CCUSD and the Common Core
State Standards [CCSS]
1. CCSS for English Language Arts: Click here for video
2. Unwrapping the Standards: Professional Development Session .ppt
Overview Sheets: Grades K-5
1. CCSS for Mathematics: Click here for video
2. Unwrapping the Standards Morning Session - Professional Development Session
3. Unwrapping the Standards Afternoon Session - Professional Development Session
Implementation of 8 Mathematical Practices - explanation/video by Joseph Almeida:
The Common Core State Standards [CCSS] for English Language Arts [ELA], for ELA in Science, Social Studies, and Technical Areas and the CCSS for Math were adopted by the State of Arizona in the 2010-11 school year and will be implemented in the 2011-12 school year in compliance with the promise of the Arizona Department of Education to compete for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA] funding to infuse financial support into rebuilding the American Educational System. Click here for more information on the development of the Common Core State Standards.
While Arizona came in 12th in the latest application process [the top ten applications were funded], our schools will benefit from implementation of the CCSS whether or not we receive ARRA funding. The CCSS are:
*Aligned with college and work expectations
These standards are based on several key factors:
*Research and evidence
Only standards deemed essential for college and career readiness have been included in the Common Core State Standards. Readiness as been defined as relevant for the 21st century, a global economy, and a competitive society.
Cited from the International Center for Leadership in Education, 2011
CCSS and NAEP
"Currently, NAEP provides a consistent examination of student achievement levels across the country. One consistent set of standards and one consistent set of assessment tools allow state-to-state and international comparisions.
Consider one recent study, which found that 31 states had set proficiency scores in 4th grade reading that were lower than the cutoff for the Basic level of performance on NAEP, the common test scale for mapping state performance standards at the Proficient level. At the 8th grade level, 15 states set standards lower than the Basic level! In grade 4 mathematics, seven states set standards that were lower than the Basic level. In grade 8 mathematics, eight states set standards that were lower than Basic. This points, once again, to the relatively low standards set for American's school children.
The following chart indicates the relative amounts of literary and informational materials in the reading portions of NAEP at the grade 4, 8 , and 12 levels." Cited from the International Center for Leadership in Education
READING FRAMEWORK FOR NAEP 2009
NAEP 2011 WRITING FRAMEWORK
The Need for Common Core State Standards: Stanford Professor
Linda Darling-Hammond makes a compelling case for the need for improvement in American education. Referencing the Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA], an international test of mathematics, science, and reading, Darling-Hammond cites these startling facts:
1. the United States is 35th out of 40 in science among industrialized nations
2. the United States is 29th out of 40 in mathematics
3. Americans scored slightly better in reading, however, US scores have been slipping in all three areas
The Common Core State Standards address these areas that are currently lacking a focus:
CCSS for Mathematics
CCSS for English Language Arts
CCSS for ELA in Social Studies
CCSS for ELA in Science
CCSS for ELA in Technical Areas