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A Walk in the PARCC…. August 30, 2012 Emily Barton. Opening Questions. Turn and talk: What do you feel MOST solid in your understanding of PARCC and Common Core? What do you feel you know the LEAST about? What are you hoping to get out of today?. Agenda.
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Opening Questions Turn and talk: • What do you feel MOST solid in your understanding of PARCC and Common Core? • What do you feel you know the LEAST about? • What are you hoping to get out of today?
Our transition to Common Core Standards is central to strengthening Tennessee’s competitiveness Only 21% of adults in TN have a college degree Tennessee’s Competitiveness TN ranks 46thin 4th grade math and 41st in 4th grade reading nationally 54% of new jobs will require post-secondary education Only 16% of high school seniors in TN are college ready Source: “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018” (The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce), 2011 NCES NAEP data, ACT
Shift, baby, shift! MATH: • Focus strongly where the Standards focus • Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades • Rigor: require conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with intensity. ELA: • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts • Reading and writing grounded in evidencefrom text • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary
Common Core State Standards are narrower… 113 25 There are 1,119 Tennessee ELA standards notcovered in the Common Core
Examples of conceptual understanding Examples: • Write four fractions that are all equal to 5: • Which number is least and which is greatest? 3⁄4 2 4/4 3/5 • Write a number that is greater than 1/5 and less than 1⁄4: • Plot each of the following on the number line: 25/4 3×1⁄2 3⁄4+3⁄4 2–(1/10)
Looking at math shifts and standards…. • Through problems!
Structure of Standards 101 • Table of Contents • Domains, clusters and standards • Different structure in Math and ELA • Math practices • Finding the shifts in the standards
Password Protection • Username: tncore-math • Password: firstothetop%
We believe there are three legs to the stool in our implementation plan • Effective communication about the standards, importance, and potential Student achievement • Alignment of accountability structure for LEA’s, schools, teachers, and vendors
Curriculum and Instruction Division priorities for Common Core implementation • Effective communication about the standards, importance, and potential We will place significant focus on involvement of school and district leaders throughout Common Core implementation. Without committed leadership, especially at the building level, we believe our preparation will be significantly compromised. • Alignment of accountability structure for LEA’s, schools, teachers, and vendors
This is the next step in the path to reflect what is most important for career and college readiness
Implementation of Common Core State Standards complements other work underway
TCAP We will remove 15-25% of SPIs that are not reflected in Common Core State Standards from the TCAP NEXT year. The specific list of SPI’s will be shared on May 1. We will narrow the focus of the TCAP and expand use of Constructed Response Assessments Constructed Response We will expand the constructed response assessment for all grades 3-8, focused on the TNCorefocus standards for math. 2013-2014 2011-2012 2012-2013 2014-2015 PARCC NAEP NAEP
2012-2013 assessment plan, math 3-8 Student performance on the Constructed Response Assessments will not affect teacher, school, or district accountability for the next two years. Small Field Test, May 2012
Resources / Textbooks • Reading • Literature • Math • Curricular supports: • Math tasks • ELA Units • New York Project
What every educator should know about Common Core…. • People want to hear that you believe this matters. • Now is the time to prepare for PARCC. • Shift, baby, shift! And make the standards your friend. • Avoid the great binder replacement, and know this is harder than you think. • Your principals are the key! • People want to hear that you believe this matters.
Common Pitfalls What I see most often going wrong: • PD on unpacking the standards leads to misunderstandings • Cross walks • Resource solutions – “if only we had a better textbook…” • Not paying sufficient attention to what we need to STOP teaching
Risks of implementation Common Misunderstandings: • Standards are temporary • This is about math and ELA teachers • Great binder replacement – same practices, different name • “We are already doing it” • Everything must change! • We can’t chance what we are teaching until the test change • We can’t change what we are teaching because we have high-stakes evaluation
Advice • Get content (and grade) specific where possible • Use assessments to help illustrate the expectations of the standards, not just standards alone • Get very clear on what you want to see change instructionally and repeat, repeat, repeat! • Less is more in terms of resources right now
Questions to think through STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES • 1. How will we know students are advancing on the focus standards? Specifically, when will we review the progress of students and adjust our plans? • 2. What assessment resources do we currently have aligned to the Common Core transition? What adjustments are needed? • 3. How will we communicate the importance of the CRA and share the timelines for the 2012-13 SY?
CAPACITY • 1. How will we ensure our entire school team is clear on the instructional shifts of the Common Core? What upfront training will we need? What ongoing supports will we need? • 2. How will teachers continue to build on their understanding of the CRA? • 3. What barriers do we need to address to be able to implement Common Core in math this year? • 4. What specific professional learning needs will our team have? How and when will provide professional learning?
MATERIALS AND SUPPORTS 1. What can we do as a school team to maximize the emphasis on the focus standards and instructional shifts? 2. How do we ensure that we are spending our time on the focus standards for each grade level? 3. What curricular materials and supports are already in place to facilitate the transition in our school? 4. What adjustments will be needed in order for our curricular materials to align with the focus standards and instructional shifts?
COMMUNICATIONS 1. How do we need to adjust or tailor our current communications plan? 2. What key messages and overarching themes do we want to embrace related to Common Core transition? 3. How will we communicate our transition plans to students, parents, staff, and the community? 4. As a school, what are the key communications we need to engage in with our feeder school and the schools our students feed in to?
Communications from the TDOE Throughout implementation, we will place a premium on consistent and high-quality communications with districts. • The TNCore website (www.tncore.org) will launch April 15thand serve as the site for all state materials on implementation • Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Core Leadership Council: Susie Bunch, Director of Schools, Lexington City John Prince, Math Instructional Coach, Trenton Special School District Sharon Cooksey, Facilitator for Curriculum and Professional Learning, Franklin Special School District Tammy Shelton, Supervisor of Instruction, Lincoln County Bobby Cox, Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning, Warren County Sharon Harper, Director of Research and Evaluation, Bradley County Millicent Smith, Director of Professional Development & Social Studies Supervisor, Knox County Theresa Nixon, Science Supervisor, Knox County Vicki Kirk, Director of Schools, Greene County Linda Kennard, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Memphis City Schools David Stephens, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Shelby County Schools Jared Myracle, Assistant Principal, Gibson County High School, Gibson County Jeanne Ray, Associate Director of Learning, Lebanon Special School District