19 April 2013
This session gives educators insight into assessments that support the goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Speakers include leaders in the development of the CCSS and related assessments, researchers of assessment practices and issues, and leaders in state agencies and teacher education who are working on implementation of the CCSS. Articles and presentations of presenters and opportunities to ask questions of presenters will be available prior to the institute to support shared background for dialogue and presentations. Participants will also be able to ask questions of speakers digitally during the institute which will be addressed in summary sessions.
TextProject is inviting you to attend a virtual institute on Assessments for the Common Core State Standards. The institute focuses on the new assessments that will be administered in grades 3 to 12 in the majority of American states, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Presentations at an institute on this topic at the International Reading Association (2013) were videotaped with generous funding from the National Center for Literacy Education/National Council of Teachers of English. The presenters included the primary architect of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (David Coleman), leaders in national assessment and reform efforts (P. David Pearson, Peter Afflerbach, & Karen Wixson), and leaders in national projects on the assessment and instruction of English Learners (David Francis & Kenji Hakuta).
TextProject’s Virtual Institute on CCSS Assessments ensures that educators have these presentations available to use in professional development. Beginning in the first week of July of 2013, we will be releasing videotaped presentations from the Institute on the TextProject YouTube channel. By the end of the summer of 2013, all six of the presentations will be available. PowerPoints of presentations (if part of a presentation) are already available. A Frankly Freddy column, in which Freddy Hiebert summarizes her interpretations of a presentation’s primary themes, will accompany the release of each video.
Download a collection of Freddy's responses to the presentations recorded at Institute 19 at the 2013 International Reading Association annual conference.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean that the assessments of many states will be replaced by those developed by two state-led consortia—PARCC and Smarter Balanced. The CCSS include some departures from previous state standards, such as an increased emphasis on evidence-based comprehension, addition of a standard devoted to students’ capacity with complex text, and a balance of narrative and informational texts. As well as new directions in content, the new assessments may represent a shift in the tasks from many previous state assessments. PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments are modeled after those of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The passages of the NAEP are more extended than texts of many state assessments. Further, the NAEP includes open-ended response questions, not simply multiple-choice questions.
Many educators have questions and apprehensions about the new assessments. In this Virtual Institute on Assessments and the Common Core, educators get to view the presentations of national experts who were involved in the design of the CCSS and others who have been involved in the design of assessments, including PARCC and Smarter Balanced.
These presentations were originally given as part of an institute at the International Reading Association in May, 2013. The National Council of Teachers of English generously paid for the presentations to be videotaped. I facilitated the Institute presentations and also have written summaries of the presentations to serve as overviews for viewing.
In viewing the presentations, participants are encouraged to follow the sequence of the Institute. Frequently, a speaker refers to comments made by previous speakers. Opportunities to interact with colleagues about ideas in the Virtual Institute presentations are strongly encouraged (breakout discussions were a feature of the original Institute).
These presentations are intended to support implementation of the CCSS in educational units and to prepare students for the new assessments. As these presentations indicate (as well as other resources on assessment at TextProject.org), educators don’t have to wait for the assessment results in 2016 to understand the content and tasks of the new assessments.
Click here for more information about Institute 19: Assessments in the Era of the Common Core State Standards.
20 April 2013
The Common Core State Standards identified a three-part model for establishing the complexity of texts. This presentation will examine existing scholarship for each source-quantitative, qualitative, and reader-task-with the goal of identifying support for educators in selecting and teaching texts in ways that increase students' capacity with complex text (Standard 10). Ways in which practitioners and researchers can work together to bolster text assessment systems will be identified in the final section of the presentation.
Freddy's presentation slides for IRA 2013-Research into Practice: The Common Core's Three Sources for Text Complexity.
Revised on April 23, 2013.
20 April 2013
As part of the IRA Common Core Standards Committee, Freddy and colleagues present the Literacy Implementation Guidance.
22 April 2013
Presentation slides from Freddy's IRA 2013 session.
21 April 2013
Freddy teams up with Reading Plus to discuss text complexity and the Common Core State Standards.
Presentation slides for Freddy's IRA 2013: Reading Plus session.
22 April 2013
Freddy teams up with Pearson to discuss text complexity, assessment, and the Common Core State Standards.
Presentation slides from Freddy's IRA 2013: QuickReads booth.
Presentation slides for Freddy's presentation at IRA 2013: Pearson booth.