State Board Hears Findings on State Assessment Study

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News Release
State board hears initial assessment study findings

Direction 38! has attached a highlight of the study findings and provided a link to take you to the full CDE release.

We have also posted the following questions about the CDE Study.

  •  Did your local school board participate in this study to examine the issues and concerns with the new state assessment system?
  •  Were parents asked their opinions?
  •  Were teachers asked their opinions?

Here is the CDE News Release:

Colorado Department of Education201 E. Colfax Ave.Denver, CO 80203Phone: 303-866-4247
May 16, 2014 For more information, contact:  CDE Communications Division, 303-866-4247

News Release

State board hears initial assessment study findings  
The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting on May 14 & 15. Highlights from the meeting include:The board heard findings from the first phase of a study commissioned to examine issues and concerns associated with implementation of the new state assessment system.  CDE turned to its Regional Comprehensive Center, WestEd, a non-profit education research agency, to research the state’s assessment requirements, gather data from districts, parents, teachers and charter schools, synthesize the findings and present a range of options to address those findings. The study was performed at no cost to CDE or the state. 

Researchers from WestEd will be in Denver to share the presentation that was provided to the board onWednesday, May 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. at CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., State Board Room, in Denver. Following the presentation, the researchers and CDE staff will be available to the media to answer questions.

 

State Assessment Update

Staff provided an update on the first online state assessment administration which took place April 14-May 2 in social studies and science.  Staff shared information from the field tests of the English language arts and math assessments and discussed next steps in preparing for 2014-15 administration. To view the presentation, clickhere.

To Read More: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/2014-05-16sbehighlights Read more…

COMMON CORE QUESTIONS PART 2

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QUESTION #2: What are the Common Core test requirements for home schooled children?

 

ANSWER #2: REFERENCE: COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (CDE) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOME SCHOOLING

Home schooled students are required to take a nationally standardized test. However, if a parent or legal guardian requests it, a district shall permit a home schooled student to take the state assessment and provide the results of the assessment to the parent or legal guardian. The test is given only to home schooled students whose parents request that the child participate in the testing. (22-7-409 (III)(1.3)(b), C.R.S.)

– See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/choice/homeschool_faq#sthash.MDdfN0MQ.dpuf
NOTE: Accuracy reviewed & verified by Joyce Zurkowski/Assessment Unit Supervisor/Colorado Department of Education

 

 

QUESTION #3: How do Common Core tests accommodate special needs students?

 

ANSWER #3: REFERENCE: CDE FACT SHEET – Assessment

State and federal law require all students to be held to the same standards and participate in the state assessment program.

There are three ways that students with disabilities can participate in the state assessments:

1) take the general assessment without accommodations;

2) take the general assessment with accommodations; and

3) take the alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

What are accommodations and what are some examples?

Accommodations are changes in how the test is given without changing what is being assessed.Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 plan or English Learn (EL) plan, can use specific accommodations allowing the student better access to the test as long as there’s alignment between the accommodation and the student’s educational plan. That plan may also indicate the student is eligible to participate in Colorado’s alternative tests in science and social studies. Accommodations can be divided into four categories:

1. Presentation accommodations – changes in the way test items are presented to a student (i.e., large print, braille, oral presentation, translated oral presentation, etc.);
2. Response accommodations – changes in the way a student responds to test items (i.e., uses scribe, responds in Spanish, uses assistive technology device, etc.);
3. Setting accommodations – changes in the test environment’s setting (i.e., small group or individual administration); and/or
4. Timing accommodations – changes in the scheduling of the assessment (i.e., allowing multiple breaks, providing extra time, testing at specific times of the day, etc.).

The CMAS: Science and Social Studies assessment administration time includes an extended time allotment of time-and-a-half for all students. Students who have an extended time need beyond time-and-a-half documented in an approved IEP, 504, or EL plan my be provided with additional time..

What is the CoAlt?
A small number of students, approximately one percent of the student population, take the Colorado Alternate (CoAlt) assessment. These are students who have significant cognitive disabilities. Special accommodations are built into the CoAlt specifically for these students.

NOTE: Accuracy reviewed & verified by Joyce Zurkowski/Assessment Unit Supervisor/Colorado Department of Education

COMMON CORE FORUM QUESTIONS

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MAY 5, 2014 COMMON CORE FORUM QUESTIONS

 

 

 

Fifty parents, grandparents, public school employees, public servants, and others attended the May 5 Common Core Forum.  Many asked challenging questions.  We don’t have answers to all their questions.  We’ll research and get back with you.  Please stay tuned.  The answers will appear as a post on our Blog.

 

QUESTION 1:  Why do parents “fear” Common Core?

ANSWER 1:  Many reasons were raised:

  •      Federalization of education for a “one size fits all”

  •      Expensive unfunded mandate

  •      Fast pace of implementation

  •      Collection of intrusive data on students & families

  •      Math content delays

  •      Who’s “behind” Common Core funding?

  •      Curriculum changes to incorporate “progressive” agenda

  •      Lack of parental input

  •      Too many UNKNOWNS

COMMON CORE FORUM HANDOUTS

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Quick Reference List to Common Core Links

MAY 5, 2014 COMMON CORE – QUICK REFERENCE LIST

CDE Academic Standards, History and Development

2014 COMMON CORE FORUM – HANDOUT – CDE COLORADO ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Letter from Paul Lundeen, dated March 11, 2014, addressed to his colleagues on the Colorado State Board of Education

2014 COMMON CORE FORUM – PAUL LUNDEEN LETTER TO COLLEAGUES

COMMON CORE FORUM POSTSCRIPT

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THANKS TO ALL for a successful FORUM!!!

The conversation on COMMON CORE HAS BEGUN.

 It will continue in grocery aisles & water coolers across our Community.

 

SPECIAL THANKS to:

 

  • Paul Lundeen & Mark Hyatt for leading the discussion

  • Traci Burnett & Mary Senour for the parents’ perspective

  • Tena Logan & Wes Jolly for the educators’ perspective

  • 50 attendees for your hard-hitting questions

  • Nancy Pinchock & Caleb for Antelope Trails Elementary School

  • Jeff Crank & Ashlee Springer for KVOR radio spot

  • DIRECTION 38! and its volunteers for making the FORUM possible

 

We will continue to bring information on COMMON CORE to this web site. If you see something you would like to bring to our attention, send an email to lpd38edit1@gmail.com

 

 

Direction 38! Common Core Forum Panelist Bios

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The Common Core Forum is scheduled at Antelope Trails Elementary School Cafeteria for Monday 5 May, 2014 from 6:00  P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Panelists will discuss Common Core implementation in Colorado’s local school districts.

 

 

For your convenience we have posted short bios of each of our panelists.

 

Panelist Biographies.

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COMMON CORE: A Community Roundtable Discussion

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A Community Roundtable Discussion

COMMON CORE

“THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UNKNOWN”

 

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Monday, 5 May, 2014: 6-8 P.M.

Antelope Trails Elementary School Cafeteria, 15280 Jessie Dr, Colorado Springs 80921.

All are welcome! Please join us for this important community discussion!

Discussion will be led by Mark Hyatt, Former Director, Charter School Institute.

See the attached flyer for more information.

 

2014 COMMON CORE FORUM – EMAIL FLYER