Common Core Standards
Ohio will administer state testing on the Common Core Standards (CCS) beginning in the spring of 2015. Dayton Public Schools has already begun to transition curriculum, instruction and assessment processes to meet these new expectations. This site outlines our four-year transition plan and provides guidance and resources to teachers for implementing the CCS in the classroom.
Find the Parent Roadmap to Common Core Standards here.
What IS the "Common Core?"
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades K-12. The standards have been developed by teachers across the country and are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world. Ohio is one of 44 states that has adopted the CCSS.
Why is the Common Core important?
Today, we have different standards in every state and we need a common core of state standards to ensure all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in college and work. Beginning in 2014–15, state assessment systems will be aligned to measure student achievement on the CCSS. Therefore it is important for teachers to become knowledgeable now, so that they can better prepare students to achieve.
Today’s kindergarten students will be the first students to take the new Common Core Assessments. Today’s middle school students will have to pass Common Core assessments in order to graduate from high school.
What is different about the Common Core?
The ELA and Mathematic CCSS stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels. Both ELA and Mathematics standards focus students on developing the skills and perseverance to engage in sustained problem solving and research. The characteristics of the CCSS are changed from Ohio’s current standards design, however the most significant changes are in focus and learning expectations.
Key Advances in English Language Arts CCSS
- A greater emphasis on informational text
- Development of an “academic” vocabulary
- Close reading of increasingly complex text
- Developing an ability to learn from text through text dependent questioning
- Emphasis on argument & informative writing and speaking
- Addition of standards for reading and writing in history, science and technical subjects
Key Advance in Mathematics CCSS
- Application of mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues
- Major emphasis in early grades on development of number concepts
- An expectation of fluency with operations
- A progression of learning beginning in Kindergarten of algebraic thinking, number operations and systems, geometry, and statistics
- An emphasis at higher grades on mathematical modeling
How and when will students be assessed on the Common Core standards?
Ohio has joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium, one of two national consortia currently developing the assessments that states will use to assess students on the Common Core. The first administration of PARCC assessments is scheduled for the spring of 2015 for students in grades 3-11.
While there is not a lot of information available on these assessments, we do know that the format will be very different from the traditional multiple choice items found in the OAA and OGT. The PARCC assessment system will administer both formative and summative assessments and all assessments will be administered on line. Assessments will be designed to measure the full range of the standards and the full continuum of student performance. The overall assessment system design will include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced, computer-scored items.
How is Dayton Public Schools preparing students and staff for the transition to the Common Core?
As part of the district’s Race to the Top initiative, Dayton Public Schools has developed a Common Core Transition Plan addressing four key areas: Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development, Assessment and Resources. The plan outlines major steps in each area to transition students, staff and processes to the new expectations of the Common Core. The plan is coordinated and implemented under the direction of a Common Core Transition team comprised of teachers, principals and administrators.
How can I learn more?
- Visit the Common Core Standards website
- Talk with colleagues. A listing of Common Core Transition Team members and Academic Achievement Team teachers can be found on the district InfoNet.
- Attend district, building and regional scheduled professional development sessions