California Educator

April 2013

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Timeline Item Writing and Review Activities Completed (Summative and Interim) Pilot Testing of Summative and Interim Assessments Conducted 2012���13 School Year conclude by writing an essay arguing for a conclusion they have derived from studying those sources. Transitions can be troublesome Although the shift to Smart Balanced has the potential to greatly improve assessment, the move does raise concerns about the availability of required technology and the ability of students to adapt to a testing model that is far more comprehensive than anything they���ve seen before. To that end, Smarter Balanced developed a Technology Readiness Tool and several other online resources to help districts prepare. This spring 1,400 California schools and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are participating in a scienti���c sample selected by SBAC and the California Department of Education (CDE) to pilot assessment questions. Over 1,700 other sites are also participating as volunteers. Teachers Association of Long Beach member Cliff Kusaba and Vallejo Education Association member Daly Jordan-Koch serve on a national group of educators receiving regular updates from SBAC. Major changes to both curriculum and student assessment are not going to come without glitches. While supportive of the Common Core, CTA is urging the CDE to move the state sensibly and at a realistic pace, and to make sure districts have the resources needed to adapt to the new system. Field Testing of Summative Assessment Administered Preliminary Achievement Standards (Summative) Proposed and Other Policy De���nitions Adopted 2013���14 School Year Operational Summative Assessment Administered Final Achievement Standards (Summative) Veri���ed and Adopted 2014���15 School Year COMMON CORE? Come with questions, leave with answers! No matter the grade con���guration of your school or role, this CTA training gives you up-to-date information and skill-building for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments. This year���s Summer Institute will provide learning experiences for classroom teachers and school site administrators to examine and gain in-depth knowledge of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the accompanying assessments. District administrators, curriculum coordinators and other educators are invited to attend. Local teams are encouraged. The program is part of the Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Strand. Take a deeper dive into the CCSS and the new state assessments. In this training, you will: ��� Learn about ELD and CCSS. ��� Discover implementation strategies from colleagues throughout the state. ��� Examine instruction and assessment practices for student learning. ��� Find out about numerous resources and curriculum units aligned to the CCSS. ��� Expand your Personal Learning Network. ��� Address the association���s role in implementing curriculum and standards-driven instruction. CTA���s Summer Institute, Aug. 4-8 at UCLA, covers professional development, negotiations, member bene���ts, communications, political and legal issues. Register and get details at April 2013 31

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