Common Core State Standards Implementation
What are Common Core State Standards?
Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum. The standards are benchmarks that describe what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level in order to be prepared for success in college and career after graduating from high school.
Common Core State Standards were adopted by Wisconsin in 2010 for Mathematics and English Language Arts. After three years of studying the standards, reviewing and revising curricula, and learning new instructional approaches to help students meet the learning targets outlined in Common Core, all Wisconsin school districts are fully implementing the standards this school year.
What does implementing Common Core mean for Monona Grove?
First, and most importantly, Monona Grove maintains local control over curriculum decisions. We decide how to design units and lessons, and what materials we use with students in the classroom. Since 2010 our district has updated our Reading, English, and Math curricula as part of our normal curriculum review process. During these reviews, our teachers and administrators ensured that the materials we selected addressed Common Core standards while at the same time meets our students’ individual needs.
State Testing and Common Core
This spring all students in Wisconsin will take a new statewide assessment in reading and math called Smarter Balanced. Unlike the WKCE, our previous state test for reading and math, students take the Smarter Balanced on computers – just as they do with the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The items on the Smarter Balanced exam are aligned with Common Core benchmarks, and our School and District accountability report cards will now be based on the results of the test.
Educator Effectiveness implementation
2014-15 marks the first year for statewide implementation of the Educator Effectiveness evaluation system for teachers and principals. Monona Grove is well positioned to implement the system successfully, having participated in two years of pilot work with the Department of Public Instruction.
In the Educator Effectiveness system, teachers’ and principals’ evaluations are based on two equally weighted categories of information: 50% on evidence of educators’ professional practice in the classroom, and 50% on evidence of student learning. Professional practice for teachers is assessed through classroom observation using the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching; the same observation framework that Monona Grove has used since 2002. Principals’ professional practice is assessed through observation based on the Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership.
For both teachers and principals, evidence of student learning is based on a combination of state test data, school-wide reading performance, graduation rate, and Student Learning Objectives (SLO’s). Student Learning Objectives are annual student growth goals that are set by teachers for a classroom or grade-level, and by principals for an entire school. Monona Grove strongly encourages teachers to develop SLO’s collaboratively with colleagues. We also provide coaching and support for both teachers and principals to implement the Educator Effectiveness system across the district. For more information about Educator Effectiveness, please visit http://ee.dpi.wi.gov.