STRATEGIC PLAN
The Common Core State Standards:
Tennessee’s Transition Plan
Knox County’s Implementation
QUESTIONS?
commoncore@knoxschools.org
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Agenda
Topics
1
The context in Tennessee;
our purpose and goals
2
The Common Core Standards
3
TN
and KCS
Implementation Plan
4
How
you can help
& Resources
2
Our transition to Common Core Standards is central
to strengthening Tennessee’s competitiveness
Source
: “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through
2018” (The
Georgetown University Center on Education and the
Workforce), 2011 NCES NAEP data, ACT
Tennessee’s
Competitiveness
Only 21% of adults in
TN
have a college
degree
TN
ranks
46
th
in 4
th
grade
math and 41
st
in
4
th
grade reading
nationally
54% of new jobs will
require post

secondary
education
Only
16% of high
school seniors in TN
are college ready
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Implementation of Common Core State
Standards complements other work underway
Student readiness for
postsecondary education
and the workforce
(
WHY
we teach)
Common Core State
Standards provide a
vision of excellence
for
WHAT
we teach
Evaluation System
provides a vision of
excellence for
HOW
we teach
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Topics
1
The context in Tennessee;
our purpose and goals
2
The Common Core Standards
3
TN
and KCS
Implementation Plan
4
How
you can help
& Resources
5
Common Core State Standards will help our
results match our potential
The
Common Core State Standards
will strengthen teaching and
learning with standards that are:
Focused, coherent,
clear,
and rigorous
Internationally benchmarked
Anchored in college and career readiness
Evidence

and research

based
Tennessee students are as talented as any in the nation.
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The Common Core State Standards represent six
key instructional shifts
MATH:
1.
Focus
strongly where the Standards focus
2.
Coherence
: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
3.
Rigor
: require conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and
application with intensity.
ELA:
1.
Building knowledge through content

rich
nonfiction and informational texts
2.
Reading and writing grounded in
evidence
from text
3.
Regular practice with
complex text
and its academic vocabulary
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Educators cite challenges with our current
standards
Math
English/Language
Arts
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rd
grade:
TN.3.1.SPI.1:
Solve problems using a calendar.
3
rd
grade:
TN.3.3.CU.3:
Write friendly letters.
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th
grade:
TN.7.5.CU.1:
Create and interpret box

and

whisker plots and stem

and

leaf plots.
6
th
grade:
TN.6.7.SPI.6:
Identify the type of conflict (i.e.,
person vs. person, person vs. self, person vs. environment,
person vs. technology) represented in a non

print medium.
8
th
grade:
TN.8.1.CU.3:
Research the contributions of
Pythagoras to mathematics.
9
th
grade:
TN.9.7.E1.CU.3:
Analyze and apply visual and
sound techniques and design elements.
Math
English/Language
Arts
4
th
grade:
TN.4.5.SPI.4:
List all possible outcomes of a given
situation or event.
Kindergarten:
TN.K.8.GLE.4
: Identify basic literary
elements.
They are also occasionally vague and difficult to comprehend:
They do not always focus on the most important content for career and college readiness:
With precious instructional time, every minute must be focused on the skills
and content students need to compete.
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…and can lead to reductionist teaching and learning
The structure of the standards leads to questions at lower levels of rigor:
Question on 10
th
Grade ELA EOC Exam
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Common Core State Standards are narrower…
113
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#
of TN Standards for 3
rd
Grade Math:
# of Common Core Standards for 3
rd
Grade Math:
There are
1,119
Tennessee ELA standards not
covered in the Common Core
CLE
CU
GLE
SPI
Grand Total
45
501
109
464
1119
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…and deeper.
There were 28 cookies on a plate.
Five children each ate 1 cookie.
Two children each ate 3 cookies.
One child ate 5 cookies.
The rest of the children each ate 2 cookies.
Then the plate was empty
How
many children ate 2 cookies?
Use
multiplication equations
and other operations, if needed, to show how you found your
answer.
Jane thinks this question can be solved by dividing 28 by 2. She
is wrong. Explain using equations and operations why this is not
possible.
3
rd
Grade Math
3OA.3 (Operations and Algebraic thinking): Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in
situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with
a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problems.
Source: University of Pittsburgh, Copyrighted
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5
th
grade Math
A little
monkey had
60
peaches.
On
the first day he decided to keep 3/4 of his peaches.
He gave the rest away. Then he ate one
.
On the second day he decided to keep 7/11 of his peaches.
He gave the rest away. Then he ate one
.
On the third day he decided to keep 5/9 of his peaches.
He gave the rest away. Then he ate one
.
On the fourth day he decided to keep 2/7 of his peaches.
He gave the rest away. Then he ate one
.
On the fifth day he decided to keep 2/3 of his peaches.
He gave the rest away. Then he ate
one.
How
many did he have left at the end
?
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Topics
1
The context in Tennessee;
our purpose and goals
2
The Common Core Standards
3
TN
and KCS
Implementation Plan
4
How
you can help
& Resources
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PARCC
PARCC Goals:
1.
Create high

quality assessments
2.
Build a pathway to college and
career readiness for
all
students
3.
Support educators in the classroom
4.
Develop 21
st
century, technology

based assessments
5.
Advance accountability at all levels
•
PARCC is state

led. There are 23 states. A subset of PARCC
states, including Tennessee, make up its Governing Board.
•
Collectively the PARCC states educate more than 25 million
students
.
•
PARCC
assessments will begin in ’14

’15 for grades 3

11 in ELA
and math
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PARCC Components
Summative Assessment Components:
–
Performance

Based Assessment (PBA)
administered as close to the end of the school
year as possible. The ELA/literacy PBA will focus on writing effectively when analyzing
text. The mathematics PBA will focus on applying skills, concepts, and understandings to
solve multi

step problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance, and
strategic use of tools
–
End

of

Year Assessment (EOY)
administered after approx. 90% of the school year. The
ELA/literacy EOY will focus on reading comprehension. The math EOY will be comprised
of innovative, machine

scorable
items
Prototypes of PARCC Sample Items were released this summer.
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Grade 7 Illustrative Sample Item
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Sample 7
th
Grade Prototype
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Part A
Choose
one word that describes
Miyax
based on evidence from the text
. There is more than one correct choice listed below.
A.
reckless
B.
lively
C.
imaginative*
D.
observant*
E.
impatient
F.
confident
Part B
Find a sentence in the passage with details that support your response to Part A. Click on that sentence and drag and drop i
t i
nto the box below.
Part C
Find a second sentence in the passage with details that support your response to Part A. Click on that sentence and drag and
dr
op it into the box
below.
Grade 6 ELA
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PARCC Subjects
CURRENT
TCAP SUBJECTS
2014

2015 ASSESSMENT
ALIGNMENT
MATH
PARCC
READING
WRITING
SCIENCE
TCAP
SOCIAL
STUDIES
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Implementation Plan
2011

12
2012

13
2013

14
Grades K

2
Math and ELA
Grades 3

8
Math (partial)
Math
and
ELA
Grades 9

12
Pilot
ELA
Math and ELA
Grades
6

12
Literacy for social
studies, math, and
science
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Focus Math Standards for this year
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We will narrow the focus of the TCAP and expand
use of Constructed Response Assessments
PARCC
2011

2012
2012

2013
2013

2014
2014

2015
TCAP
We will remove 15

25% of SPIs that are not reflected in
Common Core State Standards from the TCAP NEXT year.
Constructed Response
We will expand the constructed response
assessment for all
grades
3

8,
fo
cused on the
TNCore
f
ocus
standards
for math
.
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2012

2013 assessment plan, math 3

8
•
Official Constructed
Response Assessment
(paper

based only,
scored by state, results
reported in July)
May
•
CRA 2
(paper and online
option, scored by
teachers in Field
Service Center
region, reported
by school team)
February
•
CRA 1
(paper and online
option, scored by
teachers in Field
Service Center
region, reported by
school team)
October
Student performance on the Constructed Response
Assessments will not affect teacher, school, or district
accountability for the next two years.
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ELA pilots
•
This year, we want to
broadly
support districts with interest to begin piloting
implementation of Common Core State Standards in 3

12 ELA.
•
There will be
no changes to the ELA TCAP or End of Course Exams
this year.
•
There will be changes to the
Writing Assessment
.
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Writing Assessment
Previous Writing Exams
5
th
, 8
th
, 11
th
Open Ended Prompts
Narrative, Expository,
Persuasive
Paper Based
2012

2013 Writing
Still 5
th
, 8
th
and 11th
Text Based Prompts
Same genre structure
8th and 11th Grade
Online, 5th Grade
optional online
2013

2014 Writing
Still 5
th
, 8
th
and 11
th
Text Based Prompts
Could be any genre, any
grade
8th and 11th Grade
Online, 5th Grade
optional online
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Topics
1
The context in Tennessee;
our purpose and goals
2
The Common Core Standards
3
TN
and KCS
Implementation Plan
4
How
you can help
& Resources
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Parent Resources
•
Parents’ Guide to Student Success
–
http://www.pta.org/4446.htm
•
Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core
–
http://www.cgcs.org
•
Tennessee Common Core
–
www.tncore.org
•
KCS Common Core
–
www.commoncore.knoxschools.org
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Questions?
commoncore@knoxschools.org
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