Common Core State Standards - Oswego Community Unit School ...

Common Core State Standards - Oswego Community Unit School ...

Common Core State


What Parents Need to Know

Oswego CUSD 308

~Music Credit: Vince Guaraldi Trio “Linus & Lucy”, 1964

Brain Sweat

Rich Discussions




Increased Rigor

High Expectations

What is Common Core?

• National Gov. Assoc. and Council of Chief

State School Officers (state-led and driven


• An effort designed to improve educational

outcomes for all students

• A set of consistent, voluntary, rigorous,

internationally-benchmarked standards in

Math, English Language Arts, and Science

• Emphasis that Standards “are not intended to

be new names for old ways of doing business”

• 46 States have adopted these Standards

Why Common Core


• Clear, consistent standards equip parents/educators to understand

and support what children should learn and know

Common Core Standards are aligned to International Standards

from the highest achieving countries (Students globally competitive)

• These standards are designed to prepare students for success in

whatever they choose to do after graduation (College and Career

Readiness / Citizenship)

• These standards will prepare our students for career success in the

rapidly changing world of work (21 st Century skills for 21 st Century


Common Core Standards ensure that all students regardless of

income or geography, have the opportunity to engage in equally

challenging work

Local/National Standards are

No Longer the Yardstick…

• In a global economy we compare our

schools, our districts and our country to

the best performers in the world.

• Can our students apply knowledge the

way that other students from high

performing countries (Finland, etc) can?

Application of knowledge

a key!

• Our students learn concepts….but in what way?

• The concern was --- are we teaching students to

extrapolate from what they have learned and apply

their knowledge in varied situations?

• 242 students need to be transported to the park for a

field trip. How many busses are needed if the busses

hold 65 students each?

• A) 3.72

• B) 4

• C) 2

Implications for Students

“Brain Sweat”

• Rigorous content and application of knowledge

through high order skills

(Perseverance, Independence)

• Clear, understandable, and consistent


• Alignment with college and work expectations

for all students

• Increased rigor will impact student

performance and grades (report cards, MAP

and ISAT) – i.e. you may see an initial dip!!

Math Common Core


• Eight Math Practices which will reflect what educators

will seek to develop in their students

• Students will be required to demonstrate increased

levels of:


Coherence (Conceptual Connections)


Deep Understanding

Real Life Applications

Dual Intensity

English Language Arts

• Balance of informational and literary text (more

nonfiction and digital literacy)

• Integrated approach to instruction

• Students will need to independently read and

comprehend more complex texts earlier than current

expectations demand (Staircase of Complexity)

• From Kindergarten, students will be expected to

explain their thinking in writing and speaking based on

evidence (text-based support)

• Writing will be integrated in all content areas at all


• Academic Vocabulary (ex. “discourse,” “theory,”

“principled”) in addition to content specific vocabulary


District 308 Plan

Our Common Core Executive Committee has established

a Five-Year Plan for Common Core Implementation.

This is an abbreviated version of the plan:

Year 1: Awareness

(11-12) Focus on Practices and Anchor Standards

Year 2: Begin Lesson Design (authentic

(12-13) performance tasks)

Year 3: Continue Lesson Design

(13-14) Begin Unit Design

Year 4: Continue Unit Design

(14-15) Assessments aligned with CCSS

Year 5: Full Immersion in CC– all grade

(15-16) levels


• To “Sustain” (according to Webster’s II)

• …to keep up; maintain

• …to supply with nourishment

• …to support the spirits, courage or

resolution of

• …to withstand or endure

• …to uphold as valid, true or legal

• …to corroborate; confirm

Help Your Child at Home:


• Learning does not end in the classroom-talk to

your child about school

• Build a partnership with your child’s teacher

• Create a dedicated place for your child to study

• Encourage real-world relevance of what is

learned at school

• Model love of reading, research and math and

build a “Culture of Inquiry”

• Allow your child to persevere!

“Learning should not be for

40 minutes or 40 days,

rather for 40 years.”

--Grant Wiggins

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