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1 What is NWEA Doing With The Common Core? Presenters: Mr. Rob Johnson Mr. Dan Henderson, NWEA Partner Relations Team

2 Agenda for Today What is NWEA s Response to the Common Core Standards? What should be considered when adopting a Common Core test in your state? General CC Background (Common Core 101) MAP for Common Core Test Fall 2011 Closing Thoughts & Questions

3 Aligned with college and work expectations Focused and coherent Council of Chief State School Officers & National Governor s Association Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through highorder skills Internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society Based on evidence and research* *

4 NWEA and the Common Core The Common Core State Standards have been a major focus at NWEA Matt Chapman, Chief Executive Officer and Raymond Yeagley, Chief Academic Officer, presented an analysis of a draft-version of the standards to the three organizations leading and managing the standards development process (Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, and Achieve Inc.).

5 MAP aligned with Common Core Can we build a MAP Test? Yes, we can! We can alignto the CCSS in the same way we align to existing state standards We can create goal structures in reading, language usage and mathematics just as we do for existing state standards We can create item pools that measure the breadth of the standards (sufficient items for each goal area) So..

6 Who has adopted?

7 Common Core Implementation Each state will determine the extent to which it implements the Common Core. 27 states have adopted the CCSS as is 10 states have elected to supplement the CCSS with up 15% additional standards 7 have yet to decide how to implement the CCSS States will support current state standards & CCSS during a transitional period Many states plan to develop crosswalks of the CCSS to their state standards

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9 Districts Dilemma Rock Old Standards Existing Curriculum State Summative AYP Hard Place CCSS (+ 15%) New Curriculum (must be created) Next Generation Assessments???? New ESEA (CCR)

10 Districts Solution Smooth Transition State MAP Stable RIT scale Smooth Transition MAP aligned to Common Core Stable RIT scale Student Growth Student Growth Goal Scores and DesCartes Goal Scores and DesCartes

11 What s included in MAP aligned with Common Core? MAP aligned with Common Core will include the following content areas: (Includes both Survey Test and Survey with Goals Test) Mathematics 2-5 / Mathematics 6+ (50 items) Language Usage 2-12 (50 items) Reading 2-5/ Reading 6+ (40 items)

12 What s included in MAP aligned with Common Core? Coverage and Alignment The initial version of the tests covers only content of the Common Core State Standards that can be assessed by using hand aligned multiple-choice items. These multiple choice hand aligned items have been identified by the NWEA Content Services Team. This has resulted in a tight alignment to the standards at a granular level in each content area.

13 DesCartes What s included in MAP aligned with Common Core? Targeted for release with the next phase of the Common Core tests in the fall of Extended Goal Structure Document Specific language that describes what has been included in each goal.

14 CCSS Alignment One Decision (hand-aligned) Items directly aligned to grade level standard(s) Assures item measures appropriate content and is appropriate for item pool Allows us to do a gap analysis finding standards with few alignments. MAP is M/C only. Guides new item development and pool enhancement Allow us to demonstrate alignment Items in pool have no grade association it is a MAP pool

15 MPG aligned with Common Core? Debut of Common Core-aligned MPG Survey with Goals tests that: 1. will be directly aligned to grade level standard(s) 2. will have items pools that are validated by NWEA psychometricians 3. will not be grade-specific, meeting students where they are 4. will include multiple choice, traditional MPG item types, and new kinds of items 5. will assess math and reading Available July 2012

16 Common Core State Standards (Math) Math CCSS were influenced by Singapore, Hong Kong and Finland, etc. (high performing nations) and build from the ground up using the topics and approaches of these high performing nations. See TIMSS report.

17 Math Common Core Standards Standards are more focused and coherent. Coherence Sequence of topics and performances Hierarchical nature Key ideas around which knowledge is organized Evolution from particulars to deep structure --William Schmidt and Richard Houang(2002)

18 MAP 2-5 Goals & CCSS Domains MAP Math 2-5 Goal Names Common Core Domains for K-5 Operations and Algebraic Thinking Operations and Algebraic Thinking Number and Operations in Base Ten Counting and Cardinality Number and Operations in Base Ten Number & Operations-Fractions Number and Operations-Fractions Measurement and Data Measurement and Data Geometry Geometry

19 Two Math Goal Structures Different goal names on the 2-5 and 6+ tests allow for clearer reporting in terms of CCSS Forward and backward mapping always done All 2-5 items are mapped into 6+ test Items that aligned to grade 6 and/or 7 were backmapped into 2-5 test if foundational knowledge for item in 2-5 standards is present

20 MAP 6+ Goals & CCSS Domains/Conceptual Categories MAP Math 6+ Goal Names Common Core 6-8 Math Domains and High School Conceptual Categories (HSCC) Algebra, Functions, Expressions, & Equations The Real & Complex Number Systems HSCC Expressions and Equations Functions Functions, Algebra Ratios and Proportional Relationships The Number System Geometry HSCC 6-8 & HSCC Geometry Number and Quantity Statistics and Probability 6-8 & HSCC Statistics & Probability (Distributed Across Goals) HSCC Modeling 20

21 Common Core State Standards English- Language Arts (ELA) The ELA standards were backward mapped from 32 Career and College Readiness standards (CCRS) that were developed first. These 32 standards provide the organizing structure for the K-12 standards.

22 ELA Strands Reading for Literature: K-5 & 6-12 Reading for Informational Text: K-5 & 6-12 Reading: Foundational Skills: K-5 Writing: K-5 & 6-12 Speaking and Listening: K-5 & 6-12 Language: K-5 & 6-12 ELA Organization Strand Level

23 Text Complexity Grade Bands and Associated Lexile Ranges (in Lexiles) Text Complexity Grade Band in the Standards Old Lexile Ranges Lexile Ranges Aligned to CCR Expectations K 1 N/A N/A CCR Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity (CCR Reading Standard 10)

24 Lexile to RIT Score If College-Career Readiness in Reading is represented in lexile at 1215 to Then, what RIT score aligns to this lexile reading level? 235 RIT

25 ACT Alignment In 2011, NWEA began a linking study with ACT Gathering data from schools across the country to align the scales Final report to be released in Dec This study in conjunction with the Common Core MAP Test will give schools key information about how students are progressing toward CCR

26 Goal Areas to CCR Clusters: Reading NWEA Goal Area CCR Clusters Literature Literature: Key Ideas and Details Literature: Craft and Structure Informational Text Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details Informational Text: Craft and Structure Foundational Skills, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Reading: Foundational Skills Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

27 Goal Areas to CCR Clusters: Language Usage NWEA Goal Area CCR Clusters Writing; Knowledge of Language: Plan, Develop, Edit Language: Grammar and Usage Writing: Text Types and Purposes Writing: Production and Distribution of Writing Writing: Research to Build and Present Knowledge Language: Conventions of Standard English Language: Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling Language: Conventions of Standard English

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