Connecticut Core State Standards
Learn Zillion (a website of CT Core Standards lessons to reinforce skills and concepts)
(click above to see video clips of The Common Core)
Why does any of this matter?
73% of students entering CT Community Colleges require remediation
19% of students entering CT State Universities require remdiation
41% of Connecticut high school graduates complete any degree within six years at any college or university
67% of jobs in CT will require a career certificate or college degree by 2018
Wallingford supports the Common Core State Standards. Connecticut joined 46 other states in the country and adopted the National Core Standards.
There is a very informative website about the standards.
Here is a fact sheet for parents entitled: Smarter Balanced and Parents: Preparing Students for Success after High School
What can you expect to see in the classroom?
English Language Arts
First, students will read challenging text in every class. They will continue to read classis literature, stories and poems in English class, but they also will be challenged with studying and anlyzing non-fiction texts in all subject areas as well. As a result, students will be prepared to read, analyze and write about all types of texts at a higher level, whether they are fiction or nonfiction, when they gradudate from high school.
Second, your child will be asked to use evidence from the text when writing papers or making oral presentations. In all classes, the standards will require students to not only read the text but dig into it to support their arguments or research. As a result, students will be better prepared to support their argument and decisions with evidence, not just opinion, whether they are in college or the workforce.
Third, you will see an increased focus on vocabulary across all grade levels. As a result, students will continue to learn new vocabulary words as they progress through school as well as the correct context in which to use them. This is more important than ever in the 21st Century as students live and work in the digital age and encounter new words and terms constantly.
First, students will work more deeply in fewer topics. In each grade level, your child's teacher will cover fewer concepts than in the past but go into much more depth on each concept. This makes sure every student gains a full understanding before moving on to the next concept. As a result, your child will gain a full and foundational understanding of mathematics before moving on to the next grade level.
Second, your child will understand why math works and be asked to talk about and prove their understanding. Students will no longer just memorize formulas but will learn why a particular formula exists. As a result, students will learn critical foundational concepts and problem-solving skills in the early grades so they are prepared for higher levels of math, such as algebra, once they reach the middle grades.
Third, your child will be asked to use math in real-world situations. Students will not just memorize formulas or methods but will learn strategies for solving problems they could encounter in life. As a result, students will gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills while in school that they can apply in postsecondary education and the workforce.
Here's some vidoes to see math shifts in action
- The Mathematic Standards: Key Changes and their Evidence
- Persistence in Problem Solving
- Perservance in Problem Solving
- A Passion for Fractions
- Third Grade Math Routines
- Third Grade Mental Math
What is Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)?
Smarter Balanced Assessment isn't just an end-of-year accountability test. It is an assessment system that features flexible, non-secure interim assessments to be used throughout the year and a digital library of formative assessment tools practices and professional development resources to impove the quality of information collected through the daily classroom activities of assignments, quizzes, and observation of student work. The end-of-year tests will help schools evaluate how well students performed by comparing their data with other schools across the nation. The end-of-year assessments also will empower students and parents by providing a clear indicaiton of how well children are progressing toward mastering the academic knowledge and skills necessary for colleage and career readiness. Want to take a sample test?
Connecticut Curriculum Frameworks
The Science Kit Replenishment Center supports hands-on, minds-on Science
The Science Resource Center is one of the few district based science materials replenishment center in Connecticut. The Science Resource Center has been servicing the Elementary and Middle Schools of Wallingford since 1996. By providing teachers with the necessary science supplies and consumable materials they are better equipped to do "hands-on, minds-on science" with their students instead of just reading about science. Kit materials allow students to learn by "doing" instead of watching the teacher perform an experiment for the class to watch.
The Science Resource Center currently stores and replenishes approximately 550 kit bins for the district. These kit boxes provide the hands-on materials for 19 different elementary units. The Science Resource Center also provides kit refurbishment materials for middle school kits.
The kits are sent out to the schools on a set schedule. The teachers have a copy of the schedule and they must follow it in order to accomplish the unit in a timely manner. There are approximately 200 kit boxes that are sent out to the schools with each rotation. Each science kit requires a different amount of time to replenish; the average time to replenish a kit is 30 to 40 minutes.
Grades K, 2 and 3 have 3 kit rotations and have each kit in their classroom for approximately seven weeks. Grades 1, 4 and 5 have 4 kit rotations and have each kit in their classroom for approximately eleven weeks. Middle school kit materials and high school embedded task materials are delivered when requested by teachers.
Kits were introduced to Wallingford teachers in 1995. Bristol Myers generously supported the start up and growth of the Science Materials Center by purchasing kits and supplies with the agreement that the Wallingford Board of Education would replenish the kits and continue to support the program.
For More Information Contact:
Karen Janus – Science Materials Specialist Paraprofessional, Lyman Hall High School