Common Core Communication Network: Websites

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Put Our Children 1st: Common Core for Common Goals

Description: The National Urban League Wire has published resources to help parents learn more and advocate for the Common Core. With a map, backgrounder, Q&A, and key messages, this succinct brief allows parents to quickly become familiar with what the Common Core is and how it will benefit their students.

CC Better Lesson

Description: The National Education Association (NEA) and BetterLesson launched a website to help educators share Common Core-friendly ELA and math lesson plans with others. These lessons are from more than 100 teachers who have used these lessons and can tell you what works about them, pitfalls to avoid, and Common Core tips and tricks. Educators in your district will likely find this to be a helpful resource. =

World’s Largest Educational Resource Catalog

Description: For educators looking for videos and games related to the Common Core, this website has compiled more than a quarter of a million resources. You can browse the whole directory or search by standards. It’s a must-see resource for all educators looking for ways to make the Common Core more accessible.

Common Core Math {Outside of the Box}

Description: In this blog post, a teacher using Common Core for the first time in her classroom shares worksheets she developed to help her students think “outside of the box” when it comes to math. They are great tools to help students achieve the skills Common Core expects them to gain, such as being able to explain how they arrived at a conclusion.

Interpreting 3-8 ELA/Mathematics Tests, Results and Score Reports

Description: A web resource from engageNY, a website developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department, to help families understand what the new tests mean, and tools for educators tasked with communicating about the new assessments.

Common Core Standards Professional Development

Description: An online professional development resource developed to help educators understand the changes Common Core brings. This page includes sample videos, brochures for parents (in English and Spanish), and an opportunity for more in-depth information.

Common Core GPS

Description: Cobb County School District shared their microsite designed to help people navigate and understand the Common Core. There are resources for educators and parents, as well as a timeline, and more topic-specific information. Cobb County Schools describe the Common Core State Standards as a way to build upon the strength of current standards to boost the competitive advantage of American students, who for the first time will have the opportunity to meet the academic standards set by top-performing countries.

Bryant Public Schools Common Core Website

Description: Bryant Public Schools has put together a website to explain the Common Core to its constituents. The Arkansas school district has broken down information by grade level, information for parents, tools and templates, and professional development. This resource gives a full understanding of what the Common Core looks like in Arkansas, so communicators can accurately discuss it.

Commit to the Core

Description: Commit to the Core is designed to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. It is dedicated to providing educators, parents and communities across Illinois with professional learning tools and resources to support students in reaching the state's vision for a college- and career-ready education.

Below are some print materials that Commit to the Core has developed.

Common Core for Educators

Common Core for Students

Common Core for Community

Common Core Practice Tests Now Available from Smarter Balanced

Description: Smarter Balanced released online practice tests to help educators prepare their students for the changes in Common Core assessments. They will work with educators to help develop a digital library of formative assessments and professional development resources. This way, educators will be properly prepared to provide great education in accordance with the Common Core State Standards.

The Assessment Consortia

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) 

PARCC is a consortium of 23 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (Smarter Balanced)

Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is developing an assessment system aligned to the CCSS by the 2014-15 school year. The states that are a member of the Smarter Balanced consortium are Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

National Center and State Collaborative Partnership (NCSC)

NCSC is building a comprehensive assessment system that includes project-developed products and processes to support educators as they plan for and provide appropriate instruction that addresses common standards. These supports will help Individualized Education Program teams accurately identify the learner characteristics of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and make appropriate decisions about how each student participates in the overall system of assessments. The 19 state partners are: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Pacific Assessment Consortium (PAC-6), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming. 

Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortia (DLM)

DLM s a group of 13 states dedicated to the development of an alternative assessment system. The DLM project is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content. The new DLM alternate assessment system will let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot.  The consortium includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Assessment Services Supporting English Language Learners Through Technology Systems Consortium (ASSETS)

The ASSETS project was awarded an Enhanced Assessment Grant in fall 2011 for nearly $10.5 million over 4 years to build a comprehensive and balanced technology-based assessment system for English language learners. The assessment system will be anchored in WIDA's English Language Proficiency Standards that are aligned with the CCSS, will be informed by rigorous ongoing research, and supported by comprehensive professional development and outreach. WIDA will maintain its consortium approach to decision-making about the design and direction of the project and will involve the expertise of nationally renowned partners.

ELPA21 Consortium

The purpose of the ELPA21 consortium is to enhance the quality of assessments used by states for measuring the development of student's English language proficiency (ELP).  The consortium will develop a system of valid and reliable ELP assessment instruments that align in deep and meaningful ways with college- and career-readiness standards in English language arts, mathematics and science. The English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework will be used to guide the development of ELP standards that reflect the academic vocabulary and English language skills needed to be successful in the content area classes. These ELP standards will be adopted by all member states and will be measured by the ELPA21 assessments. 

Under this grant, the consortium will develop two assessments to be used at each of six grade bands: (1) a diagnostic/screener test to provide information for English learner identification and placement, and (2) an annual summative assessment for monitoring of student progress, accountability, program exit, and instructional improvement.  All Consortium states will use these assessments and agreed-upon criteria for entry, placement and exit from English language learner programs. Through extended collaboration, ELPA21 will also develop supporting professional development resources, recommendations on formative assessment practices, a secure item bank from which locally defined interim benchmark assessments can be constructed, and a cooperative data reporting system.  The system as a whole is intended to establish a continuous feedback loop to teachers, schools and districts to support ongoing improvements in ELP instruction, teacher professional development, and student learning, K-12.

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

Description:  A group concerned with the national government having a say in their Missouri education opposes the Common Core, calling it a “thinly veiled initiative… designed to circumvent the prohibition of national education standards.” The group has two stated goals. 1. Take control of education out of DC and private corporation's hands and return it to our local communities, and 2.  Protect our children's privacy by restricting government's ability to collect and share information about them.

What Is Common Core: A Critical Website

Description: The website is focused on blog posts against the Common Core. Topics of posts include parents’ rights, student privacy, and Arne Duncan. This website is mainly written by a former English teacher from Utah whose own students have been both home schooled and enrolled in public school. She has taught in a variety of schools.

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