What do we want students to learn?

Report
What Every Parent Needs to Know
Oldham County Schools
Fall 2011
Today…
• Why are things changing?
• What is changing?
• What are the school district and schools doing in response to
these changes?
• How will these changes impact my child?
Presenters:
Ms. Anita Davis, Asst. Supt.
Dr. Charleen McAuliffe, Deputy Supt.
Why are things changing?
If you were a KY legislator and saw the following, what might you
assume or conclude?
ACT data for KY students
 40% met college ready expectations for reading
 16% met college readiness for science
 Less than 21% met readiness for college-level algebra
The number of students needing non-credit remedial courses in
college has increased over the past decade. The number of students
who cannot use their KEES money in the second year of college has
been around 50% for a few years. They cannot use the KEES because
they cannot maintain the g.p.a. required.
Why are things changing?
Readiness is a major concern.
Not just for college…for career,
too.
What is changing?
Everything
• Academic standards for all subject areas
• Assessments used to gauge students’ levels
of skill and knowledge acquisition
• Accountability system- from district to school
level
• Teacher and administrator evaluation system
Address: www.education.ky.gov
Click on Unbridled Learning for
the latest on SB1 and changes in
KY education.
What is changing?
• Academic standards for all subject areas
• Assessments used to gauge students’ levels
of skill and knowledge acquisition
• Accountability system- from district to school
level
• Teacher and administrator evaluation system
What is changing?
Academic standards- grade level expectations of
what students need to learn in a subject area
Example: Kindergarten math standards handout
Revisions of Standards- Mandated by SB1
Mandated Criteria
• To meet the needs of 21st century learners in a global
society
• To prepare students for college and/or career
• Be fewer, clearer, higher
 Revisions of Standards
 KY utilized the work of the national Common Core
Standards project adopting the English Language
Arts/Literacy and Math standards in their entirety.
 Our new standards are referred to as Kentucky Core
Academic Standards (KCAS).
 Forty-four states have adopted these same standards.( KY
was the first state to adopt them.)
For more, visit
www.corestandards.org
 Revisions of Standards
 Implementation of the Math and English Language
Arts/Literacy standards begins this year. Our spring state
tests will be aligned to these new standards.
 New standards are coming for other subject areas over the
course of the next two years. KY will utilize the work of the
national organizations when developing new standards.
 Revisions of Standards
 Math
 Most would argue that standards are more rigorous
 Less spiral…emphasis on less but to depth
 Algebra I…names the same, but content changing
 Major shifts in what was traditionally taught when
 Revisions of Standards
 English/Language Arts
 Emphasis on informational reading and argumentative
writing (i.e., writing using evidence to support reasoning)
 Emphasis on increasing student proficiency with more
complex readings
 Language skills (mechanics, grammar) emphasized
 Shared responsibility for literacy by ELA and other
content teachers
Today…
• Why are things changing?
• What is changing?
• What are the school district and schools doing in response to
these changes?
• How will these changes impact my child?
What we are doing
 Training….addressing learning curve for staff
 Changing curriculum
 Changing course offerings
 Identifying and addressing gaps between old and
new standards
Today…
• Why are things changing?
• What is changing?
• What are the school district and schools doing in response to
these changes?
• How will these changes impact my child?
How will these changes impact my child?
 Better preparation for postsecondary/career
 More rigorous experience in mathematics K-12
 More application of math concepts as well as
emphasis on understanding (in addition to execution
of skill)
 Increase in informational reading and argumentative
writing (versus fictional writing)
 Emphasis on more complex readings
 New assessments both at local and state level
www.pta.org/common_core_state_standards.asp
Click here to find
parent grade level
guides.
Local Assessments…OCS Emphasis
 Using “transfer tasks” to assess whether
students can apply math in non-routine, real
world situations. Can they transfer what they
have learned to new situations and solve
problems on their own? Do they really
understand the math concepts?
Equipping each student with the understandings,
knowledge and skills to solve problems that we don’t
even know are problems yet using technologies that
haven’t been invented yet.
Terms
Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA)overhauled educational system in late 1980’s
and has guided all facets of teaching and
learning until recently
Senate Bill 1 (SB1)- revision of KERA recently
enacted by KY legislators impacting academic
standards, accountability, assessment, and other
areas of KY education
To learn more:
• Senate Bill 1 (SB1)- www.education.ky.gov
(Look for Unbridled Spirit logo on left-hand
column of Department of Ed page.)
• Common Core Standards-www.corestandards.org
Math and English Language Arts standards as well as
background information regarding the project
• National PTA-www.pta.org/common_core_state_standards.asp
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