COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS TOOLKITS
Florida’s elementary school teachers have free resources available to support the state’s transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2013-14. Following the successful CCSS Summer Institutes for educators, the Department has released the CCSS Professional Development Toolkits for English Language Arts for grades K-5. The helpful toolkits are available online and may be used by teachers as they explore the new curriculum and create their English Language Arts lesson plans around the new standards.
The English Language Arts toolkits for grades K-5 include student activities, teaching strategies, formative assessment and lesson study materials. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide Florida’s educators with the focused resources they need to support the implementation of the new standards in instruction, development of formative assessments, and integration of these into the lesson study cycle.
During the next year, similar toolkit resources will be available to Florida’s K-8 teachers in the areas of Reading for Information, Reading Literary Text, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.
Common Core State Standard Resources
COMMON CORE STANDARDS SAMPLE TEST ITEMS AND TASK PROTOTYPES NOW AVAILABLE
On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers unveiled the first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The prototypes illustrate how the critical content and practices found in the Common Core State Standards may appear on the assessments that will be given for the first time in 2014-15. Florida, one of 45 states and three territories working to implement the Common Core Standards, is one of the partnership’s 18 governing states leading the assessment development effort and serves as the fiscal agent for the partnership.
The prototypes are intended to be early samples or models of the assessments currently under development and to give educators and the public a glimpse of what the new assessment technology will look like. In addition to the prototypes, every item and task will explain the standard being measured, on which assessment it may appear, and include a link to the Model Content Frameworks. Educators will also find an array of classroom resources to guide them as they transition to the new standards and assessments. Additional sets of prototypes and sample assessment items will be developed over the next two years.