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Common Core State Standards

Crofton Elementary PTA Meeting

September 16, 2013


Why Common Core Standards?


Why Common Core Standards?

Top 10 Things Parents Need to Know about the Common Core State Standards


  • What are the Common Core State Standards?

  • A multi-state effort to provide a clear and consistent framework of instruction.

  • These rigorous education standards

  • establish a set of shared goals and

  • expectations for what students should

  • understand and be able to do in

  • grades K- 12 in order to be

  • prepared for success in

  • college and the workplace.


  • What are the Common Core State Standards?

  • Were developed in collaboration with teachers, administrators, researchers, and experts.

  • Provides for robust instruction that is relevant to the real world.

  • Maryland was one of the first States in the nation to adopt the CCSS in reading/English language arts and mathematics.


  • Major Shifts

  • in Literacy

  • Building knowledge by reading complex fiction and non-fiction texts

  • Reading, writing, speaking and listening activities grounded in evidence from text(s)


  • Major Shifts

  • in Literacy

  • Close reading activities focused on strategies, skills, and academic vocabulary

  • Students responding to text-dependent questions

  • Short-term and long-term focused research assignments


What Types of Reading Will My

Child Encounter ?

50% literary texts and 50%

informational texts in elementary school

40% literary text and 60% informational texts in middle school

30% literary texts and 70% Informational in high school


  • Writing

  • Narrative Writing

  • Personal narrative, fiction, historical, fantasy,

  • memoir, biography, narrative non-fiction

  • Opinion/Argument Writing

  • Opinion letter, review, personal essay, persuasive essay,

  • Literary essay, historical essay, petition, tutorial

  • Informational and Functional/Procedural Writing

  • Fact sheet, news article, blog, website, report, analytical memo, research report, non-fiction book, how-to book, directions, recipe, lab report


Major Shifts in Mathematics

Focus: to narrow and deepen mathematics in the classroom

Coherence: think across grades, and links to major topics within grades

Fluency: students can quickly and accurately determine simple calculations


8 Standards of Mathematical Practice

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively

3. Construct viable arguments and

critique the reasoning of others

4. Model with mathematics


8 Standards of Mathematical Practice

5. Use appropriate tools strategically

6. Attend to precision

7. Look for and make use of structure

8. Look for and express regularity in

repeated reasoning


Laying the Seeds…


PARCC Assessments

(Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career)

  • 2014-2015

  • 2. Computer Based

  • 3. Two Components

    • Performance Based Assessment (PBA)

      • Short and extended response

      • Given after 75% of the school year (around March)

    • End of Year Assessment (EOY)

      • Mostly short answer

      • Given after 90% of the school year (around May)


PARCC Assessments

  • Types of Questions

    • Evidence-Based Selected Response (EBSR)

    • Technology Enhanced Constructed Response (TECR)

    • Prose Constructed Response (PCR)


ELA PARCC Assessments

  • Types of Tasks

  • Type I: Narrative Task

  • Type II: Literary Analysis Task

  • Type III: Simulated Research Task

  • Each task will require students to:

  • read one or more texts

  • answer several short comprehension and vocabulary questions

  • write and essay that requires them to draw evidence form the text(s)


Math PARCC Assessments

  • Types of Tasks

  • Type I: Assess concepts, skills, and procedures

    • Common Core State Standards tested

    • 68% of score

    • PBA and EOY

  • Type II: Assess expression mathematical reasoning

    • Common Core State Standards tested

    • Standards 3 & 6 of Mathematical Practices

    • 17% of score

    • PBA

  • Type III: Assess modeling & applications

    • Common Core State Standards tested

    • Standards 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 of Mathematical Practices

    • 15% of score

    • PBA


  • Questions??


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