- The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and Mathematics. The standards cover reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics. 46 states are involved.
The Smarter Balanced Consortium is one of two organizations within the United States developing an assessment system for Common Core. California and twenty five other and territories are part of Smarter Balanced Consortium. Smarter Balanced is developing a digital assessment system. There are two key benefits:
·The digital assessments will modify and adapt as students take them. If the student answers one question correctly, the next will be more challenging.
·Test results will be made available to schools in a shorter period of time. Hopefully this will allow sites the ability to use test results for student placement during the following year.
Our job is to prepare students to be successful the day after high school graduation. CCSS should not be thought of as a magical solution for education. Before STAR was CAT 6. CCSS is only the latest in a series of educational movements designed to increase academic rigor in the classroom.
Our instruction will not instantly transform. The art of instruction is constantly evolving. CCSS provides us with the guidelines and expectations necessary to continue the transformation. Common Core will be more demanding. This means what we teach will evolve, what students learn will evolve, and how parents support students will evolve.