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A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core'

A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core' | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New assessments for the Common Core State Standards Initiative should pay particular attention to how formative tests designed within the assessment systems can improve outcomes for English-language learners, a researcher from WestEd contends in a paper released this week. He says that formative assessments should directly inform teacher instruction and student learning through various practices, tools, and processes.


While the least used in U.S. schools, formative assessments may hold the greatest promise for improving outcomes for English-language learners, Linquanti says. He writes that formative assessments take place within instruction through informal observations and conversations as well as carefully planned methods that give teachers a chance to gather evidence.

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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Rubrics for the Common Core

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Rubrics for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Educators are busy re-mapping and re-working curriculum at all levels to align with the Common Core State Standards(CCSS).  As I began to take a look at this monumental initiative, I decided a way I might help was to identify the rubrics that have been developed thus far for assessment of these standards. Some states started earlier than others with this project and I am sure additional resources will be showing up on the Web soon!

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Also note an engageNY resource for evaluation CCSS lessons and rubrics, here.

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Infographic: The Countdown to Next-Gen Assessments - Getting Smart by Sarah Cargill -

Infographic: The Countdown to Next-Gen Assessments - Getting Smart by Sarah Cargill - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Digital Learning Now! (DLN) today released “Getting Ready for Online Assessments,” the third interactive paper in the DLN Smart Series, which provides recommendations for states and districts to prepare for new, online assessments in the wake of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation in the 2014-15 school year.

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Assessment Group Cuts Back Diagnostic, Formative Work

Assessment Group Cuts Back Diagnostic, Formative Work | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
One of the two big groups of states that are designing tests for the Common Core State Standards [PARCC] has pared back its plans to produce diagnostic and formative assessment tools because it had to use more of its available funding to create summative tests.
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Test Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics | EngageNY

Test Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics | EngageNY | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In order to best assess student learning of the CCLS, the Department has developed new Grade 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests. These new tests will be administered beginning in the spring 2013 and assess only CCLS.

 

In an effort to provide educators with as much support as possible regarding the instructional and assessment shifts necessitated by the Common Core, the Department has prepared 2013 Test Guides for each subject and grade. The Test Guides integrate important instructional and assessment information into a single document and detail how the CCLS in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be measured on the 2013 tests and supplement the other Common Core implementation resources found on EngageNY.

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Standardized Testing and the Common Core

Standardized Testing and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This might be worth marking your calendars and following the conversation on Twitter (#BCTesting).

 

Student performance on standardized tests is increasingly being used to measure the quality of education provided by teachers and schools.

 

On November 29, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will release a study, authored by Matthew M. Chingos, describing the assessment systems currently in place in states around the country. The report contains new data on state spending on testing as well as the characteristics of the tests taken by students across the country. After a keynote address delivered by College Board President David Coleman, panelists will respond to the report and discuss the important decisions states will face over the next few years as many implement the Common Core standards and transition to new tests.

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From Standards to Units and Lessons: Using the Tri-State Rubric

From Standards to Units and Lessons: Using the Tri-State Rubric | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Districts are moving at different speeds with adoption of the standards, but many are now seriously considering how to look through their lessons and align, revise or redesign them either for the first time or for the second or third time to the Common Core State Standards. One of the many great tools that are available to teachers is the tri-state rubric jointly developed by Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts.

 

The rubric can be used in a variety of ways and for different purposes. Access this resource to view the rubrics for Math and ELA. A series of videos on the development, design and use of the rubric is also provided.

 

 

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All Eyes on Kentucky on November 2nd

All Eyes on Kentucky on November 2nd | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Kentucky was the first state to adopt and implement the Common Core Standards and the the results of the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests will be released on November 2nd. 

 

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has warned districts that scores will be lower as a result of the new standards, higher rigor and the fact that the scale tops at 100, not 140. KDE has projected proficiency in reading to drop 36% in elementary schools, 30% in middle schools and 25% in high schools. Additionally, math proficiency is expected to drop 37% in elementary, 29% in middle schools and 10% in high schools.

 

Commissioner Terry Holliday adds, “The results of the Kentucky assessments are more closely aligned to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Those results report proficiency at a much higher level than most state tests. Being proficient on NAEP is similar to our new college and career ready proficiency.”

 

Lastly, the state will report each school/district's achievement and accountability score at elementary, middle and high school and include the following weighted elements: achievement, gap, growth, college/career readiness and graduate rate.

 

 

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Six months to Common Core-aligned tests, details start to flow | Gotham Schools

Six months to Common Core-aligned tests, details start to flow | Gotham Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Next year's state tests will be shorter, quieter, and potentially more offensive, state education officials said today.

 

These changes and others will be detailed in the state’s annual testing guide, which officials said they aimed to release by the end of this month. In contrast to past years, when the guides were targeted to principals and contained mostly technical information, this year’s guide will be meant for classroom teachers, too.

 

The guide will contain not only sample questions, which are already available in limited form, but also details about the weight that will be given to different standards and rubrics for how written responses will be graded.

 

Officials warned again today that test scores are likely to fall statewide as students are asked to show proficiency on tougher material than ever before.

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New tests will mean lower scores in Clark County and across Kentucky

New tests will mean lower scores in Clark County and across Kentucky | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

When the first test scores from the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests are released this week, they are expected to show lower short-term proficiency rates than seen previously on the Kentucky Core Content Tests.

 

Officials warn that because of the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the new, more rigorous K-PREP assessments tied to those standards, school districts across the state can expect anywhere from a 10- to 40-point drop in the proficiency rates.

 

Kentucky Department of Education officials are warning people not to panic about the scores because the test scores from the new assessment and accountability system are focused on the broader idea of college and career readiness — not just proficiency.

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Comparison of new and old state tests hint at challenge to come

Comparison of new and old state tests hint at challenge to come | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Educators have gotten a few hints into what new, more challenging state exams could look like this spring. To help them prepare more, city officials are encouraging them to review old exams and new sample questions side by side to see exactly what has changed.

 

While teachers waited for the state to release examples of how they are re-imagining the yearly exams to line up with new, Common Core curriculum standards, city officials offered their own comparison guide.

 

The guide took the form of a slideshow, with examples of Common Core-aligned math and English tasks developed by city officials, and an explanation of how they compared to old lessons.

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Cutting to the chase

Cutting to the chase | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As the U.S. education world eagerly awaits more information about the new assessments that two consortia of states are developing to accompany the Common Core standards, dozens of perplexing and important questions have arisen: Once the federal grants run out, how will these activities be financed? What will it cost states and districts to participate? Who will govern and manage these massive testing programs? What about the technology infrastructure? The list goes on.

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For Mr. Finn, however, it's all about the cut scores!

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With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores

With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to raise the cut scores on its state assessment in reading and math, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), based on a proposal from state Superintendent Christopher Koch. ISAT is the state exam given to students in grades 3-8 in reading and math and in grades 4-7 for science. The stated motivation for the decision was to prepare students for the more rigorous exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards set to be administered beginning in 2014-15.

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Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part Two: Linking Feedback to Action

Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part Two: Linking Feedback to Action | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it


This second webinar session, led by Doug Fisher, examines the importance of feedback in making formative assessment truly useful. The best feedback should be actionable and inform next instructional steps. In order to move students forward in reaching the standards, teachers can use their findings to catalog errors and take action on interventions.
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Part one was presented by Nancy Frey and is now archived hereand entitled, "Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part One: Linking Assessment with Content and Quality Instruction"

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How Adaptive Testing Works - Edudemic

How Adaptive Testing Works - Edudemic | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
You've heard the term 'adaptive testing' thrown around the classroom and blogosphere for quite some time. But what is it?
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Smarter Balanced (SBAC) will use adaptive, computerized assessments for Common Core. For greater detail, click here.

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Assessment and Rubrics

Assessment and Rubrics | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
List of assessment and rubric information
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Consider using/modifying some of these as you rewrite units beginning with the CCSS and assessments for learning. 

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Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in education: The traditional paper-and-pencil, fill-in-the-blank exams could become as much of a relic as learning cursive and using blackboards."
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But how will students "show their work" when solving complex math problems?  Looks like Microsoft is working on that.

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How the Common Core is Changing Assessment

The Common Core also emphasizes formative assessment data. Summative data is essential for providing programatic feedback and acheivement data within schools, across districts and even states. However, well written formative assessments still provide the classroom teacher with indepth, reliable, timely and instructionally actionable information to inform instruction. Teachers.... still the NUMBER ONE variable impacting student achievement. Creating exemplary formative assessments and using the data quickly and smartly will contribute to student success on PARCC.

 

 

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Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As teachers begin writing, teaching, evaluating and revising Common Core aligned unit plans, there are elements of teaching and assessment that will continue to move students forward (with or without CCSS).

 

John Hattie maintains: "The most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is feedback. The simplest prescription for improving education must be 'dollops of feedback." (1992)

 

In this ASCD post, Grant Wiggins identifies Seven Keys to Effective Feedback.  As a follow up, also consider referencing his 13 Practical Examples below:

http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/on-feedback-13-practical-examples-per-your-requests/

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Do the Smarter Balanced released assessment items measure up?

Do the Smarter Balanced released assessment items measure up? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Kathleen Porter-Magee offers her analysis of SBAC's assessment questions in their recently released preview of the test.  Porter-Magee maintains it's a little good, a little bad bad and some ugly.

 

Bottom line is that if teachers and students are going to be held accountable for mastery of the CCSS, it's time for SBAC to get more serious about providing assessment guidance teachers need in order to plan instruction and benchmark assessments.

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Kentucky to release new test scores in November

Kentucky to release new test scores in November | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

After months of warnings to expect lackluster scores from Kentucky's new public school assessments, the state said Monday the numbers will be released next month on Nov. 2.


The K-PREP tests replaced the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, which had been used since 1990 and measured students in terms of subject proficiency. The K-PREPs are part of a five-prong method the state will use to determine how well schools are progressing toward a goal of making students ready for higher education or a career.

 

The K-PREP tests are based on the newly adopted Common Core State Standards, which set higher benchmarks for students and they cannot be compared to previous years, which were a different test.

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Adaptive Testing Evolves to Assess Common-Core Skills

Adaptive Testing Evolves to Assess Common-Core Skills | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As many states move to put in place online testing by the 2014-15 school year, at least 20 have indicated they plan to use new computer-adaptive versions of the tests.

 

Nationally, two coalitions have received federal funding to develop English/language arts and mathematics tests for the common standards. Both coalitions—the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC—have said their assessments will feature high-tech, interactive questions that incorporate video and graphics and are designed both to identify what students know and to be more engaging.


Both assessments will be given online, but Smarter Balanced will use adaptive testing, while PARCC will use what are known as fixed-form tests, which feature set questions that generally do not change.

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As High-Stakes Online Testing Approaches, Will Your iPads Work? -- THE Journal

As High-Stakes Online Testing Approaches, Will Your iPads Work? -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As more schools invest in student iPad programs, one question still unanswered is whether or not those devices can be used for the high-stakes online tests coming in 2014.

 

Because the iPad is such a lightweight and portable device, schools may find out that they need to handle them with the same care and caution they use with paper-based test books. Of course, the potential problems that come with introducing iPads into high-stakes testing don't stop there.


For example, until Apple announced iOS 6 for the iPad, there was no simple way to lock down the device to limit its use to a single app. A student could simply press the home button to minimize the current application and search the web, capture a screen image, or get to a file stored on the device with the flick of a finger.


Pete Poggione, IT director for the Mattawan Consolidated School District in Michigan, will shortly be adding 60 iPad 2s to his schools' inventory of student devices. This initial iPad cart pilot will target kindergarten through the fifth grade. He was relieved when Apple went public with news about "guided access," a feature in iOS 6 that will allow an administrator to disable the home button and restrict touch input to certain areas of the screen. "If it does what it's supposed to do, this is going to be a game changer for high-stakes testing," Poggione proclaims.

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