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Iowa core curriculum national common core smarter balanced assessment

Iowa Core (Curriculum), National Common Core, & Smarter Balanced Assessment

Iowa core curriculum national common core smarter balanced assessment

Presenters – Kevin Fangman, DE Acting DirectorTom Deeter, DE Lead Consultant,Tony VanderZyl, IASB/ISBF Data and Assessment Consultant

A quick review of iowa standards assessment tony vanderzyl

A Quick Review of Iowa Standards & Assessment- Tony VanderZyl

Iowa standards requirements by law

Iowa Standards Requirements by Law:

  • Local school boards must adopt clear, rigorous, and challenging content standards and benchmarks in (at a minimum) reading, mathematics, and science.

  • In 2007, included in the local standards and benchmarks shall be the core content standards from Iowa's approved standards.

  • By 2013-14 all students will learn the essential concepts and skills of the Iowa Core Curriculum.

  • The State Board of Education voted 6-0 on July 29, 2010 to adopt the Common Core State Standards as part of the Iowa Core.

The isbf study of state standards

The ISBF Study of State Standards

  • There is considerable variability in the quality of state standards, assessment, and accountability.

  • Iowa’s state standards and assessment are less rigorous than the other states, but the Iowa Core Curriculum is among the most rigorous.

  • There is a significant relationship between states’ standards, assessment, and accountability and student achievement gains and gap closure on NAEP.

Bloom s taxonomy revised 2001

Bloom’s Taxonomy, revised 2001

Relationship between ed week s qc ratings and naep gains

Relationship between Ed Week’s QC Ratings and NAEP Gains

The scattergram on the following slide shows Ed Week’s QC ratings and NAEP gain for each of the fifty states

There is a significant positive relationship (r = 0.51) between higher QC ratings and greater NAEP gains

On average, each 1 point gain in QC rating is associated with 2 points in NAEP score gain

Relationship between qc ratings and naep score gains 4th 8th reading math ave all 50 states

Relationship between QC Ratings and NAEP Score Gains(4th & 8th Reading & Math Ave., All 50 States)

Five exemplary states iowa score 1 gain 3

Five Exemplary States(Iowa Score=1, Gain=3)

Three curricula

Three Curricula

  • Written Curriculum – Standards and Benchmarks

  • Assessed Curriculum – Tests and Other Achievement Measures

  • Taught Curriculum – Teaching and Learning

Curriculum rigor alignment

Curriculum Rigor Alignment

Iowa and the iowa core and the common core kevin fangman

Iowa and the Iowa Core and the Common Core- Kevin Fangman

What is the common core standards initiative

What is the Common Core Standards Initiative?

  • The Common Core Standards is an initiative led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association for states to collectively develop and adopt a core set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts

Information about the common core standards

Information about the Common Core Standards

  • Aligned with college and work expectations

  • Are clear, understandable, and consistent

  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills

  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards

  • Are informed by other top-performing countries

About the common core standards

About the Common Core Standards

  • Content not pedagogy

  • Not a curriculum but a set of shared goals and expectations for knowledge and skills to help students succeed

  • Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be taught

Did iowa adopt the common core standards

Did Iowa adopt the Common Core Standards?

  • The State Board of Education adopted the Standards in July.

  • They voted to add some additional content to the Standards on November 17.

  • A comprehensive Iowa Core document will be available Dec. 1.

What does adoption mean for iowa

What Does Adoption Mean for Iowa?

  • The content in ELA and mathematics in the Iowa Core will be replaced by the content of the Common Core

  • Allows Iowa to participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to work with other states to develop a comprehensive assessment system

The smarter balanced assessment consortium and the future of assessment in iowa tom deeter

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Future of Assessment in Iowa- Tom Deeter

Summative multi state assessment resources for teachers and educational researchers smarter

Summative Multi-state Assessment Resourcesfor Teachers and Educational Researchers (SMARTER)

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  • SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)

  • Smarter Balanced

State membership

State Membership

  • 17 Governing States

    • Decision-making

  • 14 Advisory States (incl. Iowa)

    • Give input; usually non-voting

Origin of sbac

Origin of SBAC

  • Part of Race To The Top Assessment Competition - $170 M. awarded.

  • Development Grant

Sbac assessments

SBAC Assessments

  • Based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

  • The CCSS have been adopted as the content for ELA and mathematics in the Iowa Core.

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SBAC Assessments

  • State-of-the-art adaptive online exams.

    • Summative exams (2 per year)

    • Optional interim/benchmark tests

    • Teacher tools, processes & practices for ongoing information gathering. (formative assessment process)

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SBAC Assessments

  • Measure the full range of standards in grades 3-8 and 11.

    • Problem solving; complex thinking

  • Teachers involved:

    - Item writing, scoring, design of


  • Computer platform:

    -Immediate feedback for students,

    teachers, parents and administrators

Sbac reporting system

SBAC Reporting System

  • Identifies student strengths, weaknesses, and progress toward college and career readiness.

  • Intended to be used as an assessment for federal accountability.

Iowa core curriculum national common core smarter balanced assessment


  • The SMARTER Balanced Assessment system will be operational and available during the 2014-2015 year.

  • States have to agree to give the assessment by 2014-15 or withdraw from the consortium.

Ongoing issues

Ongoing Issues

  • Technology Capacity for Computer Adaptive Testing

  • Cost to administer the assessment is projected to be $15-$20 per test administration. (ITBS/ITED administration costs about $3.00 per test administration.)

Questions iowa core national common core smarter balanced assessment

Questions –Iowa Core, National Common Core, & Smarter Balanced Assessment

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