Science and the Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.
Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.
Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.
Assembly Bill 484 Signed into Law
Signed into law on October 2, 2013, Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. AB 484 calls for the transition to a system of assessments and assessment tools that cover the full breadth and depth of the curriculum. This transition will take several years to complete.
For the 2013–14 school year, CalMAPP is comprised of the following:
w Field test of the consortium (i.e., Smarter Balanced) summative assessment for English–language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Each participating student will take either an ELA or mathematics field test.
w Grade-level science assessments, including the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and the California Modified Assessment (CMA), in grades five, eight, and ten
w CAPA for ELA and mathematics in grades two through eleven
w Voluntary for grade eleven students, the Early Assessment Program in ELA and mathematics
w Optional for local educational agencies (LEAs) to administer, the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (Further information about grade levels and subjects will be forthcoming.)
The chaptered version of AB 484 can be accessed online at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB484.
Questions and Answers regarding AB 484 are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab484qa.asp. Further questions about AB 484 should be directed to AB484@cde.ca.gov.
IMSS Common Core Webinar Series
Resource Materials: CCSS
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year. For additional information about Smarter Balance and the assessments please go to the following link: http://www.smarterbalanced.org
CDE Smarter Balanced Field Test Web Page Now Available
The Smarter Balanced Field Test will take place March 18 through June 6, 2014. The CDE now has a Web page dedicated to providing information about the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test. The Web page, which is available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp, describes the purpose of the Field Test as well as the benefits that participation will provide to students, teachers, administrators, and LEAs. In addition, the Field Test Web page contains a link to questions and answers that address such topics as: