THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS:MOVING TO CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATIONAND ASSESSMENTSCOTT NORTON, CCSSOARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPFALL 2012 NATIONAL FORUMCHATTANOOGA, TNSEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Common Core State StandardsBipartisan initiative of state leaders• led by the Council of Chief StateSchool Officers (CCSSO) and NationalGovernors Association (NGA)• developed K-12 standards in Englishlanguage arts (ELA) and mathematics
College and Career Readiness:Anchor for the Common CoreThere is a gap between high school expectationsfor students and what students are expected to doin college/career.• Among high school graduates, only half areacademically prepared for postsecondaryeducation (Greene & Winters, 2005).Career-readiness and college-readiness levels arevery similar.K-12 standards were back-mapped from collegeand career expectations.
Why Common Standards?ConsistencyEquity• Previously, every state had its own set of academicstandards and different expectations of studentperformance.• Common standards can help create more equalaccess to an excellent education.OpportunityClarityEconomiesof Scale• Students need the knowledge and skills that willprepare them for college and career in our globaleconomy.• Previous standards were “a mile wide and an inchdeep.” These new standards are clear and coherentin order to help students, parents, and teachersunderstand what is expected.• Common standards create a foundation for districtsand states to work collaboratively and achieveeconomies of scale.
Common Core State Adoption45 states, DoDEA and D.C. have fully adopted the Common Core State Standards; MN has adopted only the ELA standards.
English Language Arts (ELA)ShiftsNon-Fiction• Building knowledge through contentrichnon-fiction and informationaltexts in addition to literatureEvidence fromthe Text• Reading and writing are grounded inevidence from the textComplex Text& AcademicVocabulary• Regular practice with complex textand its academic vocabulary (wordslike “synthesize” and “correspond”)
Math ShiftsFocus• 2-4 concepts focused ondeeply in each gradeCoherence• Concepts logically connected fromone grade to the next and linked toother major topics within the gradeRigor• Fluency with arithmetic, application ofknowledge to real world situations, anddeep understanding of mathematicalconcepts
Key Implementation Topics for States Instructional materials and curricula: what youtake away from what you’re teaching along with whatyou need to add Professional development: beyond awareness ofthe standards – professional learning communities,ongoing, job-embedded professional development Instruction and assessments: depth ofunderstanding required of students Literacy in content areas: challenges traditionalrole of teachers in all disciplines and secondaryschool structure
“Typical” State ImplementationTimeline2010-2011SchoolYear• Statesadoptstandards2012-2013School Year• TeacherAwareness onCommonCore2014-2015School Year• New SummativeAssessments• Professionaldevelopmentcontinues2011-2012School Year• AdministratorAwareness onCommonCore2013-2014SchoolYear• StandardsUsed in AllClassrooms• ProfessionaldevelopmentcontinuesYour state plan:www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/The_Common_Core_State_Standards_Initiative.html
QuestionsScott Nortonscottn@ccsso.orgStrategic Initiative DirectorStandards, Assessment, and AccountabilityCouncil of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)www.ccsso.orgRead the Common Core: www.corestandards.org