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Common core

Common Core

Common Concerns


Bob Cornacchioli

Visual Prompts to Promote Discussion


DERO Technical Services

Bob CornacchioliDERO Technical Services

April 17-18, 2013

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  • CEO - DERO Technical ServicesEvangelist/Process Lead- Level DataMarketing/ - ParkBench Software

  • Trainer

  • Director of Technology and Media Services – Shrewsbury Public Schools (16 yrs)PowerSchool Administrator ( 6 yrs)

Bob Cornacchioli

Curriculum admin technical


Collaborate and learn the constraints/desires

When did this movement start
When did this movement start?

When: 2009

Where: Chicago

Who: Governor's and State Superintendents

Sanctioned by: Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National Governors Association (NGA)

CCSSO Contact: Margaret Reed Miller: Senior Programmer Ph: 202 -336-7032 eMail:

Standards were not written federal dollar!

Funded by public and private grants

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Why is this important?

Currently, every state has its own set of academic standards*, meaning public education students in each state are learning to different levels

All students must be prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but with students from around the world

*CCSSO has not suggested a common rubric!

When did your state adopted common core
When did your state adopted Common Core?

States had a 90% compliance adoption policy.

Let the confusion begin
Let the Confusion Begin!

Race to the Top:

Schools must demonstrate College and Career Ready Standards

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Preparing America’s Students for College and Career.

  • Race to the Top- Qualifying points

    • Developing and adopting common standards (from the Common Core State Standards Initiative (40 points)

  • Fed Gov – provided states with $$$$ to

  • create common assessment

Don’t Think

Just Adopt!

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District Struggle with…

Communications to Stakeholders

Curriculum Review/Changes

New and Old Assessments

Instructional Practices

Grading Practices

CCSS-Curriculum-Assessments and the number of on standard on each

Report Cards

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Illinois Standards Task Force - 5 Steps to Success

Kathy Dinger, Former Director of Curriculum and Instruction,

Libertyville D70, Libertyville, Illinois

O hio department of education
Ohio | Department of Education

O hio doe transition timeline
Ohio DoE Transition Timeline

  • Transition:

  • Teacher development

  • Local curriculum revision

  • Assessment development

  • 2011 - 2014

State Board Adopted Standards

June, 2010

State Board Adopted Model Curriculum

March, 2011

Transition Complete

June, 2014






Dese of ma 124 pgs of easy reading
DESE of MA – 124 pgs of EASY READING!



What is your state saying doing
What is your state saying/doing?

Has that changed recently?

Let s change to standards
Let’s Change to Standards…

At every crossway on the road that leads to the future

each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past - Maeterlinck

Change requires continual checking of your stakeholders temperature
Change requires continual checking of your stakeholders temperature!



Tech Team

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    • From Parent

    • From Teachers

    • From Students

    • From School Board Members

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SAMPLE temperature!

May 3,2013 – Standards Finalized-uploaded to Google Docs

May 8,2013 – Onsite development of preK-5 SBRC

May 30, 2013 Onsite training of Vanguard Teachers

Sept 14, 2013 – Modifications to SBRC and WIDA

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Grading Practices temperature!

Most districts sets the curriculum…

but do teachers use the strategies for grading?

Is achievement

inflating or deflating grades

due to behaviors?

Ken o connor aka the grading doctor
Ken O’Connor – aka The Grading Doctor! temperature!

Have you addressed the proper techniques in determining a standards based grade?Ken’s Repair Kit for Grading would be excellent PD or Faculty Meeting discussions. PowerTeacher Gradebook has been designed with these principles.

15 fixes for broken grades
15 FIXES for BROKEN GRADES temperature!

If any of your teachers:

They’d benefit from discussing this book!

include student behavior in grades

reduce marks for "work" submitted late

give points for extra credit or use bonus points

consider attendance in grade determination

assign grades by comparing students to each other

rely on evidence from poor-quality assessments

rely simply on averages

use the zero for missing evidence or punishment

summarize evidence accumulated over time

leave students out of the grading process

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Fix #14 – Tendency vs Average

The most recent

score for all

is a 4!

If at first you don’t succeed,

skydiving may not be for you!





Setting expectations
Setting Expectations temperature!

Since CC didn’t tell us what to use,

what will your district be using?

What does a 4 or a C really mean?

With K-5 teachers at each of your Grade Level

With teachers at each of your Schools

With teachers in the DistrictWhat does it mean for next placement?

With teachers in your state/other states?

Common Core doesn’t recommend performance indicators.

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Common Core temperature! Common Concerns

  • Has your DOE told you what…

  • standards to use?

  • scale to use on assessments?

  • to report to parents?

  • they will want from your district?

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SOME OR ALL of these temperature! MA Standards

After ELA and Math- what are we doing for all other subjects?

Collaborative cherry picking
Collaborative Cherry Picking temperature!

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Should Common Core Standards Impact Scheduling? temperature!

How many courses are you planning to use for English Language Arts?

Reading – Writing – Speaking & Listening - Language

Best practices culling standards

C temperature!


Less is More! In the Gradebook & on the Report Card

Grade Level teachers review all available standards (CC,SS,&LS) and CHERRY PICK

Consider CC Sub-Category headers

Discuss/Decide which will be on the report card and which will only be in the gradebook

Wordsmith any standard over 65/70/75 characters

Choose standards that lend themselves to being easily associated to an assignment- not all do!

Download common core id 65502
Download Common Core temperature! ID 65502

Powersource common core standards id 7337 identifiers your courses your conversion scales
PowerSource temperature! Common Core StandardsID 7337 Identifiers- Your Courses, Your Conversion Scales

Consider a user friendly schema for s tandard i dentifiers
Consider a user friendly schema for temperature! standard identifiers

Removing a,b,c will save time- import template and report cards

Other standards sites cde
Other “Standards” temperature! Sites/CDE

Are we using those that you created last year?

What about Specials?

Anticipate these questions
Anticipate these questions???? temperature!

#1 - What does a “3” look like for my average student?

#2 – How do I grade my special needs students who are working

to capacity but don’t meet the descriptor of a “3”?

#3 – Do “Gifted” students use the same scale?

#4 – WOW, comments took me forever to write, do you have

any strategies to save me time?

(based on your 4,3,2,1 scale)

Does your state have a recommended scale?

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What are other districts doing? temperature!

Essential Questions:

  • What is (or will) YOUR DOE require you to report?

  • If you aren’t using all CC standards…

    • Consider Anchor Headings (Language of CC )

    • Teachers “cherry pick” list**

    • ** Consider limiting #’s of standards by Grade Level Clustering K-2, 3-5 (two templates)

    • Standards for other subjects

    • Standards for Specialists – if yes – set limit (3-5)

    • Standards for Essential Skills for Learning/Habits of Mind (21st Century Effort)

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Technical Gradebook Settings temperature!

School Usage Settings

  • Assignments with Standards

  • Enabling Push Assignment Scores to Standards

    • (Grade and Conversion Scale settings)

  • Auto-Calculate Higher Standards (List Parents)

  • Standards Calculations

    • Mean* (Average), Median, Mode, Highest, Most Recent, None (*by default last 3 scores)

What s next
What’s Next… temperature!

Common Core Standards



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Common Assessment 2014-2015 temperature!

  • RACE to the TOP - $360 Million to create national common assessments that will replace state testing.

  • 50% of the state are aligned with each organization with National Online Exams (ELA/MATH) coming soon!

  • 3 other organizations received $$$$ to create assessments

  • MICHIGAN IS A Smarter Balanced State

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National Testing temperature!

  • ELA – strong emphasis on ability to read complex texts, conduct electronic searches, evaluate sources, draw evidence from them and craft well supported written arguments.

  • MATH – reduce number of topics taught, promote greater depth and mastery of core skills, solid foundation of algebra, geometry, statistics and modeling while applying skills in solving complex real-world problems.

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What will online – national assessments mean for you? temperature!

  • Devices and School Surveys

  • Organizations and User Accounts

    • Batch Imports

Does your state have it’s own

Tech ReadinessTool?

Recommended next steps
Recommended Next Steps temperature!

Common Core are guidelines and should be

partnered with your curriculum

Consider attending Pearson’s CommonCore Summit @ PSU’s

Reflect on today and share with other administrators

Draft an Implementation Plan including communication to all stakeholders, professional development & budget

Decide to what extent you will involve staff?

Cherry Pick your ELA/Math Standards.

Create draft of the SBRC before summer.

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