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Now that most states have adopted the new Common Core State Standards, the next major challenge is to simplify and implement them by 2014. That is why it is important to begin this work now. Joe Crawford, Milken Award-winning educator and author of Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum, shares his proven process for building a viable local curriculum based on the CCSS. Readers will find: A system for creating local standards from the CCSS; Methods for connecting the common, formative assessments to quarterly instructional objectives; Ways to scaffold learning expectations; Examples taken from districts where CCSS is currently implemented

Included are helpful charts and graphs plus access to Internet-based software for mapping the CCSS to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Schools cannot continue to do what they have always done and expect a different result. This book explains how to facilitate learning for all students while taking advantage of the new culture, technology, and norms of today's learning environment.

The Development and Use of Local CCSS, Quarterly Instructional Objectives, and Common Formative Assessments

The development and use of local CCSS, quarterly instructional objectives, and common formative assessments

Chapter Expectations

This chapter outlines the specific steps in the process of building local (Power Standards), instructional objectives, and common formative assessments, all based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A critical issue in this process–carrying the naming conventions and resulting structure of the CCSS across all levels of this new curriculum, instruction, and assessment system–is also explained. This chapter also shares some sample custom bubble sheets and discusses the issues involved in the use of bubble sheets and local assessments in general.

Action Steps

Steps to consider and address in doing this phase of the work:

  • Build Local CCSS
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