Analysis — Exploring Standards

In the current era of school reform, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), what makes a school high performing? For a school to move forward, according to Dr. Richard DuFour, every professional in the building must engage with colleagues in the ongoing exploration of three crucial questions:

·         What do you want your students to learn?

·         How will you know when each student has learned it?

·         How will you respond when students experience difficulty in learning?

In this analysis assignment, you will explore the first question: What do you want your students to learn? The answer comes from your State Board of Education and the standards your state has adopted. Many states are implementing the national Common Core State Standards, while others continue to use their own state standards. Some states integrate the national and state standards and use both. It is important that teachers are familiar with these standards, which measure what students should know and be able to do.

Directions:

1.      Create a 5- to 7-page Word or text document (not including title and references pages) for your response. Use APA format.

2.      Create a title page and references page in APA format.

3.      Complete the assignment by following the steps.

4.      Follow the directions to submit your final Word or text document.

Step 1: Write an introductory paragraph. Include a brief description of your teaching situation or the one you will use for this assignment.

Step 2: Locate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and/or your state or district learning standards online.

Step 3: Use student achievement data from your School Improvement Plan, School Report Card, or other data sources to select a standard for your grade level and content area that reflects your students’ strengths. Use data to support your selection.

Step 4: Use student achievement data from your School Improvement Plan, School Report Card, or other data sources to select a standard for your grade level and content area that reflects an area in which your students need to improve. Use data to support your selection.

·         Record the standard that reflects your students’ strengths. (Include the standard number.) What data evidence supports your selection? Include a chart, table, or graph illustrating your data evidence. Write one or two well-developed paragraphs.

·         Describe how you feel your teaching has led students to successful mastery of this standard. What strategies do you use in teaching these topics or skills? Are the strategies research-based? How do you know that your students have achieved mastery? Write one or two well-developed paragraphs.

·         Record the standard that reflects an opportunity for your students’ improvement. (Include the standard number.) What data evidence supports your selection? Include a chart, table, or graph illustrating your data evidence. Write one or two well-developed paragraphs.

·         Describe the reasons you feel your students have not achieved mastery of this standard. Write one or two well-developed paragraphs.

·          Write a concluding paragraph to sum up the key ideas of your paper.

 

-See below for additional information-

·         Step 1: Teaching situation which will use for the assignment: 9th grade Language Arts

 

·         Step 2: See attached file (Language Arts Florida Standards)

 

 

·         Step 3: Use student achievement data from your School Improvement Plan, School Report Card, or other data sources to select a standard for your grade level and content area that reflects your students’ strengths. Use data to support your selection.

 

See pg. 64-Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text

 

·         Step 4: Use student achievement data from your School Improvement Plan, School Report Card, or other data sources to select a standard for your grade level and content area that reflects an area in which your students need to improve. Use data to support your selection.

                        See pgs. 64-65 Strand: Writing Standards

Access to school’s report card:

https://edudata.fldoe.org/ReportCards/Schools.html

Reminder that the situation being used is a high school classroom. Specifically, a 9th grade Language Arts classroom.