CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 19, July 23, 2013The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.
Opportunity to Participate
Public Review and Comment for 2014 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption
The submitted instructional materials programs for the 2014 Mathematics Adoption are available for public review and comment. Display copies are available at many of the Learning Resources Display Centers across the state. Links to the student materials for each program are posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) Mathematics Instructional Materials Web page. Public comments are welcome on all submitted programs. Please note that per regulations all public comments received by August 27 will go directly to the review panels evaluating the materials. A public comment template is available. Comments received after that date will be forwarded to the Instructional Quality Commission and the State Board of Education.
Scoring Guides for Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Now Available
Scoring guides are now available for the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests in grades three through eight and grade eleven for English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. In addition, a scoring guide is now available for each of the Braille Practice Tests, which include grades four, seven, and eleven for ELA and grades three, seven, and eleven for mathematics.
The scoring guides are available on the Smarter Balanced Web page . The scoring guides provide answer keys to multiple-choice and short-answer questions in addition to scoring rubrics for constructed-response items. For selected-response items, the scoring guides describe the rationale for correct and incorrect answers. For constructed-response items, the scoring guides explain the criteria that must be met for each possible score point. Scoring guides for the Practice Test performance tasks are expected to be available in August.
Practice Test Notification Letter Template Now Available
The CDE has developed a letter template for local educational agencies to assist them in notifying parents and guardians of the availability of the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests. The notification template can be customized and printed on school or district letterhead. The template is available in English, Spanish, and 17 other languages on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page.
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