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What is All the Talk About the Common Core?. In 2010, Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math.  The Common Core State Standards define what students need to learn in reading, writing and math in each grade to stay on track for college and careers.

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What is all the talk about the common core
What is All the Talk About the Common Core?

  • In 2010, Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. 

  • The Common Core State Standards define what students need to learn in reading, writing and math in each grade to stay on track for college and careers.

  • Common core has more rigorous expectations for student learning.


Shifts in math
Shifts in Math

  • Focused, deeper investigation of core math concepts

  • Logical progression of content to build conceptual understanding

  • Application of math concepts across disciplines

  • Focus on ‘why I got the answer’ not just ‘how to do the problem.’

  • JES has added 30 minutes to the math period and CAI is now devoted to math (Grades 3-5.) As a result, the math block is now 120 minutes.

  • Skills test is given at the end of each six weeks to determine skills mastery.

  • Strong focus on math fluency (math facts)

  • Students are now required to do a performance task on all assessments.


Shifts in english language arts
Shifts in English/Language Arts

  • Shift to informational text, not just literary texts

  • Deep investigation of fewer, more complex texts

  • Focus on forming evidence based arguments, both in writing and in speech

  • Focus on locating and gathering evidence from texts

  • Focus on building an academic vocabulary across all disciplines (JES is using Larry Bell’s 12 powerful words to assist in building an academic vocabulary.)

  • Unit tests are given each six weeks to measure skills mastery.


Larry bell s 12 power words
Larry Bell’s 12 Power Words

  • These are the words that stump students when they take standardized tests. Students may feel intimidated or confused by these words causing them to answer a question incorrectly when they know the answer.

  • Help all students. . .

    • To better understand what each question means

    • To become familiar with words that require higher order thinking skills

    • To relieve test anxiety

    • To achieve better on tests



Shifts in science social studies
Shifts in Science/Social Studies

  • Literacy is greatly integrated into the science and social studies classes.

  • Heavy emphasis on text dependent questions

  • Many project based activities in lessons

  • Communication skills are used to assess and articulate findings from projects

  • A stronger emphasis of writing is now included in the sciences (writing & lab report) and social studies (writing)


Assessments
Assessments

2013-14

Students still take LEAP (grade 4) and iLEAP (grades 3, 5 & 6.) More common core aligned material will be included on the 2013-14 assessments.

2014-15

Students will take PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers) assessments in ELA and Math.


Common assessments

Common Assessments

Each six-weeks, students will be given a cumulative exam each six weeks to see if students have mastered key skills taught during the previous six weeks period.

In grades 3-5, students will be tested in ELA and Math.

In grade 6, students will be tested in all subjects.


Professional learning communities
Professional Learning Communities

  • Every Wednesday, teachers and staff members meet in collaborative teams to

    • Develop unit plans

    • Develop unit assessments

    • Analyze data( unit exams, Dibels, and CAI reports).


For more information
For More Information

  • Call 824-4972 or visit the school

  • Visit louisianabelieves.com website



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