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Title: Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi Department of
Education Common Core State
Standards and Assessments
Mathematics and English/Language Arts
Lynn J. House, Ph.D. Deputy State Superintendent
What is the CCSS Initiative?
  • An initiative of the National Governors
    Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State
    School Officers (CCSSO)
  • A significant and historic opportunity for states
    to collectively develop and adopt a core set of
    academic standards in Mathematics and
    English/Language Arts

Why is this initiative important?
  • Provides consistency across states
  • Allows for equal access
  • Prepares students to compete globally
  • Allows for more focused professional development
  • Allows for the development of a common assessment
  • Provides the opportunity to compare and evaluate
    policies that affect student achievement across

What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
  • Fewer, clearer, and higher
  • Aligned with college and work expectations
  • Rigorous content requiring higher-order thinking
    and application of knowledge
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Evidence-and/or research-based

Shift from Whats Taught to What Students
Need to Be Able to Do
  • To succeed in 21st century college and careers,
    students need to be able to

5. Reflect on / improve performance 6.
Communicate 7. Work in teams 8. Create / innovate
/ critique
1. Solve problems 2. Manage oneself 3. Adapt to
change 4. Analyze / conceptualize
9. Engage in learning throughout life
Instructional Delivery System
  • At a minimum, to successfully implement Common
    Core State Standards and Assessments, TEACHERS
  • Know how to plan intentionally for rigorous and
    deep learning experiences.
  • Know how to design and utilize formative
    assessment that ensures retention and the ability
    to apply learning.
  • Be able to create a learning environment that
    fosters deep thinking, engagement of students,
    integration of subject areas, and problem-based
    learning experiences.
  • Must be able to analyze and use a variety of data
    to drive instructional practice.
  • Must embrace continuous professional learning.

Fall 2009 -Released draft of College/Career Readiness Standards to states and public
January 2010 -Released several drafts of K-12 Standards to states
February 2010 -Released draft K-12 Standards to the public
June 2, 2010 -Released Final K-12 Standards
June 2010 -Adopted by MS State Board of Education
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Key design considerations
  • Individual grade levels in K-8
  • Solid foundation for grades K-5 in whole numbers,
    addition, subtraction, multiplication, division,
    fractions, and decimals
  • Solid foundation for grades 6-8 in geometry,
    algebra, and probability and statistics
  • Conceptual categories such as algebra, functions
    and modeling in grades 9 - 12

Mathematics Alignment Examples
  • CCSS Math 3rd grade
  • Fluently multiply and divide within 100.
  • Understand two fractions as equivalent.
  • MS Math 4th grade
  • Recall multiplication and division facts.
  • Model and identify equivalent fractions.

Alignment of CCSS for Math and MS Math Framework
  • Initial alignment study done in-house and
    additional study done by SEDL
  • Overall alignment is not good
  • -Many specifics in the CCSS are addressed in
    the MS Math Framework but at a lower
  • grade level(s)
  • -Several of the MS Math Framework
  • objectives are not mentioned in the
  • Common Core
  • CCSS for Math are more rigorous than the MS Math

Common Core State Standards for English Language
Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies,
Science, and Technical Subjects
  • Key design considerations
  • Sections divided by Strands for K-5 and 6-12
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language

ELA Alignment Examples
  • CCSS ELA 3rd grade
  • With guidance and support from peers and adults,
    strengthen writing as needed by revising and
  • MS ELA 3rd grade
  • Use an appropriate composing process (e.g.,
    planning, drafting, revising, editing, and
    publishing/sharing) to compose or edit.

Alignment of CCSS English Language Arts (ELA)
and MS ELA
  • Initial alignment study done in-house and
    additional study done by SEDL
  • Overall alignment is good
  • -Few specifics in the CCSS are not addressed
  • in the MS ELA Framework or not
  • at the same grade level
  • -Many of the MS ELA Framework
  • objectives and sub-objectives are
  • mentioned in the Common Core
  • Rigor is comparable

RttT Assessment Proposals
  • The Process
  • Proposals were due from multi-state consortia on
    June 23, 2010
  • Awards were made in September, 2010
  • New Consortia tests to replace current state NCLB
    tests in 2014-2015
  • Two Comprehensive Assessment Proposals Funded
  • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
    College and Careers (PARCC)
  • 26 states, 31 million students K-12
  • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
  • 31 states, 21 million students K-12
  • Note 12 states currently in both and 6 states in

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
RTTT Assessment Program Requirements
  • Build upon shared standards for college/career
  • Measure individual growth as well as proficiency
  • Measure the extent each student is on track, at
    each grade level tested, toward college/career
    readiness by high school completion, and provide
    information that is useful in informing
  • Teaching, learning, and program improvement
  • Determinations of school effectiveness
  • Determinations of educator effectiveness for use
    in evaluations and provision of support to
  • Determinations of individual student
    college/career readiness, through high school
    exit decisions, college course placement into
    credit-bearing classes, and/or college entrance.

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
PARCC Two Types of
Summative Assessments
  • Taken on computer, with mixed
  • item types
  • Scored entirely by computer for
  • fast results
  • One to three tasks that assess a
  • few keystone standards/topics
  • Given at three points during the
  • school year, near the end of quarters
  • Results within 2 weeks to inform
  • instruction and intervention

Scores from both focused end-of-yr.
assessments will be combined for annual
accountability score.
Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
PARCC Focused Assessments 1 and 2
  • In a single session/class period, students in
    grades 3 - 11 will
  • ELA Read texts, draw evidence to form
    conclusions, and prepare a written analysis
  • Math For each of 1 or 2 essential topics
    (standards or clusters of standards), complete 1
    to 3 constructed response tasks

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
PARCC Focused Assessment 3
  • Over several sessions/class periods, students
    will complete a project-like task that draws on a
    range of skills. Examples
  • ELA Locate digital information, evaluate
  • select sources, and compose an
    essay or
  • research paper
  • Math Perform a multi-step performance task
  • that requires application of
  • skills and reasoning and may
  • technological tools
  • Speaking/Listening task Conducted in
  • not used for accountability,
    scored by teacher.

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
PARCC End-of-Year Assessment
  • Composed of 40 to 65 questions of a range of
    item types including innovative
    technology-enhanced items to sample the full year
    of standards
  • Scored by computer
  • Will make major investment in enhanced item types

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
PARCC Resources, Tools, Supports
  • Partnership Resource Center
  • Interactive Data Tool for accessing data and
    creating customized reports
  • Exemplar lesson plans
  • Formative assessment items and tasks
  • Professional development materials regarding
    test administration,
  • scoring, and use of data
  • Online practice tests
  • Item development portal
  • Tools and resources developed by Partner states
  • Optional ready-to-use performance tasks for

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
The PARCC System
English Language Arts and Mathematics, Grades 3 -
Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
Basic PARCC Timeline
  • 2010-2011 Development/approval of common
  • 2011-2012 Initial item and task development,
    piloting of components
  • 2011-2012 Development of PD resources
    online platform
  • 2012-2013 Field testing
  • 2013-2014 Field testing
  • 2014-2015 New summative assessments in use
  • Summer 2015 Setting of common achievement

Center for K 12 Assessment Performance
Management at ETS
  • About PARCC
  • PARCC is a 25-state consortium working together
    to develop next-generation K-12 assessments in
    English and math. 
  • PARCC benefits
  • Students who will know if they are on track to
    graduate ready for college and careers
  • Teachers with regular results available to guide
    learning and instruction
  • Parents with clear and timely information about
    the progress of their children
  • States with valid results that are comparable
    across the 25 member states
  • The nation as it is based on college- and
    career-ready, internationally-benchmarked CCSS
  • Learn more about PARCC
  • PARCC Place
  • We are very excited to share the new website for
    the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
    College and Careers!
  • Whether you are an educator, policymaker, parent,
    student or simply an engaged member of the
    public, this website offers useful  information
    on the Common Core State Standards and PARCC
  • Read more

Next Steps for MDE
  • Continue to meet with stakeholder groups (K-12
    and IHL) to
  • - review findings of the alignment study (DONE)
  • - develop a crosswalk (DONE)
  • - determine 9-12 courses (IN PROGRESS)
  • - make resources known to stakeholders (IN
  • - align/revise PK3 and PK4 guidelines (IN
  • Conduct regional awareness sessions webinars
    through RESAs
  • (DONE)
  • Format the CCSS to reflect the structure of the

    MS Curriculum Frameworks (TBD)
  • Revise/develop instructional materials (suggested
    teaching strategies, resources, assessment
    aids) and offer training (TBD)
  • Conduct Train-the-Trainer Sessions (IN PROGRESS)
  • Determine which policies/procedures need
    adjustment (TBD)
  • Plan transition to new assessments (IN PROGRESS)

Implementation Timeline
Chart below illustrates proposed implementation
schedule pending funding and additional PARCC
Summer 2011
Fall 2011
Spring 2012
Fall 2012
Spring 2013
Summer 2012
Summer 2013
Grades K 2 3 5 6 8 9 12
Follow Up
Follow Up
Follow Up
Follow Up
Follow Up
Follow Up
Follow Up
Follow Up
K-12 follow-up sessions will occur around the
state in late summer 2013.
Common Core Website List of Resources
  • www.corestandards.org (Key Resources)
  • Reaching Higher the Common Core State Standards
    Validation Committee
  • Summary of Public Feedback for K-12 Standards
  • Summary of Public Feedback for College and Career
    Readiness Standards
  • Common Core State Standards Criteria
  • Common Core State Standards Considerations
  • Joint International Benchmarking Report
  • Key Points of the English Language Arts Standards
  • Key Points of the Math Standards

Common Core Website List of Resources
  • 9. Frequently Asked Question
  • 10. Myths vs. Facts
  • 11. Common Core Standards PowerPoint-March 2010
  • 12. Common Core State Standards Webinar
    (PowerPoint presentation) June 30, 2010  
  • www.mde.k12.ms.us (Hot Topics)
  • 13. CCSS MASA Powerpoint, October 2010
  • 14. CCSS Powerpoint and Webinar, November 30,
  • 15. Common Core State Standards Initiative Key

  • Questions??

Common Core Website http//www.corestandards.org/
MDE Website www.mde.k12.ms.us (hot topics)
Contact Information
Trecina Green Bureau Director Curriculum and
Instruction Mississippi Department of
Education commoncore_at_mde.k12.ms.us 601-359-2586 tg
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