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  1. The New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core Kevin Seymour, Director, ROE SchoolWorks Diane Beedy, Director, Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education D

  2. What do you know about theCommon Core State Standards (CCSS)? D

  3. Anticipation Guide Read each of the statements related to the Common Core State Standards. For each statement, decide if you believe it IS or IS NOT a true statement. Write Y (true) or N (false) in the column to the left of each statement. D

  4. What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? K

  5. Illinois Learning Standards The Illinois State Board of Education adopted new Math and ELA standards for K-12 education aligned to college and career readiness. Illinois State Board of Education Agency Goal #1: Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school. D

  6. According to ACT in Ed Leadership… • Only one-third to one-half of 11th graders are reaching a college-and-career ready level of achievement. • Only 31% of students understand complex texts. • Only 25% of students performed at college-and-career-ready levels in their abilities to use language skillfully, use a rich vocabulary, and differentiate among different language varieties (such as formal and informal English). D

  7. According to ACT… • Only 24% of students fully comprehend science texts. • Only 34% of students met the benchmarks for Number and Quantity, skills that build the foundation for success in math. • For each of the eight Common Core Mathematical Practices standards- such as “making sense of problems and persevering at them” and “reasoning abstractly and quantitatively”- only one-third reached the college-and-career-ready level. D

  8. Where did the CCSS come from? National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and education experts. D

  9. Why are a Common Set of Standards Important? Preparation: These standards are designed for students to be college and career ready upon completing secondary education. Quality: Teachers are given more flexibility to teach standards in depth and across disciplines that can be tailored to fit the students needs. Skilled Workforce: These standards emphasize skills and application, in addition to content, to prepare students for working in the current workforce. D

  10. Why are a Common Set of Standards Important? D Clarity: The standards are designed to help teachers, students, and parents understand what is expected of them to be ready to enter the workforce or college. Consistency: These standards will level the playing field so all students will be held to the same rigorous expectations. Global Society: The standards are internationally benchmarked to high performing countries to help our students succeed in a global economy.

  11. What does College and Career Ready Mean? The College and Career Ready descriptions are not standards themselves but instead offer a portrait of students who meet the new standards. As students advance through the grades and master the standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, they are able to exhibit with increasing fullness and regularity these capacities of the literate individual. K

  12. What does College and Career Ready Mean to you? Take a couple of minutes to think what you consider to be skills necessary to thrive beyond high school. Jot down three to five of your ideas on the back of the Anticipation Guide. Begin each statement with “They” and a verb. Example: “They understand that there is always more than one way to look at a situation.” K

  13. What does College and Career Ready Mean to you? Take a couple of minutes to think what you consider to be skills necessary to thrive beyond high school. Jot down three to five of your ideas on the back of the Anticipation Guide. Begin each statement with “They” and a verb. Example: “They understand that there is always more than one way to look at a situation.” Compare your list with someone else in the room. K

  14. What does College and Career Ready Mean to you? K

  15. What does College and Career Ready Mean to you? K

  16. What are College and Career Readiness Skills? • They demonstrate independence. • They build strong content knowledge. • They respond to varying demands of audience, • task, purpose discipline. • They comprehend as well as critique. • They value evidence. • They use technology and digital media • strategically and capably. • They come to understand other perspectives and • cultures. K

  17. What do the CCSS look like? D

  18. Overview of the K-12 ELA Standards • The standards are separated into four strands: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. • K-8 standards are listed by grade level. • Standards in grades 9-12 are listed in two year bands to allow flexibility in course design. • The K-12 ELA standards are benchmarked to College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. • Grades 6-12 are covered in two content-area specific sections: • English Language Arts Teachers • Teachers of history/social studies, science, and technical subjects D

  19. Time to examine the ELA standards… D

  20. What are some key points regarding the ELA Standards? Text complexity addressed at each level Balance of literature and informational texts Direct link to college and work readiness Literacy standards for science/technical and history/social studies D

  21. What are some key points regarding the ELA Standards? Clear vertical progressions across grades Emphasis on writing, writing applications, and presentation Anchor standards established for college and career readiness in reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening, with anchors for each grade level D

  22. Take Note of Appendices • Appendix A provides definitions of key writing types • Appendix B includes text exemplars and sample performance tasks • Appendix C includes student writing samples at various grade levels. D

  23. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics • Grade Level Standards • K-8 grade-by-grade standards organized by domain. • 9-12 high school standards organized by conceptual categories. • Standards for Mathematical Practice • Standards for mathematical proficiency: reasoning, problem solving, modeling, decision making, and engagement . • Describe mathematical “habits of mind” K

  24. Habits of MindCosta & Kallick • Persisting • Thinking and Communicating • Thinking Flexibly • Striving for Accuracy • Questioning and Posing Problems • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations K

  25. Overview of Math Standards The K-8 Math Standards are organized by Domain, Clusters, and Standards. • Domain: Overarching ideas that connect topics across the grade levels. • Clusters: Demonstrate the grade by grade progression of task complexity. • Standards: Define what a student should be able to know and do at that grade level. K

  26. Design of the 9-12 Math Standards • The standards are organized by conceptual categories: • number and quantity • algebra • functions • modeling • geometry • statistics and probability K

  27. Time to examine the Math standards… K

  28. Overview of K-8 Mathematics Standards • The K-5 standards provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. • The 6-8 standards describe robust learning in geometry, algebra, and probability and statistics. • Modeled after the focus of standards from high-performing nations, the standards for grades 7-8 include significant algebra and geometry content. • Students who have completed 7th grade and mastered the content and skills will be prepared for algebra in 8th grade or after. K

  29. Overview of 9-12 Mathematics Standards • Grades 9-12 require the application of mathematics to real world situations and issues. • High school math focus on using math and solving messy problems, similar to what students would see in the real world • Problem-solving and communication emphasized K

  30. Additional Points on the K-12 Math Standards • The K-12 standards stress conceptual knowledge and understanding in addition to procedural skills. • Modeling is a requirement under the Standards for Mathematical Practice. • 5 modes of representation are common methods used within the standards to communicate mathematical knowledge and understanding. • Concrete objects • Pictures/graphs • Symbols • Oral/written language • Real-life situations K

  31. What aboutassessment? D

  32. No changes will be in place for 2011 Spring ISAT and PSAE assessments. • Illinois is part of a 25- state consortium on assessment (PARCC flyer) focused on developing a richer more authentic evaluation of student learning. D

  33. Assessment System Design D 35 • More Meaningful Standards: consistent across states, clear to the public and on track for college • Higher Quality Tests: assessments will include performance tasks to measure critical thinking, strategic problem solving, research and writing. • Through-Course Testing: Students will take parts of the assessment at key times during the school year, closer to when they learn the material.

  34. Assessment System Design 36 • Maximize Technology: PARCC assessments in most grades will be computer based. • Cross-State Comparability: States in PARCC will adopt common assessments and common performance standards. D

  35. What is the transition timeline for the CCSS? K

  36. Evolution not a revolution • The transition process should begin with local review and discussion • New assessment system in place 2014-2015. K

  37. How will the Common Core State Standards be Implemented? K Phase I: Awareness, Communication and Planning. Phase II: Communication, Resource design, and Design of Implementation System. Phase III: Transition, Implementation, and Technical Assistance. A new statewide assessment system will be in place for the 2014(fall) – 2015 (spring) school year.

  38. What does Phase I look like at the local level? familiarity with new standards planning & discussion with staff gathering input from teachers informing local leaders and boards Adoption Communication Awareness Phase I: Communication & Information K

  39. What should I do now as I lead my district toward the CCSS? D

  40. Top Ten Ways to Get Ready for the Common CoreAdapted from The Leadership and Learning Center, Douglas B. Reeves, Ph.D., 12/15/2010 D

  41. Don’t wait for Washington, DC to have final answers- take initiative now in curriculum, assessment, and teaching. D

  42. Do compare your present IL Standards to the CCSS. Identify what is still the same in your curriculum. D

  43. Do compare your present IL Standards to the CCSS. Identify what you will delete from your curriculum. D

  44. Use the identify standards that are the same and go deeper curriculum. Add more depth and complexity. D

  45. Do engage teachers in the process of unwrapping the standards and designing rigorous curricula and assessments. D

  46. Don’t settle for fiction, fantasy, and personal narrative as the majority of student writing assignments and do increase significantly the amount of informational writing by students, starting at kindergarten. D

  47. Do engage teachers in professional development, particularly in the areas of early math and secondary literacy. D

  48. Don’t expect English/Language Arts faculty to bear the sole responsibility for literacy. D