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1 The Parent’s Guide to The Common Core and PARCC Assessment Morris school districtSpring 2014
2 What is the Common Core?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s0rRk9sER0
3 Common Core StandardsCommon Core State Standards (CCCS) provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn to be college and career ready. The PARCC Assessments measure student progress toward standards.In June 2010, the New Jersey State Board of Education (NJBOE) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) adopted the CCCS.These Educational standards in Math and English Language Arts were developed nationally in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
4 Common Core Standards The Common Core Standards Are aligned with college and work expectations;Are clear, understandable, and consistent;Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards; and,Are evidence based.
5 46 States and DC Have Adopted the Common Core Standards
6 How Will The Standards Be Different? Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skillsProvide performance-based collaborative activities and assessmentsIntegrate literacy across content areas including Science and Social StudiesPlace stronger emphasis on informational text, research, and media skills
7 Instructional Shifts in ELA Read as much nonfiction as fictionLearn about the world by readingRead more challenging material closelyDiscuss reading using evidenceWrite non-fiction using evidenceIncrease academic vocabulary
8 Instructional Shifts in Math 6 Shifts in MathematicsFocus: Learn more about fewer, key topicsCoherence: Build skills within and across gradesFluency: Develop speed and accuracyDeep Understanding: Really know it, really do itApplication of Concepts: Use them in the real worldDual Intensity: Practice/Understand-Think fast & solve problems
9 ELA Shift 1: Read as Much Non-Fiction as Fiction Students Must...Parents Can…Read more non-fictionSupply more non-fictionKnow the ways non-fiction can be put togetherRead and discuss more non-fiction with your childEnjoy and discuss the details of non-fictionHave fun with non-fiction in front of children
10 ELA Shift 2: Learn About the World by Reading Students Must…Parents Can…Build proficiency in Science and Social Studies through readingSupply series of text on topics of interestHandle “primary source” documentsFind books that explainGet “smarter” through textDiscuss non-fiction text and the ideas within
11 ELA Shift 3: Read More Complex Material Carefully Students Must…Parents Can…Re-ReadProvide more challenging text that students WANT to and can readRead material at comfort level AND work with more challenging textKnow grade level/reading level appropriate textUnpack textRead challenging text with studentHandle frustration and keep pushingShow that challenging text is worth unpacking
12 ELA Shift 4: Discuss Reading Using Evidence Students Must…Parents Can…Find evidence to support their argumentsTalk about textForm judgmentsDemand evidence in every day discussions/disagreementsBecome scholarsRead aloud or read the same book and discuss with evidenceDiscuss authors’ point of view
13 ELA Shift 5: Discuss Reading Using Evidence Students Must…Parents Can…Make arguments in writing using evidenceEncourage writing at homeCompare multiple texts in writingWrite “books” together and use evidence/detailsWrite well
14 ELA Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary Students Must…Parents Can…Learn the words that they can use in college and careerRead often and constantly with your childrenGet smarter about using“language of power”Provide multiple books on the same topicTalk to your children about readingListen to your children readPlay word and rhyming games with your children
15 Mathematics Shift 1: Focus: Learn More About Less Students Must…Parents Can…Spend more time on fewer conceptsKnow what the priority work is for their children and grade levelsSpend time with their children on priority workAsk teachers about progress on priority work
16 Mathematics Shift 2: Coherence: Skills Across Grades Students Must…Parents Can…Keep building on learning year after yearBe aware of child’s struggles and how they could impact future learningAdvocate for their child and ensure that support is given for “gap” skills
17 Mathematics Shift 3: Fluency: Speed and Accuracy Students Must…Parents Can…Spend time practicing many problems on the same ideaPush children to know/memorize basic math factsKnow all fluencies their child should have and prioritize learning the ones children haven’t mastered
18 Mathematics Shift 4: Deep Understanding: Know It/Do It! Students Must…Parents Can…UNDERSTAND why the math works. Make the math work.Notice whether your child REALLY knows why the answer is what it isTALK about why the math worksProvide time your child needs to learn key mathPROVE that they know why and how the math worksBe familiar with the math your child needs to know
19 Mathematics Shift 5: Application of Concepts: Real World Students Must…Parents Can…Apply math in real world situationsAsk your children to do the math that comes up in their daily lifeKnow which math to use for which situation
20 Mathematics Shift 6: Dual Intensity: Practice & Understand/Think Fast & Solve Students Must…Parents Can…Be able to use core math facts FASTNotice which skills your child is smart in and where they need to get smarterMake sure your child is PRACTICING math facts he/she struggles withBe able to apply math in the real worldMake sure your child is thinking about math in real life
21 Mathematical Practice Standards Make sense of problems and persevere in solving themReason abstractly and quantitativelyConstruct viable arguments & critique the reasoning of othersModel with mathematicsUse appropriate tools strategicallyAttend to precisionLook for and make sense of structureLook for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
22 PARCC Assessments What is PARCC? What will it look like? How will it be different from NJASK?When will PARCC assessments be administered?
23 PARCC AssessmentsThe Partnership for Assessments of College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 19 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K-12 assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
24 Why New Assessments Now? Current state assessments were not designed to:Assess and signal whether students are on track for success in college or careersProduce timely, actionable data for students, teachers and parentsTest key skills, such as critical thinking and ability to problem solve
25 PARCC PrioritiesDetermine whether students are college and career ready or on trackConnect to the Common Core StandardsMeasure the full range of student performance, including that of high and low achieving studentsProvide educators data throughout the year to inform instructionCreate innovative 21st Century, technology-based assessmentsBe affordable and sustainable
26 How Will PARCC Be Different Students: Will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college/careersTeachers: Will have earlier access to data to plan for learning and instruction for the following yearParents: Will have clear and timely information about student progressStates: Will have valid results that are comparable across borders
27 How Will PARCC Be Different For Teachers and Schools:Computer-based testing will boost student engagement and scoresMore efficient than pencil-paperTimely data during the year will aid instruction, professional developmentTests will assess the full range of student performanceTests will measure student growth at all levels as well as measuring proficiency
28 PARCC AssessmentsBeginning in , PARCC Assessments will replace NJASK in grades At the high school level, End of Course exams will be introduced for English 9, 10, 11 and Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.PARCC Assessments are comprised of two sections:Performance Based Assessment (PBA)End of Year Assessment (EQY)
29 Two Required Assessments Yield Overall Score Beginning of School YearEnd of School YearFlexible administrationPerformance-BasedAssessmentDiagnostic AssessmentMid-Year AssessmentEnd-of-YearAssessmentSpeaking and Listening AssessmentKey:OptionalRequired
30 PARCC AssessmentsTeachers, students, parents, and others can engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder. PARCC has also released online tutorials that demonstrate how students will navigate the test, how to use the computer-based tools, and features that make the test more accessible for all students, including those with disabilities and English learners.
31 In the Morris School District… Are we prepared for PARCC?Full Implementation of CCSS forFocus on informational text (non-fiction), citing text, and critical analysis in ELAFocus on fact fluency and problem solving in Mathematics
32 In the Morris School District… What about the technology needs that are required for computer-based testing?Technology specifications for computer-based testing was sent to districts two-years ago.Recent upgrades to our network systems and the additional purchasing of equipment has put MSD “ahead of the curve” in the area of PARCC preparedness.Increased focus on technology skills such as typing, “click & drag”, and utilizing multiple windows has been a priority at each school.