Common Core and ACT Update - Changes Worth Noting
If you were unable to attend the MASSP High School and CTE Mid-Winter Summit, you missed an opportunity to learn some key information. We were fortunate to have Mel Riddile provide a keynote session on the changes we can expect as we transition to the Common Core Standards. John Carroll from ACT also shared a number of important updates.
Highlights on Common Core:
- Mel explained that the transition to the Common Core is a 2nd order change.
- Employment and college readiness statistics support the need to increase rigor in our curriculum. Rigor = Content + Higher Order Thinking Skills + Application.
- The common core is internally benchmarked for success in a global economy and it is research and evidence based.
- For every 10 students who enter college - fewer than 2 will graduate with a 2 or a 4 year degree.
- Common Core assessments will be implemented in 2015. These assessments are supposed to be online and they create significant logistical challenges.
Highlights from ACT:
- MDE has bid a college readiness assessment for implementation at the 8th and 10th grade levels. This is likely to result in a voluntary pilot to provide an EXPLORE and PLAN test for all schools in the near future.
- Those who take part in the pilot will get free online ACT test prep services.
- ACT has a new product called Engage, which measures a student’s motivation, social-engagement and self-regulation.
- ACT will be launching a new online reporting system that will allow schools to have all of their EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT test results in a user-friendly online dashboard.
- ACT will be supporting an online test pilot with EXPLORE testing in a clicker format in Kent, Macomb and Oakland counties.
For the full PowerPoint presentations of these topics and many others click on this link: http://mymassp.com/hsctemidwinter/handouts