CorePlanner Blog

9/8/2014

What will Common Core roll-out mean for you?


I don’t have to tell you that this school year will be unlike others. This is the year that the Common Core State Standards (and your students) will be put to the test. In New Jersey, where I am teaching, the annual state test has been swapped out for the PARCC, a CCSS-aligned assessment, which students will take in the spring.
Obviously, the imminence of state testing has the implementation of CCSS in high gear.


States have different strategies for preparing students and teachers and I’m sure many of you spent some time this summer in PD learning about CCSS implementation. I won’t go into those logistics, but I do want to provide a take on how a few things will change.

 

1. Everyone is a reading teacher

a. The new CCSS standards break literacy down into components and emphasize non-fiction text. They even provide standards for reading texts from subjects outside of English. As a former science teacher, I appreciate the nod to scientific text. As a current reading teacher, I’m thrilled to have the work of my brilliant colleagues across the silos working with me to improve reading levels. Everybody wins!

2. Vertical alignment is no longer optional

a. The standards have strands which run from elementary school into middle and high school. Ways of thinking and analytical skills built in the early grades will serve students in their later years and into college and their careers. I love the thoughtfulness of this and the reminder that we are all on the same team.

3. Analysis is everything

a. By and large the CCSS shift from discrete content knowledge to skills-focused learning. I believe this opens up the opportunity for achievement to students with diverse learning styles. I, for one, have a lot of difficulty memorizing but I enjoy the challenge of analyzing graphs and tables.

4. Multimedia

a. You’ll notice that there are standards which ask students to compare diverse sources of information (movies, pictures, music) as well as some which require students to find diverse sources of information (internet searches, blog posts, etc.). This feels current to me and speaks to skills students will need and can use daily.

How have you noticed things changing in your school because of the roll-out of the Common Core State Standards?


Hugs,
-¬‐ Annie Krut, M.Ed.
anniekrut@eighthugs.com