Presentation on theme: "Solanco School Board 9/9/2013. Common Core at Solanco The Common Core Standards have been subject to criticism and controversy We believe the new."— Presentation transcript:
Common Core at Solanco The Common Core Standards have been subject to criticism and controversy We believe the new standards are better than the older PA Standards and will prove beneficial for Solanco students
What are the Common Core Standards? Mathematics PreK-12 English/Language Arts PreK-12 Reading for Science and Technical Subjects 6- 12 Writing for Science and Technical Subjects 6- 12 Reading for History and Social Studies 6-12 Writing for History and Social Studies 6-12
Who Developed the Common Core Standards? Common Core Standards were developed by two groups: 1. The National Governors Association (NGA) 2. Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) * Funded largely by the Gates Foundation
Common Core Development National Governors Association The National Governors Association is the organization of the nation's governors. Council of Chief State School Officers The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.
Drafting the Standards CCSSO and the NGA Center led the standards’ development process in consultation with teachers, parents, experts and administrators. Several working groups and committees were formed. They include the: Standards Development Work Group – responsible for determining and writing the common core state standards. Standards Development Work Group Feedback Group – provides information backed by research to inform the standards development process by offering expert input on draft documents. Feedback Group Validation Committee – nominated by states and national organizations and selected by a group of 12 governors and chiefs who hold leadership positions at NGA Center and CCSSO. Validation Committee
PA Adopts the Common Core Pennsylvania agreed that the Common Core will represent at least 85% of academic standards in reading and math. Pennsylvania accepted $41.3 million in Race to the Top funds. PA changed the name of Common Core to “PA Core Standards”
PA Adopts the Common Core, 2 Keystone Exams in Literature and Algebra are aligned to PA Core Standards The PSSAs in grades 3-8 will be aligned to Common Core in Math and Reading in 2014-2015
Solanco’s Response Accelerated curriculum revision grades K-12 in English/LA and math (more than twice as fast as usual) Significant number of teachers are involved in the process Target is full implementation for 2014-2015
Concerns with Common Core Politics at the national level (creation) Concerns about local control Federal government incentivizing states to adopt PA resident backlash because of scope of reforms Costly to districts
Concerns with Common Core, 2 Disagreement among national validation committee members – some said it was a “step backward” in mathematics Increased emphasis on non-fiction reading and a de-emphasis on classic literature Handwriting/penmanship is reduced
Solanco’s View of PA Core Standards We believe the math and reading standards are clearer, more focused, and more rigorous As a result of this revision, our students will read more (literature canon) The standards for writing are a great improvement over the old PA Standards Handwriting Without Tears K-4 starting this year Estimated $290,000 to respond to the standards change $200,000 of the cost funded through the Keystone Grant Solanco received. Title I funds have been used for another $20,000. Estimated $70,000 in district funds (including 30+ for new grade 7 math text)
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