Common Core Standards and PARCC Assessment
In 2015, we had approximately 200 families attend a forum focused on essential information regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and an overview of PARCC, the Illinois state-mandated CCSS assessment. District 105 teachers also led breakout sessions allowing parents to experience the Common Core Standards "in action." Below, you will find links to these grade level sessions.
Opening Presentation video
K-2 ELA video
3-6 ELA video
7-8 ELA video
K-2 Math video
3-6 Math video
7-8 Math video
District 105 PARCC testing will begin the week of April 4th through April 27th. This year, all 3rd-8th grade students will participate in the online PARCC assessment. Both math and English-language arts assessments will be completed during the month of April. Though the PARCC assessment window will continue through April 27th, it is important to point out that our 3rd-8th grade students will not be testing that entire time. Our principals have created detailed schedules to stagger testing and maximize instructional blocks with students. Principals and teachers will share testing schedule information for your child and school prior to the start of testing on April 4th. For more information on PARCC, please click HERE.
The CCSS and District 105
The Common Core State Standards is a set of “national” standards adopted to replace our existing state standards. In the spring of 2015, a new Common Core assessment was given to our students based on these challenging and robust set of standards that better prepare our students to be college and career ready. At the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the need to better prepare of students to be successful in college and the work place. Currently, research shows that United States students are significantly behind the College and Career Readiness benchmark standards.
Implementation of these standards in the classroom will ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. Common standards will ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state. Common standards will provide a greater opportunity to share experiences and best practices within and across states that will improve our ability to best serve the needs of our students.
These standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have so that teachers can build the best lessons and environments for their classrooms. Standards also help students and parents by setting clear and realistic goals for success. Standards are a first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and work. Consult Common Core Standards links below to learn more about these standards and the assessment that will measure student mastery.
District 105 and the Common Core State Standards
Similar to districts around the state and country, District 105 is in the fourth year of CCSS implementation into the classroom. The CCSS is not simply a set of standards that teachers will teach, but a set of standards that will change how we deliver content and how children express what they know. These standards will increase the level of engagement through higher levels of cognitive demand (more than just “knowing” the information but also demonstrating understanding and synthesizing information to solve problems and reason). To support this dramatic shift, District 105 has teamed up with SMART Learning Systems and the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). Together, SMART Learning Systems, CEC, and District 105 have created a detailed, ongoing plan to support CCSS implementation.
Focus for Ongoing Common Core Implementation
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