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1 Higher Expectations, Higher Achievement Mississippi’s College and Career-Ready Standards Date Goes Here Presenter Name Here Presenter Title Here

2 Based on a report of 2013 ACT scores, only 12 percent of Mississippi students were ready for college in English, math, reading and science, compared to 25 percent of students nationwide. 47% of third-graders are not reading on grade level according to our state tests According to the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) report, 18% of 4 th graders are proficient in reading and 19 % of 8 th graders are proficient in reading 24% of 4 th graders are proficient in math and 18% of 8 th graders are proficient in math. The challenges in Mississippi Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 2

3 Mississippi Board of Education’s vision – a world-class educational system that gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and the workforce. Our state is raising education standards because it is critical to the success of our students and our communities. We expect more from our students by moving to Common Core State Standards. Why are we raising the bar in Mississippi? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 3

4 Preparation: The standards are college- and career-ready. They will help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school. Competition: The standards are internationally benchmarked. Common standards will help ensure our students are globally competitive. Equity: Expectations are consistent for all – and not dependent on where a student lives. Clarity of purpose: The standards are focused, coherent, and clear. Clearer standards help students (and parents and teachers) understand what is expected of them. Collaboration opportunity: The standards create a foundation to work collaboratively across states and districts, pooling resources and expertise, to create curricular tools, professional development, common assessments and other materials. Why Common Core State Standards? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 4

5 The state sets academic standards – the goals for what students should learn - but local school districts may build on these standards. Provide a district example here of local control. Local school districts choose the curriculum – what is taught and how. Local Control of Academic Standards Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 5

6 We want our children to have every opportunity for success, and to do that, we need to set higher expectations for our students by raising our academic standards in the core subjects of mathematics and English language arts. Just look at the statistics. Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom of the country in reading, math and ACT scores. We all know there are a number of reasons for that but setting goals for students to be better prepared for college and the workforce can help. About 60% of careers today require some form of education after high school – a degree or certificate. Why New Standards? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 6

7 Many other states face the same challenge of preparing students for the careers of the 21 st century. Through a state-led, voluntary effort, Mississippi adopted higher, more rigorous standards in the core subjects of mathematics and English language arts that are comparable with every other state and any other country. 45 states and the District of Columbia adopted these standards. Why Work with Other States? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 7

8 2007 – State education chiefs discussed development of common standards – Governors voted to approve a policy statement putting state leaders in charge of national effort to establish “common core” of standards – Ed chiefs and governors launch the Common Core State Standards Initiative – Standards developed by teachers and content experts, the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations. March 2010 – Draft K-12 standards released for public comment (10,000 comments received). June 2010 – Ed chiefs and governors release final Common Core State Standards. The Process: Development Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 8

9 After the standards were published in 2010, each state had the opportunity to review the standards and choose whether to adopt them. Mississippi followed the same process it always follows in reviewing and updating standards, which happens every five to seven years. State Board of Education held a public comment period prior to adopting the standards in The Process: Adoption Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 9

10 Challenging students with different types of texts. o What this means: Students will continue to read classic literature, stories, and poems in English class, but they also will be challenged with studying and analyzing nonfiction texts in all subject areas. o The benefit: Students will be prepared to read, analyze, and write about all types of texts at a higher level, whether they are fiction or nonfiction, when they graduate from high school. What is changing in English language arts? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 10

11 Evidence from the text must be used in oral presentations or written papers. o What this means: In all classes, students will be required to gain a deeper knowledge of the text, whether fiction or nonfiction, and use evidence to back up arguments. o The benefit: Students will be better prepared to support their reasoning and decisions with evidence, not just opinion – a valuable skill for college and the workforce. What is changing in English language arts? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 11

12 Increased vocabulary across all grade levels. o What this means: There will be a greater focus on vocabulary in all subject areas and at all grade levels. o The benefit: Students will continue to learn new vocabulary words as they progress through school and the correct context in which to use them. What is changing in English language arts? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 12

13 Because District residents did not live in a state, their right to vote and elect delegates to the House of Representative was looked at differently than were the voting rights of residents of the states. Which statement below is a correct evaluation of the cause of the situation described in the sentence above? A.Because many lawmakers wanted the nation’s capital to be located in their state, a compromise was made to create a capital city that belonged to none of the states. B.Because one hundred square miles of land was needed for the capital city, Maryland and Virginia offered George Washington a section of land along the Potomac River. C.Because the country had not established a capital city, Congress met in several different cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York. D.Because the District residents were not allowed to vote for President, Congress passed an amendment to the Constitution. 7 th grade MCT2 Analysis Sample Question Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 13

14 You have read three texts describing Amelia Earhart. All three include the claim that Earhart was a brave, courageous person. The three texts are: –“Biography of Amelia Earhart” –“Earhart’s Final Resting Place Believed Found” –“Amelia Earhart’s Life and Disappearance” Consider the argument each author uses to demonstrate Earhart’s bravery. Write an essay that analyzes the strength of the arguments about Earhart’s bravery in at least two of the texts. Remember to use textual evidence to support your ideas. 7 th grade English sample question under new standards Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 14

15 Students will work more deeply in fewer topics. o What this means: Teachers will cover fewer concepts in each grade but go into more depth on each concept to make sure every student gains a full understanding. o The benefit: Students will gain a full and foundational understanding of mathematics at all grade levels. What is changing in mathematics? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 15

16 Students will understand why the math works and be asked to talk about and prove their understanding. o What this means: Students will not just memorize formulas but will learn the foundations of mathematics. o The benefit: Students will learn critical foundational concepts and problem-solving skills in early grades so they are prepared for higher levels of math, such as algebra, when they reach the middle grades. What is changing in mathematics? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 16

17 Students will be asked to use math in real-world situations. o What this means: Students will learn strategies for solving problems and draw from their foundational understanding of math. o The benefit: Students will gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills that they can apply in postsecondary education and the workforce. What is changing in mathematics? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 17

18 Example: Algebra I SATP2 Question Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 18

19 High School Math Sample Question Under New Standards Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 19

20 Standards in other subject areas: The Mississippi Common Core Standards are only for mathematics and English language arts; however, there are literacy standards for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects that should be incorporated in social studies and science lessons. Students will still be tested in other subject areas of science and U.S. history. What is NOT Changing? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 20

21 In Spring 2015, Mississippi will measure students against these standards for the first time. Not as many students will be on grade level in mathematics and English language arts as before. These are higher standards, and it will take time for Mississippi students to master them. How will we know student achievement is improving? Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 21

22 Mississippi is moving to higher academic standards in mathematics and English language arts for grades K-12. These higher standards will benefit every Mississippi student because they will prepare students for college and the workforce. All schools will teach to these higher standards in Fall Students will be measured against these standards in Spring Summary Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 22

23 Contact: Your Name Your Title Your (List all presenters if multiple) Questions/Comments Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards 23


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