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Sample Items and Performance Tasks | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Sample Items and Performance Tasks | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments.

 

These sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments.

 

They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. While the items and tasks are not intended to be used as sample tests, educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments.

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SAT® Report: Only 43 Percent of 2012 College-Bound Seniors Are College Ready

SAT® Report: Only 43 Percent of 2012 College-Bound Seniors Are College Ready | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Readiness released today revealed that only 43 percent of SAT® takers in the class of 2012 graduated from high school with the level of academic preparedness associated with a high likelihood of college success. These findings are based on the percentage of students in the class of 2012 who met the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark, which research shows is associated with higher rates of enrollment in four-year colleges, higher first-year college GPAs and higher rates of retention beyond the first year.

 

"This report should serve as a call to action to expand access to rigor for more students," said College Board President Gaston Caperton. "Our nation's future depends on the strength of our education system. When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing. We must make education a national priority and deliver rigor to more students."

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Rubrics: Common Core State Standards, Turnitin and GradeMark

Turnitin provides preloaded writing rubrics aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to use with GradeMark.

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How college and career ready are the 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates?

How college and career ready are the 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT® test scores, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012 provides a series of graphical pictures highlighting the college and career readiness of the ACT-tested high school class of 2012.

 

What's the connection between Common Core State Standards and  performance on the ACT test?

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Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server

Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Looks like curiosity killed the cat... or crashed the server. :) Tell me there aren't some eager beavers out there who can't wait to see what the PARCC assessment items are going to look like.  

 

The newest round of sample test items from PARCC are aimed at helping teachers transition to the Common Core State Standards and prepare for the PARCC assessments by showing how key shifts in the math and English/language arts standards are "integrated into the design" of the new computer-based tests, stated the consortium.

 

ELA items focus on "texts worth reading" and "questions worth answering." The items are linked to the measured standard and how it connects to PARCC's Model Content Frameworks.  Check all @ http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

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Common Core State Standards confirm ATOS readability formula as a reliable, valid text complexity measure

Common Core State Standards confirm ATOS readability formula as a reliable, valid text complexity measure | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In a supplement to Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, Renaissance Learning's ATOS readability formula is listed as a valid, reliable measure of text complexity as required by the Common Core State Standards.

 

Renaissance Learning has also made a number of recent enhancements to its AR BookFinder book searching tool—one of the largest collections of quantitative and qualitative text complexity information available at www.arbookfind.com. Educators can now conduct searches for book titles listed in CCSS Appendix B: Text Exemplars.

 

In addition, the company's What Kids Are Reading 2012 report's nonfiction lists were added as search criteria so that parents and educators can guide students to appropriate nonfiction books of interest, helping satisfy the CCSS reading requirements. AR BookFinder includes nearly 70,000 nonfiction titles across all content areas.

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PARCC Assessment Priorities

PARCC Assessment Priorities | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In a nutshell, what do the PARCC assessments aim to do?

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Darren Burris's comment, August 17, 2012 9:29 AM
I am also trying to unpack some of this content at www.parccinma.wordpress.com if your interested!
Deb Gardner's comment, August 27, 2012 9:29 PM
Thanks, Darren! I'll take a look see. :)
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How Will Student Data Be Used?

How Will Student Data Be Used? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Now that most states are moving forward with implementing  common core standards and common assessments, an infrastructure is being developed to store and share student learning data (nine states only so far).

 

As I see it, we're moving closer to IEPs for ALL students based on a data pool that can be retrieved, interpreted and put into action. 

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

Better Standards + Better Assessment = Better Data | ECS: Common Core Central | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How do schools districts, administrators, teachers, students and parents use data?  We collect it, we store it, but how is it actually used? And how is its use evaluated?

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CTB/McGraw-Hill Expands Common Core Assessment Line -- THE Journal

CTB/McGraw-Hill Expands Common Core Assessment Line -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A major player in the K-12 education technology arena has introduced a new set of assessment tools to gauge student achievement in five areas.
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PARCC: Draft Version of College Readiness with Performance Descriptors

Discussion draft provided by PARCC. Defines what it means to be "college ready" with performance level descriptors.

 

I wonder if this could be the beginning of truly identifying students' performance on rigorous standards instead of "seat time."  Would early college entry and more advanced coursework be in their future?

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Online Common Core Test Items Released by Smarter Balanced Consortium -- THE Journal

Online Common Core Test Items Released by Smarter Balanced Consortium -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released a sizable sampling of online assessment items, giving teachers, educational leaders, and members of the public an early look at what kinds of items and tasks will appear on the high-stakes tests that are due to debut in the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Smarter Balanced is one of two consortia issued grants from the United States Department of Education to develop an assessment system that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. The other consortium, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), shared its samples in August.

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The harm of local grading in a world of standards: what NAEP reveals

The harm of local grading in a world of standards: what NAEP reveals | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This blog post discusses what criterion referenced assessment reveals for schools using norm referenced assessments - good thoughts here with good explanations, examples and challenges to think about.

 

Now that most states are implementing rigorous standards (CCSS) and teachers are able to choose the best curriculum, methods and tools to teach with, how will we give the most meaningful feedback to bring students' work up to the proficient level?  

 

Further, how will we communicate the importance to push through difficulties and obstacles that students are likely to encounter when they may not be used to this? Building student investment and resourcefullness in the importance of meeting academic challenges is as important as building their self-esteem and protecting their feelings when they don't perform.

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Common Core Pushes K-12 Tests To Go Digital

Common Core Pushes K-12 Tests To Go Digital | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Here’s how student performance on the Common Core standards will be assessed using digital tools in K-12 schools.  Technology requirements are also included.

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Angela K. Adams's curator insight, October 24, 2015 2:50 PM

Government issues - I chose this article because it definitely relates to the struggles IAF was having last year when we had to shift our state standardized test to computerized assessment.  It was extremely difficult for both staff and students.  I hope to share this resource with all staff in order to inform them on the requirements for common core, standardized tests and how technology is a requirement and should be used more often in the classroom.

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Assessment and the Common Core Standards

Assessment and the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ELA CCSS Assessments and the AP English Language Exam - Alike or Not? What types of formative assessments can be used to check for understanding in the areas of major shifts in the ELA CCSS?

 

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Ted Caron's comment, August 29, 2012 9:47 AM
This is a good one.
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PARCC Releases Prototype Test Items for Next-Gen Assessments -- THE Journal

PARCC Releases Prototype Test Items for Next-Gen Assessments -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the two consortia working on online versions of high-stakes tests has released its first set of exam item prototypes; and if these samples reflect the direction of the full array of next-generation assessments in language arts and math, students can mostly kiss the standard multiple-choice bubble question goodbye.

 

Production versions of the new exams are scheduled to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015.

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Achieve the Core Offers Supplement to CCSS Appendix A: New Research on Text Complexity

Text complexity is central to the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and this document provides new research on the topic to support educators in implementing the standards.

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Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments

Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“What we are starting to see here are tests that really get at a deeper understanding on the part of students, not just superficial knowledge,” said Robert L. Linn, an assessment expert and professor emeritus of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder who reviewed a sampling of the consortia’s materials. “But unless students are really prepared for them, it’s going to be a huge challenge.”

 

A constructed-response item for 11th graders asks them to read excerpts from an 1872 speech by women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony and the “Second Treatise of Civil Government” by English philosopher John Locke, published in 1690. They must identify the ideas common to both pieces and discuss how Locke’s ideas support Anthony’s arguments, citing evidence from each to support their interpretations.

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New York provides much-needed Common Core assessment guidance

New York provides much-needed Common Core assessment guidance | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A few states have started to provide more guidance for teachers in order to plan for teaching with CCSS. To that end, the New York department of education has released a set of sample assessment questions for grades 3-8 for both ELA and math.

 

But are the new samples any different than the assessments they replaced? Ms. Porter-Magee takes a deeper look at the ELA samples and gives her "two cents."

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Common Standards Adoption and Assessments

Common Standards Adoption and Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This infographic follows the progression of the recent common-standards movement.

 

BTW visually representing info and stats through infographics is quickly catching on and there are several web 2.0 tools to help students communicate data and its relevance using them.  Consider viewing Richard Byrne's post that provides three sources: 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/06/three-free-tools-for-creating.html

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How TEA (Technology Enhanced Assessments) Will Be the Game Changer for Assessment Data

“The way the Common Core comes to life is through the assessments,” observed Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. “If we get this right, we will put our students on a course for a better future.”

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How top-down policies undermine instruction and feed the testing and accountability backlash

How top-down policies undermine instruction and feed the testing and accountability backlash | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Many of these top-down district policies stem from the earnest desire to replicate the practices of the best and most effective teachers. Unfortunately, what too many state and district leaders miss is that you can’t script your way to great instruction from district offices or from the statehouse. And trying to do so saps teacher and principal buy-in and morale, often while making instruction less effective."

 

KIPP and Uncommon Schools are evidence of "many routes, same destination." Given the "destination", can we give school leaders and teachers the autonomy to "map the route" based on the needs of their students?

 

So many valid points here - I believe teachers and admins will resonate with them.

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