Implementing the Common Core has brought about changes in the way we approach instruction, not only for ELA and Math, but for content areas as well. Along with this is a need to re-envision assessment of student performance. Here are some ongoing projects in support of the shifts we’re making in our schools.
1. New York State Social Studies Framework
The New York State Social Studies Framework is designed to bring together Social Studies themes, Common Core literacy skills, and Social Studies practices. The K-8 Social Studies Framework keeps the same content focus for each grade level while the 9-12 Framework is a chronological approach to Global History and Geography. Readers of the 9-12 Framework can submit feedback via a survey until March 8, 2013.
2. Basal Alignment Project
A collaborative effort among hundreds of teachers produced Common Core aligned lesson materials for common basal reading series for grades 3-5 with an Anthology alignment project for grades 6-10 coming soon. These basal lessons include a listing of text dependent questions, vocabulary divided in Words Worth Knowing and Key Words Essential to Understanding and a culminating task that requires students to return to the text to answer questions and find supporting evidence. You’ll find these lessons housed in an Edmodo group. If you’re not already a member of Edmodo, instructions for joining the group can be found on the Basal Alignment Project webpage.
3. PARCC Assessment
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, has shared item and task prototypes “designed to shine a light on important elements of the CCSS and to show how critical content in the standards may be manifested on PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments.” When you visit the site, you’ll be able to interact with prototype tasks for Math grades 3, 4, 6, 7, and high school as well as ELA/Literacy for grade 3,6, 7 and 10.