Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core


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Review the Book Website for Programs and Techniques that Teach Cognitive Strategies

What percentage of students would be able to complete an assignment that required them to use the key cognitive strategies? Which key cognitive strategy would cause students the most difficulty? See the website for this book for programs and techniques to teach cognitive strategies to more students.

Examine the Example Performance Tasks in Figure 10.1 (Continuum of Assessment for Deeper Learning)

Examine the example performance tasks that represent points along the continuum presented in figure 10.1 (Continuum of Assessment for Deeper Learning). Which kind of tasks along the continuum are used in classrooms in your school? What would have to occur for your school to the next type of task on the continuum?

Build On-demand Writing Activities into In-class Assignments

The performance tasks of the both consortia include on-demand writing and revision within fixed periods of time. Build on-demand writing activities into in-class assignments to help reduce anxiety or time management issues when students encounter the formal writing tasks on the assessments.

PARCC Sample Tasks

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has shared samples of PARCC items to provide information about the assessment system and support educators as they transition to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests.

Innovation Lab Network (ILN)

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning to transform the public education system.

New York Performance Standards Consortium

A coalition of schools in New York State that build instruction around performance tasks.

Determine How Familiar Teachers in the School are with Performance Tasks

Determine how familiar teachers in the school are with performance tasks. Many examples of performance tasks can be found online. Appendix B of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards contains examples at all grade levels, including college and career ready. To foster familiarity, have all teachers in a subject area score a common performance task, and then compare their results.

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