Considering the Common Core Standards

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:

  1. critical thinking
  2. delving deeper into content
  3. having the students explain the problem
  4. read informational text
  5. learn/use vocabulary
  6. learn less material in greater depth

So the question is what “new” elements are the Common Core bringing?

Assessment for Common Core

PARCC received an $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top assessment competition to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.



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.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) logo

In 2011, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) celebrated its tenth anniversary as the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.

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

More Resources

I invite you to add any good resources you have for teaching using common core.

Sophie is, currently, a User Interface Engineer and has almost a decade of experience designing & implementing cross-browser websites/applications using the latest technologies. Sophie combines her technical expertise with experience in pedagogy to provide students with authentic learning experiences.

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