“Public education is open to all children - no matter their ability, heritage, or economic background. It is the promise of our future” Denise Juneau, MT Superintendent of Public Instruction”
Transitions • Montana Common Core Standards • Mathematical Practices and Content • English Language Arts and Literacy • Assessment Systems • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium • MontCAS/CRT
Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) Led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association May 2009, State Superintendent Juneau and Governor Schweitzer signed a Memorandum of Agreement Montana involved educators from across the state in a thoughtful process
Common Core State Standards Initiative Criteria • Fewer, higher, and clearer for effective policy and practice; • Aligned with college and career expectations for all students’ success upon graduation; • Inclusive of rigorous content and applications of knowledge for 21st century skilled students; • Internationally benchmarked for success in our global economy and society; • Research- and evidence-based. September 2011
In process of adoption Adopted ELA only Declared will not adopt
The Montana Common Core Standards for Math and ELA establish high expectations for student learning and achievement that will enable all students to be competitive on a district, state, national and global scale.
Common Core for Montana • Establish high expectations for student learning and achievement in Math and English Language Arts • Set literacy goals for History/Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects • Provide clear, nationally consistent guidelines • Maintain Montana's values and priorities, including Indian Education for All
Montana’s Legal, Ethical, Instructional Responsibility • Process for inclusion of Indian Education standards January– May 2011 : • K-20 content and IEFA experts from across the state • Purposeful placement of IEFA language embedded in existing standards for most effective inclusion • Reviewed by Montana educators http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/IndianEd/Index.html
Montana’s Legal, Ethical, Instructional Responsibility • “In regard to the National Common Core Standards, MACIE recommends that the Board of Public Education accepts the Indian Education for All additions.” (Ms Norma Bixby) http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/IndianEd/Index.html
Specific Grade Level Expectations • Balance reading informational text and literature • Write to inform or persuade using evidence • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects • Standards for Mathematical Practice • FOCUS and coherence in mathematics • Deep understanding and application of math
Implementation Assessment The Montana Process • Board of • Public Education • takes action • on the • adoption of proposed 2011 Montana • K-12 Content Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects • Spring 2015 • July 2013 • Board of Public Education approved the • Recommen- • dation • to follow • process • for adoption of standards based • on Common • Core State • Standards • May 2011 • November 2011 • Fall 2011 • Notice • of • Public Hearing
The Purpose of the Consortium • To develop a set of comprehensive and innovative assessments for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards • To ensure that all students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college or a career through increased student learning and improved teaching. The assessments shall be operational across consortium states in the 2014-15 school year.
Benefits of a Multi-State Consortium • Less cost and more capabilities through scope of work sharing and collaboration • More control through open-source software platforms for online adaptive testing and test items/questions • Better service for students with disabilities and EL students through common, agreed-upon protocols for accommodations
Definitions • Formative Assessment/Tools and Practices • Classroom/Part of instruction/During learning • Interim Assessment • Classroom/ At end of a segment of learning • Summative • After learning
More Definitions • Adaptive Online Assessment (Computer Adaptive) • Adapts to individual student responses • Facilitates accommodations • Balanced Assessment System • Assessment components are aligned to the same standards • Instruction is aligned to the same standards
The Challenge ...to here? How do we get from here... Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness All studentsleave high school college and career ready ...and what can an assessment system do to help?
Assessment System Components Online adaptive summative assessments benchmarked to college and career readiness Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness Teachers can access online formative processes and tools to improve instruction All students leave high school college and career ready Online interim assessments that are flexible, open, and provide actionable feedback
Assessment Between Now and 2014-15 • CRT based on “old” standards • Reporting stays the same • Field testing • Items aligned to proposed Montana CCS • Progressive release of field test items aligned to proposed Montana CCS
To learn more... • SMARTER • www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER • Proposed standards • http://www.opi.mt.gov/Curriculum/Index.html?gpm=1_9#gpm1_7 • Resources • http://www.opi.mt.gov/Curriculum/MontCAS/MontCAS_Presents.html • Select “Getting Ready” • Assessment Conference: Jan. 18-20, 2012, Helena • http://www.opi.mt.gov/curriculum/MontCAS/#p7GPc1_5
Contact Information • Jean Howard Mathematics Curriculum Specialist 406-444-0706 email@example.com • Cynthia Green ELA Curriculum Specialist 406-444-0729 firstname.lastname@example.org • Judy Snow State Assessment Director 406-444-3656 email@example.com