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Common Core & Shorewood's Math Curriculum

What is Common Core?: The Wisconsin Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics were adopted in 2010. According to the state’s Department of Public Instruction (or DPI) website, the vision is “to provide the foundation for rigorous education designed to prepare all students for success in the global economy.” The standards adopted also provide the framework for the new assessment tools, including Smarter Balanced, which will replace the WKCE standardized tests in Shorewood, and across the entire state, next year. 

Plan of action: In preparing for the new standards and assessment, the District’s Math Committee began meeting this school year to begin the conversation about bridging gaps and possibly reviewing new curriculum.

Our first meeting was held on January 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. A representative from each grade level/course was present.  The morning was spent with Kenneth Davis, CCSS Math Consultant from DPI, who took us through a process of unpacking and repacking the Math CCSS.

During the afternoon, the committee participated in a debriefing of the morning’s activities and planned next steps in terms of aligning our curriculum with Math CCSS.      

Since the state has granted local control in regards to CCSS, the District’s goal is to support staff members and teachers in first understanding what the CCSS math expects, and then to eventually review and select instructional materials or textbooks that best support our understanding and implementation of the CCSS and the needs of students in Shorewood.

At the end of the meeting, the committee decided the following plan of action:

  • At the next 7-12 department meeting (curriculum Wednesday), the team members will explain the unpacking/repacking process to department members and our next steps in terms of Math alignment.
  • At the next elementary staff meeting, Lake Bluff and Atwater team members will explain the unpacking/repacking process to their respective schools and our next steps in terms of Math alignment.
  • SIS will begin the Math CCSS curriculum alignment process on Curriculum Wednesdays and during their common planning time beginning January 2014.
  • In the fall of 2014, elementary teachers will begin the Math CCSS curriculum alignment process. Teachers will work full days and will provide classroom coverage in order to work with grade clusters K-1, 2-3, 4-6.
  • SHS will begin the Math CCSS curriculum alignment process on Curriculum Wednesdays and during the summer of 2014.
  • Kenneth Davis from DPI will be invited back in the fall of 2014 to review/present the unpacking/repacking process with elementary teachers.
  • Flip charts from Align, Access, Achieve will be purchased for teachers.

The Math Committee will report on their progress at Curriculum Committee meetings (once per semester).

How Will The CCSS Change What Teachers Do?: CCSS will have varying degrees of influence for teachers. CCSS has replaced current state standards in English language arts and mathematics. They will unify goals and expectations for students across the country as well as align assessments. For more information about how the CCSS will change what Shorewood’s teachers do, click here or click here.

How Will the CCSS Change What Students Do?: The standards address the math and literacy demands students will encounter in both college and the workplace.  Because the content and assessments will be the same from state to state, a unified system of measurement can be used to compare student growth from one part of the country to another.

The goal of CCSS will help solidify students’ progression to higher-level math, through real-world applications and conceptual understanding, not just procedural knowledge. Through thoughtful concepts, students will be able to go beyond reciting, memorizing and selecting the correct responses to weekly assessments to building sophisticated understanding of content areas and taking students to the synthesis, analysis and practical application of information.

Below are multiple resources that may be used in support of Math CCSS:


Posted by on Friday January, 24, 2014 at 11:55AM


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