Considering the Common Core
I’m going through the concepts of the common core again. As I do this, I realize I had been implementing these ideas long before the standards came about:
- critical thinking
- delving deeper into content
- having the students explain the problem
- read informational text
- learn/use vocabulary
- learn less material in greater depth
So the question is what “new” elements are the Common Core bringing?
Assessment for Common Core
The NJ ASK & HSPA will be phased out and replaced by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). We should expect these to be computer-based online assessments for the 2014-15 school year. In fact, a multi-year project is already in motion to determine the NJ districts’ IT capabilities and to compare it to what will be needed to implement this large scale on-line testing.
SETDA is working in close partnership with the leadership of both major assessment consortia – the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) – to address the issue of technology readiness for school participation in the computer-based assessment systems they will be deploying starting in the 2014-15 school year.
Explaining the Common Core State Standards
I invite you to add any good resources you have for teaching using common core.