Common Core & SBAC

The Share Folders - Explained

posted Jun 4, 2014, 10:51 AM by Maria Vlahiotis   [ updated Jun 4, 2014, 11:01 AM ]

Click on the link below to view a document clarifying where to find the share folders, how to use them, and what should go in them!  Click here.

If you have questions about how to convert Word documents into Google Docs, or how to place your document into a share folder (without making a copy), click here.  The latter technique is extremely helpful, as if you have the actual document in more than one place in the Google Drive, any change you make to it will automatically appear in other folders it is in as well, something that does not occur if you merely create a copy of the document.

The SBAC Rubrics...Simplified

posted May 2, 2014, 9:19 AM by Maria Vlahiotis

Inspired by feedback from the DHS Science Department, I have simplified the SBAC rubrics, including only the summary at the beginning of each SBAC rubric in the simplified versions.

Also, according to a conversation I had with the wonderful Suzanne Smith, literacy coach extraordinaire in Pleasanton, students are more successful when using checklists (as opposed to when they use rubrics).  To this end, I have created checklists that correspond with the simplified SBAC rubrics.  These checklists are in student-friendly language.

Click here to see the rubrics and checklists.

See the Actual Performance Task Activities You Will Be Administering

posted Mar 26, 2014, 9:05 AM by Maria Vlahiotis   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 9:17 AM ]

According to the last page of the Administration Guidelines, teachers are not to administer the performance task activity more than once.  Therefore, while it is advisable to look through your activity in advance, please do not share it with students until the day you are actually administering the performance task.

Fallon 6th Grade - Growth and Expansion of America (Literacy)
Fallon 7th Grade - Donuts (Math)
Fallon 8th Grade - South Pole (Math)

Dublin High 11th Grade - Zip Line (Math)

Valley High 11th Grade - A New Kind of News (Literacy)

Wells 6th Grade - Talent Show (Math)
Wells 7th Grade - Technology in the Classroom (Literacy)
Wells 8th Grade - Archaeological Discoveries (Literacy)

As per the table above, the classroom activity will take approximately thirty minutes to complete.  Then, the performance task will take either two hours (if one is administering the ELA/Literacy PT) or one hour (if one is administering the Math PT).

ELA/Literacy & Mathematics Practice Performance Tasks

posted Mar 24, 2014, 1:35 PM by Maria Vlahiotis   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 9:38 AM ]

Below, you will find the practice performance tasks from the SBAC website in Google Docs format.  These practice tasks can be used with your students in order to acquaint them with taking a performance task.

ELA/Literacy (all subjects)

***Scoring guides for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Practice Tests and Performance Tasks found here.

If you would like to see the Training Test questions in Google Docs format, please see the post ("SBAC Training Test Questions") under the Common Core & SBAC page.

Entry Points: Full Implementation of Common Core State Standards

posted Mar 10, 2014, 2:34 PM by Maria Vlahiotis   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 2:36 PM ]

When moving towards full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, there is no one right path to take.  Our school district has identified five entry points to full implementation of the CCSS, and we are providing our secondary teachers with opportunities (in the form of PD and resources) to align to the CCSS in various ways:

Course of Study Development: Backwards Mapping Units of Study
SBAC Claims
Assessments: Mirror SBAC and Measure Essential Standards
  • OARS training this summer
RTI: Built-in Responses and Support for All Students
  • RTI committees at each secondary school site
  • Differentiated Instruction training this summer
Improving Teaching Practices & Strategies
  • AVID Critical Reading (123) & Mathematical Strategies Workshops in the fall and spring
  • Doug Fisher's Read Like a Detective training
  • AVID Path Trainings (Critical Reading & Math)

SBAC Accommodations for Special Groups

posted Mar 5, 2014, 6:16 PM by Maria Vlahiotis

The following resources will help those teachers who teach English Language Development or Special Education classes:
***Where to begin, when there are so many resources?  We suggest perusing the first resource ("Guidelines") for answers to common questions before diving into the second resource (the learning module) for an engaging look at all of the accommodations.  See the third resource for additional details about each accommodation (if the first two resources didn't cover them), and especially focus on the visual seen above; finally, click on the fourth resource if you are still interested in learning more information.

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