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Tennessee Diploma Project: Tennessee’s Future 9-12 English Standard Awareness. Feelings. Take a sticky note and write an adjective or adverb to describe your feelings about the new standards. Me In Three. Take an index card Write your name, school, and school district on one side.

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    1. Tennessee Diploma Project: Tennessee’s Future9-12 English Standard Awareness

    2. Feelings Take a sticky note and write an adjective or adverb to describe your feelings about the new standards.

    3. Me In Three • Take an index card • Write your name, school, and school district on one side. • On the other side number from one to three and do the following: • Write a general statement about yourself. • Write a statement about yourself that is a little more specific. • Write a statement that would only apply to you.

    4. Anticipation Guide • The new state requirements for incoming freshmen are 24 credits. • The EOC will count 25% of yearly grade. • All students will have an elective focus. • The U. S. Chamber of Commerce gave Tennessee an “F” in truth in advertisement. • On entering higher education 25% of Tennessee’s students had to take remedial courses.

    5. 6. Tennessee is moving to one set of standards for all students through the Tennessee Diploma Project. 7. New standards drive the assessment. 8. The U. S. is slipping in all academic areas when compared globally. 9. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, English, and Math. 10. Gateway exams will be replaced by EOC.

    6. Tennessee Standards Training:Unpacking the Standards Dr. Connie J. Smith, Assistant Commissioner Division of Accountability, Teaching & Learning and Dr. Gary Nixon, Executive Director State Board of Education

    7. Tennessee NAEP and TCAP Performance in 2007

    8. Why Do We Need New Assessments for Tennessee Schools? • New standards drive assessments. With new standards, development of aligned assessments is automatic. • There is a ‘Standards Setting’ procedure that is required to include pilots and field testing processes with ‘Bookmarking’ for setting cut scores.

    9. New Assessment Timeline • Spring 2009 • Hybrid test - current TCAP with field test items for new standards • Continue Gateway • ACT administration at all high schools • Fall 2009/Spring 2010

    10. New Assessment Timeline • Fall 2009 / Spring 2010 • New TCAP assessment aligned to new standards • New end-of-course (transition plan for Gateway)

    11. Why Do We Need a New Accountability Model for TN Schools? • New standards with aligned assessments to the standards require a new accountability system with a new accountability workbook.

    12. One Set of Standards • Two High School Paths are obsolete. • Tennessee is moving to one set of standards through the Tennessee Diploma Project.

    13. What Prompted the Sense of Urgency in Tennessee’s Move to New Standards? • Former Commissioner Lana Seviers researched data to better understand Tennessee’s low NAEP scores. • Dr. Susan Bunch noted standards aligned with those of other states, but that they contain low-level thinking expectations.

    14. Action Based on Data • Tennessee (and 5 other states) joined the Achieve Network to examine 18 Achieve member states’ strengths and successes.

    15. What Prompted the Sense of Urgency in Tennessee’s Move to New Standards? • No Truth in Advertising!

    16. “F” on the Report Card! • The US Chamber of Commerce gave Tennessee an “F” on its report card noting that “There is no truth in advertising for Tennessee school standards. The reality is that students scoring at 79% are actually at 39% when compared to national standards (NAEP).” • Governor Bredesen meets with Tim Webb, Acting Commissioner of Education to address concerns .

    17. Report Card ‘F’: • Upon entering higher education, 50% of Tennessee’s graduates had to take remedial courses. • TIMSS* and other national studies showed the United States slipping in all academic areas when compared globally. • *Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

    18. Redesign of Tennessee Schools

    19. Tennessee Diploma Project • Tennessee’s Governor has led the charge in conjunction with the State Board of Education to provide rigor and relevance to the teaching and learning process for all public schools. • The provision of “equity” and “adequacy” is required to meet the needs of At-Risk student populations.

    20. Tennessee Diploma Project • Teams of teachers worked with Achieve to write new standards. • Teachers and their work were honored by Governor Bredesen at the State Board of Education meeting.

    21. Tennessee Diploma Project Goals To produce students who • are workplace and/or college ready • have deeper understanding of math and science and their relationship to technology (STEM*) • can work cooperatively in groups • are ready to demonstrate responsibilities in their own lives and in service to their community • *Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

    22. Establish a Focus and Clarity of Purpose on: • Assessments aligned to the standards - Standards drive the assessments, not the other way around. • Do I use formative assessments to individualize for students having difficulty? • Have I established baselines for what students know and are able to do? • Am I using the “Checks for Understanding” to guide teaching and assessing my students? • How do I use the Report Card data to improve my instruction?

    23. Do I use summative assessments to restructure my teaching for student success? • Am I benchmarking at intervals so that I know when students are having difficulty in becoming proficient? • Do I use appropriate pacing guides? • Do I review Value-added predictors of success?

    24. What we know to be true… In 2007-2010, the Governor and the legislature will expect: Higher standards for proficiency and academic performance; True accountability for students, teachers, local school systems, and higher education Proficient = Proficient whether a state assessment or a national assessment.

    25. Tennessee Tools in Our Toolkit

    26. eTc (click below) http://www.theteachercenter.org/

    27. H S Graduation Requirements Changes approved to begin with the graduating class of 2013 include: • developing one diploma path for all students • 22 credits to graduate • new English, Math, and Science curriculum • new end of course test counts as percentage of yearly grade • all students will have an elective focus

    28. H S Graduation Requirements Changes approved to begin with the graduating class of 2013 include: • developing one diploma path for all students • 22 credits to graduate • new English, Math, and Science curriculum • new end of course test counts as percentage of yearly grade • all students will have an elective focus

    29. H S Graduation Requirements English - 4 Credits: • English I - 1 Credit • English II - 1 Credit • English III - 1 Credit • AP Language and Composition • English IV - 1 Credit • AP English Literature or Composition • IB Language I • Communications for Life

    30. H S Graduation Requirements Math - 4 Credits: (Students must take a math class each year) • Algebra I - 1 Credit • Geometry - 1 Credit • Algebra II - 1 Credit • Upper level Math: - 1 Credit • Bridge Math Students who have not earned a 19 on the mathematics component of the ACT by the beginning of the senior year are recommended to complete the Bridge Math course. • Capstone Math • Adv. Algebra and Trigonometry. • STEM Math (Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Statistics)

    31. H S Graduation Requirements Science - 3 Credits: • Biology I - 1 Credit • Chemistry or Physics - 1 Credit • AP Physics (B or C) • Principles of Technology I and II • Another Lab. Science - 1 Credit

    32. H S Graduation Requirements Social Studies – 3.0 Credits: • W. History or W. Geography – 1 Credit • U.S. History – 1 Credit • AP U.S. History, IB History of the Americas HL (2 Years) • Economics – .5 Credit • Government – .5 Credit • AP U.S. Government, IB History of the Americas HL (2 Years), JROTC (3 Years), ABLS

    33. H S Graduation Requirements P. E. and Wellness – 1.5 Credits: • Wellness– 1 Credit • Physical Education – .5 Credit • The physical education requirement may be met by substituting an equivalent time of physical activity in other areas including but not limited to marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, interscholastic athletics, and school sponsored intramural athletics. Personal Finance – .5 Credit

    34. H S Graduation Requirements Fine Art, Foreign Lang., and Elective Focus – 6 Credits: • Fine Art – 1 Credit • Foreign Language – 2 Credits (Same) • Elective Focus – 3 Credits • Students completing a CTE elective focus must complete three units in the same CTE program area or state approved program of study. • science and math, humanities, fine arts, or AP/IB • other area approved by local Board of Education • The Fine Art and Foreign Language requirements may be waived for students who are sure they are not going to attend a University and be replaced with courses designed to enhance and expand the elective focus.

    35. Students with Disabilities • Require a math class each year achieving at least Algebra I and Geometry. • Require three credits in science with Biology I and two additional lab science credits.

    36. Graduate with Honors Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors.

    37. Graduate with Distinction Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B average and completing at least one of the following: • earn a nationally recognized industry certification • participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools • participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations • be selected as a National Merit Finalist of Semi-Finalist • attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT • attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams • successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme • earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

    38. Gateway exams will be replaced by EOC exams • English I, II, and III • Algebra I and II • Geometry • U. S. History • Biology I • Chemistry • Physics Will constitute 25 percent of a student’s final course grade.

    39. 3 Minute BuzzShare at your table. • The new state requirements for incoming freshmen are 24 credits. • The EOC will count 25% of yearly grade. • All students will have an elective focus. • The U. S. Chamber of Commerce gave Tennessee an “F” in truth in advertisement. • On entering higher education 25 % of Tennessee’s students had to take remedial courses. • Tennessee is moving to one set of standards for all students through the Tennessee Diploma Project. • New standards drive the assessment. • The U. S. is slipping in all academic areas when compared globally. • STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, English, and Math. • Gateway exams will be replaced by EOC.

    40. Discussion Strategy: The Six Thinking Hats • White Hat—Facts about the topic • Red Hat—Feelings about the topic (emotion) • Yellow Hat—Positive things about the topic • Gray Hat—Judging a topic (the disadvantages and problems) • Green Hat—Other thoughts; new ideas, creativity • Blue Hat—Summary of the whole topic; most important learning; What will we do next?

    41. Timeline

    42. 8 Concept Strands • Language: Covers grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, and sentence structure. • Communication: Builds speaking and listening skills, in both formal and informal situations; begins skills of groups and team participation begins at middle grades. • Writing: Includes instruction in generating, drafting, organizing, and proofreading writing in a variety of modes and for a variety of audiences. • Research: Instructs in conducting research, attributing sources appropriately, and evaluating the reliability of resources.

    43. Logic: Trains students to think reasonably, follow logical trains of thought, avoid faulty reasoning, and weighs evidence. • Informational Text: Emphasizes the methods necessary to comprehend the organizational structures and graphics employed in informational text. • Media: Focuses on the ways in which the functions and techniques of a variety of media contribute to the message they attempt to convey. • Literature: Acquaints students with a wide range of literary types and diverse content, including both the conventions of the literacy genres and the themes and concepts reflecting the human condition.

    44. 8 Standards Learning/Course Expectations—set forth the expected outcomes for that strand Checks forUnderstanding—delineate the classroom behaviors to be focused on at each grade State PerformanceIndicators—indicate the assessment criteria for that specific grade level Standard (Concept Strand) Course Learning Expectations Checks for Understanding SPIs Standard Language

    45. Aligning Standards:Looking at the SPI’s

    46. Strategy--Activity Connection Strategy: A Plan for Achieving a Specific Purpose Activities: A Specific Exercise Designed to Complement the Strategy

    47. Dominoes

    48. Prediction Basketball You faced injustice, hate and strife.You fought for what should be.You risked and finally gave your life,So others could be free. You could have hated, but you choseTo love and understand,Rejecting violence to opposeAn evil in our land.