2013 - 2014 Math Transition FAQs
How will instruction and assessment change this year?
What is assessed in the 2013-14 benchmarks?
Benchmarks are used as a professional development tool in 2013 - 2014.
- Benchmarks in quarter 2 - 4 will assess Common Core standards that aligned to the previous power standards only. Teachers will not implement the full set of Common Core standards for their grade/course until 2014-15.
- Deadlines for scoring are listed on each grade/course's Assessment Guide (see your your grade level page).
What will the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortia (SBAC) end of year tests look like?
The Smarter Balanced Practice Test is available to schools and districts for practice and training purposes. A practice test is available for grades 2-8 and 11. Take the practice test
What do I teach for the remainder of 2013 - 2014?
Use the Assessment Guide and Transitional Instructional Guide to plan the remainder of the year. Both are found in the grade level links on the District Resources page.
How do I begin planning for next year?
Draft versions of a Scope and Sequence based on Units of Instruction are available - Click Here to view.
Instructional resources (units, lessons, and activities) aligned to CCSS are posted on PVUSD's Brokers of Expertise group page.
How do I transform my classroom to a Common Core classroom?
The greatest changes associated with the new Common Core standards are in classroom instruction and assessment. Weave new methods and materials slowly into your existing curriculum this year, giving yourself time to master a strategy or facilitate a project before trying the next new thing. Use your professional judgement to determine where to focus and where to let go, seeking guidance from your administrator and department chairs when necessary. Denise Henry, PVUSD Math Coordinator is available at your convenience to provide assistance as well.
- Instructional resources and practices that align with Common Core include:
- Number talks - Cognitively Guided Instruction that develops students' mental strategy toolbox and supports computational fluency
- Project/Problem Based Learning
- Instructional resources (units, lessons, and activities) aligned to CCSS are posted on PVUSD's Brokers of Expertise group page.
- MARS tasks* - Performance tasks used to identify and address student misconceptions
How do I learn the standards for the grade/course I teach?
Review the Standards Crosswalk correlates CCSS to CA 1997 standards and will help you see what's moved in and out.
- Read the CA Common Core standards for your grade or course.
- Download the Deconstructed Standards for Classroom Use. Submit a Security Agreement to receive the password to open the Deconstructed Standards.
- Download the Standards Flip Book for your grade level. It lists the math practice standards with grade-level indicators, provides brief instructional strategies for each standard, and identified common misconceptions associated with each standard.
- Read the narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, co-authored by the writers of the common core standards for mathematics.
I heard that there are a common set of standards for Kinder through high school, the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). How do I learn what they are and incorporate them in my class everyday?
Standard for Mathematical Practices - Complete Descriptions
Classroom videos of SMPs in action
- Classroom posters with kid-friendly examples of each SMP
What are the Content Fluency Standards for grades K-8? What does it mean to be mathematically fluent? How often do kids practice fluency standards?
Fluency Standard in grades K - 8 with Common Core fluency descriptors.
Provide varied and regular practice with current and previous grades' fluencies so that:
- All students master the current grade level's fluency standard(s).
- All students maintain fluencies identified in previous grade levels.
Where can I find out about Professional Development opportunities?
The PVUSD Math Professional Development page lists PD for our region.