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    v yAssistant Superintendent

    May 18, 2011

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    Medford s Curriculum

    Since the mid 1990s the state of Massachusetts hashad curriculum frameworks. These frameworks formthe basis of the district curricula and determine what

    Medfords curriculum has been revised to keep pacewith any framework revisions which occur every 5years

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    The Challenge of Curriculum 2011

    New curriculum frameworks for mathematics andEnglish- adopted by BOE December 2010

    Based on the Common Core

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    What is the Common Core ?

    Standards that have been adopted by 44 states andDistrict of Columbia

    Emphasis on College and Career Ready skills

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    How College and Career Ready AreStudents?

    Spring 2010- 256,765 grade 11 students took the ACT(college admissions test)

    Results:

    on y 31 stu ents un erstan comp ex text only 35% performed at college and career ready levels of

    use of language

    only 34% met math standards

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    SUMMARY

    ONLY 1/3 OF ALL GRADE 11 STUDENTS REACHING ACOLLEGE AND CAREER READY LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT

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    The Challenge of the NewCurriculum Frameworks

    These new frameworks must become the basis forMedfords curriculum by School Year 2012-2013

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    Differences

    English Greater emphasis on

    reading informational

    Mathematics More rigorous math

    content in all grade

    Literary standards for allcontent areas

    Writing for differentpurposes

    All students at end ofgrade 7 ready to takealgebra

    Algebra courses at thehigh school level preparefor college math

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    The Curriculum Challenges

    Curriculum work to revise current district curriculum Funding to purchase new materials to support the new

    curriculum

    ro ess ona eve opment cost n o ars an t me orteachers to learn to effectively teach new curriculum

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    The Challenge of Assessment

    Good News oodbye MCAS

    Bad News

    hello PARCC

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    What is PARCC ?

    Partnership for Readiness for College and CareersAn alliance of 25 states working together to develop a

    common set of K-12 assessments in English and

    This new test will be common for the 31 millionstudents (63% of all U.S. students)

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    PARCC vs. MCAS

    MCAS A once a year test

    Pencil/paper based

    PARCC A through course

    assessment- 3 to 4 times

    Based on mastery ofskills by the end of theschool year.

    Computer based testingfor at least a portion ofthe testing

    Based on benchmarksthroughout the schoolyear

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    The Challenge of the NewAssessment

    On a fast track- will replace MCAS by School year2014- 2015

    Will be computer based- need for technology so

    Will require that teachers keep students on pace withcurriculum throughout the school year

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    Our Steps Towards Meeting theChallenges

    Curriculum Curriculum Committees

    representing grades K-12 are

    Assessment Administrators attending all

    meetings related to test-

    this spring and throughoutnext year to make neededchanges

    Funded through RTTT funds

    input to test developers. Central administration

    supports technology planneeded for the testing system

    Informing all constituentsabout the upcoming changes

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    Additional References

    Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworkswww.doe.mass.edu

    Common Core Standards

    www.corestandards.org PARCC

    www.achieve.org/PARCC

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    Q & A