Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards California PTA February 26, 2013 Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow Jessica Valdez, Administrator California Department of Education. California and the Common Core State Standards.
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Transitioning to the
Common Core State Standards
February 26, 2013
Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow
Jessica Valdez, Administrator
California Department of Education
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
TOM TORLAKSONState Superintendent of Public Instruction
Source: page 33 of the CCSS for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Technical subjects – A course devoted to a practical study, such as engineering, technology, design, business, or other workforce-related subject; a technical aspect of a wider field of study, such as art or music
Source: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Appendix A
The standards for mathematics:
Are focused, coherent, and rigorous
Aim for clarity and specificity
Stress conceptual understanding of key ideas
Balance mathematical understanding and procedural skill
Are internationally benchmarked
Mathematical Practices(the same at every grade level)
Mathematical Content(different at each grade level)
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Describe ways students engage with the subject matter throughout the elementary, middle and high school years
The CCSS high school standards are organized in 6 conceptual categories:
Number and Quantity
Statistics and Probability
Advanced Placement Probability and Statistics
Modeling standards are indicated by a (*) symbol.
Standards necessary to prepare for advanced courses in mathematics are indicated by a (+) symbol.
Courses in higher level mathematics: Precalculus, Calculus (upon completion of Precalculus), Advanced Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, or other courses to be designed at a later date, such as additional career technical courses.
Traditional in U.S.
International Integrated approach
(typical outside of U.S.)
California Department of Education
California State Board of Education
Benchmarked to college and career readiness
Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning
Common Core State Standards specify
K-12 expectations for college and career readiness
All students leave high school college and career ready
Teacher resources for formative assessment practices
to improve instruction
Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for actionable feedback
To develop a set of comprehensive and innovative assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards
Students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college or a career through increased student learning and improved teaching
Computer based and computer adaptive
The assessments are scheduled to be operational in the 2014-15 school year
24 states educating approximately 20 million public K-12 students
Smarter Balanced Member States
Technology Readiness Tool Launched
Preliminary test blueprints approved
SBE adopted Common Core State Standards
STAR Program sunsets
July 1, 2014
SSPI’s Report with recommendations delivered to the Legislature January 2013
Pilot testing of Summative Assessments
Smarter Balanced assessments implemented
California joined Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Assessment reauthorization outreach effort to develop recommendations
Field testing of Summative Assessments
Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications Released
Join the CDE Smarter Balanced listserv by sending a blank e-mail to:
Contact the CDE Transition Office
Visit the Smarter Balanced
Assessment Consortium Web Site
Visit the CDE Smarter Balanced Web Page http://www.cde.ca.gov/sbac/