Wednesday, August 8, 2012

PARCC / SBAC, Common Core and Legislators

Nice, albeit early, meeting at NSCL on Common Core State Standards. Here are my somewhat disjointed notes. Like the piece about the differences between PARCC and SBAC (Smarter Balance) assessments. Note that Utah just backed out of SBAC and is now going it alone.

NCSL on Common Core for Legislators 
  • 36 states passed 43 bills that focus on implementing Common Core - mainly further implementing the new assessments, developing curriculum, higher education alignment of admissions to student achievement to CCSS in 2017, setting up task forces to look at cost and focus on oversight of implementation
  • Legislators worried about 3 big things: how much will it cost, will teachers be prepared to implement the standards and the new assessments
  • Putting a price tag on the common core - from Fordham- is it way too costly or can it be covered with existing funding 
    • Main cost drivers - instructional materials, professional development and assessments - there are ways to be cost effective in implementation
    • CCSS presents an opportunity to rethink the way you do everything reducing overall costs
    • New economies of scale and - vendors not limited to state/district boundaries 
    • Thinking differently about implementation
      • Cross state platforms
      • Open source textbooks
      • Targeted PD and support
      • Teacher driven/authored PD
      • Open lessons
  • NCEO - presentation
    • PARCC 25M students, SBAC 22M students
    • Differences in PARCC and SBAC
      • PARCC - fixed test forms for each student
        • Including K-2 tasks, college readiness tools for grade 12
      • SBAC - adaptive testing technology
        • retake option for summative assessment, customizable interim assessment system, exemplar instructional modules
    • Things that are the same for PARCC / SBAC
      • Summative
      • Final weeks of school year
      • online delivery
      • mix of item types
      • some items graded by teacher
      • results expected in 2 weeks
      • $20 per students
      • prof dev modules and tools online
      • support for tech infrastructure planning