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Shifts in English language arts and math standards

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require six shifts if we are to be truly aligned with the CCSS in terms of curricular materials and classroom instruction.

English language arts (ELA) and literacy shifts

  1. Balance K-5 informational and literary texts.
  2. Increase 6-12 focus on comprehension and students are expected to learn from what they read.
  3. Build upon a staircase of complexity of concepts and information.
  4. Increase rich and rigorous conversation dependent on the reading of common text.
  5. Emphasize writing that responds to the ideas, events, facts etc. presented in text they read.
  6. Increase emphasis on academic vocabulary.

ELA shifts (207k This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download.) from the Oregon Department of Education - A one-page summary of the six ELA shifts necessary to align the CCSS with classroom instruction.

Math shifts

  1. Strong foundational knowledge and deep, conceptional understanding.
  2. Each standard is not a new event but an extension of previous learning connecting learning within and across grades.
  3. Knowledge and skills to succeed in entry level, credit-bearing academic college courses and workforce training programs.
  4. Focus on processes and proficiencies - not just “how to get the answer”.
  5. Links classroom mathematics and statistics to everyday life, work and decision making.
  6. Practicing and understanding mathematics through authentic practice and extended application.

Math shifts (151k This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download.) from the Oregon Department of Education - A one-page summary of the six math shifts necessary to align the CCSS with classroom instruction.

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For more information contact Peggy Holstedt at 800-578-6722 or via e-mail at pholstedt@osba.org.

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