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Common Core State Standards. Alan Bancroft UCMO PLC Resource Specialist [email protected] AGENDA. Background information about the CCSS Implications for assessment Overview of the ELA and mathematics CCSS. What’s the Buzz?.

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Common core state standards

Common Core State Standards

Alan Bancroft

UCMO PLC Resource Specialist

[email protected]


  • Background information about the CCSS

  • Implications for assessment

  • Overview of the ELA and mathematics CCSS

What s the buzz
What’s the Buzz?

Turn to your neighbor and share at least one thing that you have heard about the Common Core State Standards that you liked.

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Common Core State Standards

With your table group list the following on the back of your handout.

  • What questions do you have about the CCSS?

  • What have you heard about the CCSS that bothers you?

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Common Core State Standards

  • A voluntary, state-led effort—48 states, 2 territories, and D.C. originally signed on to the initiative

  • Committed to developing a common core of state standards for proficiency in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12



College and career readiness for all

A mobile population

1 set of standards/not 50

Sharing of resources among districts/states

Textbooks written for all states/not just the big ones

Internationally benchmarked to high performing nations


  • Dramatic transitions from state to more rigorous national standards

  • Veteran staff not as prepared as new will be for content expertise

  • PD focused on content rigor

  • Implementation timeline for districts, funding, and new assessments


  • Mike Schmoker, “schools will only be able to teach about half of the standards”

  • Douglas Reeves, “number of standards in CCSS remains too high”

  • Power Standards (ELO’s) more important than ever.

English language arts key points
English Language Arts key points

  • Reading (10 strands)

    • Staircase of increasing complexity and comprehension so that as students advance they will gain more from their reading.

    • Must have a range of classic and contemporary literature to use texts to build knowledge, gain insights, and explore possibilities.

Writing (10 strands)

  • Must have ability to write arguments.

  • Short and long term research emphasized.

    Speaking and Listening (6 strands)

  • Must gain, evaluate, and present complex information through listening, speaking, and media.

  • Focus on one-on-one, small group, large group, and presentations.

    Language (6 strands)

  • Students will determine word meaning, nuances of words, and steadily expand their repertoire of words and phrases.

  • Will prepare students for real life experiences in life and college. They must make informed, skillful choices in expressing themselves.

Design and organization
Design and Organization

Standards for Mathematical Practice

Carry across all grade levels

Describe habits of mind of a mathematically expert student

Standards for Mathematical Content

K-8 standards presented by grade level

Organized into domains that progress over several grades

Grade introductions give 2–4 focal points at each grade level

Mathematics key points
Mathematics key points

  • Solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals provided in k-5.

  • Provides guidance to k-5 teachers on how to teach geometry, fractions, and negative numbers maintaining a continuous progression from grade to grade.

  • Make sure students learn both procedural and conceptual skills for all critical information.

  • Students who have mastered k-7 will take algebra as an eighth grader.

  • High school standards have students practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges.

  • High school standards rigorously prepare students for college and careers.

  • Uses mathematical modeling to link classroom math and statistics to everyday life, work, and decision making.

Professional development needs
Professional development needs eighth

  • Prioritizing the CCSS

  • Unwrap all Priority standards in Math and ELA.

  • Must increase content area expertise in all areas.

  • Research based instruction strategies

    • Differentiation, enrichment, RTI, ELL, Sp. Ed.

  • Rigorous curriculum units and lessons

  • Performance tasks to engage learners

Assessment eighth

  • CCSS rigor should raise MAP scores

  • Must crosswalk CCSS, GLEs, CLEs, and MAP

  • Start preparing now for 2014/2015 CCSS test implementation.

  • Informational writing across all disciplines

  • Authentic performance tasks and project-based learning across all disciplines

Things to change
Things to change eighth

  • The way teachers plan and deliver instruction

  • Deeper, more systematic professional development

  • Nonfiction writing by every student in every class

  • Literacy has to be a shared responsibility by every staff member

Thank you
Thank You eighth