining a B-minus average or higher during their first year of college and persisting to graduation. The mean score for 2013 was 1498.


For more test takers to reach a score of 1550, rigorous coursework will have to become more widely accessible, said David Coleman, president of the College Board.


Mr. Coleman plans to better align the SAT with the Common Core State Standards, which he helped write. They prescribe what students should learn, in English and mathematics, from kindergarten through high school. His proposal to make the essay portion of the SAT more analytical has been met by a mix of applause and apprehension.

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Three Instructional Shifts for Assessments

Three Instructional Shifts for Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Making the shift to our new learning standards includes shifting the way we think about assessment too.  Assessment is a part of instruction. Start with an honest conversation with yourself about the role of assessments in your classroom.  How have you remodeled your assessments to match the depth of knowledge expected in the standards? How do you use assessments as tools to collect evidence of student learning? How do your students view your assessments?  What is your vision for assessment? How do you use a balance of Formative and Summative assessments?  These same questions can be asked at your team meetings, staff meetings or district leadership meetings.

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Granted, and... (some thoughts and oughts from Grant Wiggins)

Granted, and... (some thoughts and oughts from Grant Wiggins) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As Dave Barry used to say, “alert readers will have noticed” that I have been MIA in my blog. I had a good excuse: my last week of work in Paris at ASP and 3 straight weeks of Summer Institutes. I finally have some down time, so before I head to the back porch with a G & T, let me make a few observations.

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Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In a June 10 letter, a senior Gates Foundation official says the philanthropy supports a two-year moratorium on using assessments aligned with the common core to evaluate teachers or promote students.
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Smarter Balanced Awards Contract to Develop Formative Assessment Tools for Educators

Smarter Balanced Awards Contract to Develop Formative Assessment Tools for Educators | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced the award of a contract to develop a Digital Library of formative assessment practices and professional learning resources for educators. Amplify Insight, formerly known asWireless Generation, will work with Consortium member states and teachers to create professional development materials and instructional resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

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Assessment to the Core: Assessments That Enhance Learning

Assessment to the Core: Assessments That Enhance Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Assessment to the Core: Assessments that Enhance Learning, a free webinar presented by Jay McTighe
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“What is assessed signals what is important to learn. How it is assessed signals how it should be learned.” Jay McTighe

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PARCC assessment influences local assessment design

PARCC assessment influences local assessment design | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The math committee met today to continue our work creating local assessments. During our learning time we walked through 6 sample PARCC assessment items. Note: The math questions come after the ELA so keep hitting the right arrow until you get to the grade 6-8 math questions.

 
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PARCC Sample Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice

PARCC Sample Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. -- Teachers in 18 states and the District of Columbia have new resources to help them prepare their students for upcoming field tests. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has posted sample test items for every grade on the testing platform students will use when taking the field test later this spring.  
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Definitely going to spend some time in here today!

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Are We Asking the Right Questions? Common Core Aligned Questions

Are We Asking the Right Questions? Common Core Aligned Questions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This school year I have been spending time studying the most recent New York State ELA assessment that was created to align with the Common Core.  Looking at the question stems for the multiple choice, short answer, and extended responses, it is obvious that the assessment is not asking basic comprehension questions. Rather, students are expected to read for understanding and answer questions related to vocabulary in context, inference, figurative language, and author’s purpose.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Teaching to the test? Ok in my book if this is the approach.  

 

Maybe the question shouldn't be "are we 'teaching to the test", but rather, what kind of test are we teaching to.

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California Districts Build Performance Assessments for Common Core

California Districts Build Performance Assessments for Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Eight districts that have won federal permission to create their own way of holding themselves accountable for results have created a set of open-source performance tasks to guide common-core instruction.
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CORE districts will use these as formative assessments. The units can be viwed here:

http://coredistricts.org/our-work/standards-and-data-assessments/

 

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Replacing FCATs a Tall Task For State

Replacing FCATs a Tall Task For State | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE | The start of the new year means the start of a herculean task for the state education department: choosing, and then deploying, the next generation of standardized tests. The time frame is tight.
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More Than 1,200 Schools Will Take Part in Testing Tryouts

More Than 1,200 Schools Will Take Part in Testing Tryouts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

More than 1,200 schools will participate this spring in the first widespread tryoutsof the state’s new online testing that will replace the current exams in 2014-15.

 

The state Department of Education released the list of 1,267 public schools and charter schools chosen to field-test different sections of the new exams.

 

The testing – know as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) -- will ultimately be administered to students in Grades 3-11 in language arts and math. The tests will be entirely online, replacing and expanding on the state’s current pencil and paper testing, and will be aligned with the new national Common Core State Standards.

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PARCC testing news from New Jersey...

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An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

When Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe wrote Understanding by Design (UbD) they did what no other educator had ever accomplished. They unequivocally cast assessment in the central role of teaching and learning by making the forceful argument that testing should not be the afterthought of instruction, but the central point of instruction.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Wiggins again makes the argument for creating the assessment after identifying the standards that will be taught. 

 

I still see a standardized assessment to measure student progress on Common Core Standards as a plus. We've seen what's happened in the past in some states when they design standardized tests and adjust cut scores.  Even if states adopt CCSS, the assessment (whether it's PARCC, SBAC or some other test) used to measure progress is key to how those standards are taught and what type of learning (memorization, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) is valued in the classroom.

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