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Turning Dreams into Reality for All . K. ids!. Linda Sink, APS Chief Academic Officer. . January 19, 2012. MC. 2 . Leadership Conference. APS Common Core Standards. WHY . the Urgency for Developing.

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APS Common Core State Standards:

Turning Dreams into Reality for All Kids!

Linda Sink, APS Chief Academic Officer

January 19, 2012



Leadership ConferenceSlide2

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WHY the Urgency for Developing Common Standards Across the United StatesEnsuring high standards and equal opportunity for all studentsDesigned to connect K-12 standards to the demands of readiness for postsecondary education

Address the variation in



rigor across the nation. Major studies identified the existing state standards are a mile wide and an inch deep – they lack focus and coherenceGreater focus to give students and teachers more time to master essential skillsInternationally benchmarked, ensuring our students are globally competitiveSlide3

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HOWKey Strategies for CCSS Implementation at APSLearn lessons from the Pilot and apply those lessons to full implementationUse the development of assessments as a tool for understanding the rigor and content of the standardsFocus attention on specific classroom practice and student engagement/learning

Provide opportunities for professional learning: PLC’s, embedded PD, coaching, online PD

Design exemplary lessons and units; design formative benchmark assessments

Understand and implement common core progressions across elementary, middle and

high schoolEvaluate the pilot and full implementationSlide4

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WHEN 2010-2011Gates Grant utilized for the first year of planning the CCSS implementation in 2011-2012Gap analysis of current instructional materialsFirst phase of designing new formative assessments aligned to CCSS to understand the content and rigor of the standards 2011-2012

Cohorts of Math & ELA in 4th

and 8


grade implement standards in their classroomOn-line courses developed (Math & ELA)Pilot the new formative assessments 2012-2013K-3 Implementation of CCSS3rd grade SBA redesign to reflect CCSS (bridge assessment) 2013-2014K-12 Implementation of CCSS4th-11th grade SBA redesign to reflect CCSS (bridge assessment)Slide5

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WHAT Instructional Shifts for the Common Core Six Shifts in ELA/LiteracyBalancing Informational and Literary TextBuilding Knowledge in the DisciplinesStaircase of Complexity Text-Based Answers Writing From Sources Academic Vocabulary Six Shifts in Math


Deep Understanding


Dual IntensitySlide6

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Key Features of MathFocus and coherenceFocus on key topics at each grade levelCoherent progressions across grade levelsBalance of concepts and skillsContent standards require both conceptual understanding

and procedural fluencyMathematical practices

Foster reasoning and sense-making in


College and career readinessLevel is ambitious but achievable Slide7

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Standards for Mathematical PracticeDescribe mathematical “habits of mind” Connect with content standards in each gradeEight Standards for Mathematical PracticeMake sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Reason abstractly and quantitativelyConstruct viable arguments and critique the understanding of others

Model with mathematics

Use appropriate tools strategically

Attend to precisionLook for and make use of structureLook for and express regularity in repeated reasoningSlide8

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Pilot ProjectThe Gates Foundation underwrote six planning grants for these urban districts:Albuquerque AtlantaBostonClevelandPhiladelphia St. PaulAPS’ Key StrategiesIdentify pilot schools for 4th and 8th

grade ELA and Math Cohorts Use Assessment Development as a way to study the content and depth of knowledge of the standards.Provide pilot teachers and principals time & training to unpack standards; develop lesson plans for the first weeks of school

On-going meetings with pilot cohorts to

Support pilot teachers in their implementation

Provide teacher collaboration within and across schools for joint planningSupport principals in understanding their role in teacher and community supportGather feedback to refine our support structures and processes for future implementationSlide9

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Lessons Learned from the APS PilotDistrict PerspectiveTeachers like the way the standards are logically structured.Teachers love the fact that they are going deep in content rather than wide.Teachers need access to supplemental materials to go to the Depth of Knowledge levels. Resources can be shared from across the country, state, and district.New emphasis on informational texts gives many opportunities to teach across the curriculum (i.e. science and social studies).Teachers report that a basic knowledge of

how to “unpack the standards” is best learned

through the construction of assessments around

the standards.Teachers report that joint study of student work through common assessments helped them gain understanding of the content and depth of standards Slide10

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Lessons Learned from the APS PilotDistrict PerspectiveOn-going review and improvements to the design of scope and sequence based on teacher needs and feedback.Teachers need to gain a deeper understanding of the content they are teaching.Teaching Common Core validates that standards drive what to teach and instructional materials and core programs support

instructional delivery

Teachers need to have time to share strategies and resources (before school year starts and during the school day).


have a better understanding of how assessments help guide instructional strategies and depth of instruction Slide11

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What our students say about the Common Core Standards…What a CCSS class looks like…What the teachers say about the Common Core Standards…Slide12

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Critical Questions for Successful ImplementationWhat are the benefits to the students and the families?What are the biggest changes in instructional practices?What will the new standards mean for curriculum and instructional materials?What are the implications of implementing the CCSS before aligned assessments are in place?What does this mean for state & federal accountability during the transition?What supports will be necessary to help students meet the raised expectations?

What supports will be necessary to help educators teach the raised expectations?What are the costs and savings over time?

How can we use existing human and financial resources to cover the implementation?

How do these new practices fit into new state and

federal reforms?What are the higher education implications for these new standards?Slide13

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Next Steps. . . Slide14







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For more information, go to http://www.aps.edu/academics/common-core-state-standards