Opportunities to Participate
Last Chance to Comment on Draft Mathematics Framework
It’s not too late to comment on the draft Mathematics Framework. Your comments will be presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) for consideration at the November 6–7, 2013, SBE meeting. At that meeting, the SBE will take action to adopt the draft Mathematics Framework. The draft Mathematics Framework can be downloaded from the California Department of Education (CDE) Mathematics Curriculum Framework Public Review and Comment Web page. The public review and comment period ends on October 30, 2013.
Recruitment of Focus Group Members for Updating the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve
The CDE is pleased to announce that it is recruiting members for five focus groups to provide input on the upcoming Science Framework. The Science Framework will incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California, which were adopted by the SBE in September 2013, to reflect current research in science instruction. Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom. Completed applications are due no later than 3 p.m. on December 2, 2013. Application forms are available on the CDE Science Curriculum Framework Web page.
Archived Webinar Featuring Overview of Smarter Balanced Assessments
On October 10, 2013, Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of the CDE District, School, and Innovation Branch, presented a Webinar titled “What Is Smarter Balanced? What Will Assessment Look Like?” as part of the Secondary Literacy Partnership’s series "Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: Spotlight on Instruction, Assessment, and Equity." The presentation reviewed California’s vision and the foundation that was built to create a new statewide assessment system; provided an overview of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments; and, in a “fact vs. fiction” section, addressed misinformation that has been associated with the Smarter Balanced assessments. The Webinar also presented a variety of Smarter Balanced resources, such as sample test items and the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines. This Webinar is archived online at on the WestEd Schools Moving Up Webinar Web page .
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