Sunday, June 24, 2012

Common Core Testing Samples | English language Arts and Mathematics

Common Core Sample Test English language Arts (Reading) and Mathematics | Common Core practice test English language Arts (Reading) and Mathematics Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

The Common Core State Standards and PARCC\Smarter Balanced assessments are another part of the "Accountability Movement," that started over twenty year ago. The "Lowering of academic standards and expectations" in the US and “Dumbing down of the standards and curriculum” left many students unprepared for careers or college as critiques have argued. Common Core assessments are designed in part to redress this inequality! The question is, Are we putting the Ox before that cart?

Most of the Common Core assessments follow the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  State that have high standards based on the NCTM and NCTE will find the Common Core very familiar.

Sample of State assessments that are similar to the Common Core Standards


ELA READING
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade 

English Language Arts
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grades 11-12

Mathematics
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11

Online Math Test Sample From PARCC/CCSStoolBox and the Dana Center



Elementary school CCSS Math tasks  
Flower gardens (grade 3)
Fractions on the number line (grade 3)
Mariana’s fractions (grade 3)
School mural (grade 3)
Buses, vans, and cars (grade 4)
Deer in the park (grade 4)
Numbers of stadium seats (grade 4)
Ordering juice drinks (grade 4)

Middle school tasks
Cake weighing (grade 6)
Gasoline consumption (grade 6)
Inches and centimeters (grade 6)
Anne’s family trip (grade 7)
School supplies (grade 7)
Spicy veggies (grade 7)
TV sales (grade 7)

High school tasks
Cellular growth
Golf balls in water
Isabella’s credit card
Rabbit populations
Transforming graphs of quadratic functions
 1st Grade LANGUAGE ARTS:ALL DOMAINS
GRAMMAR & MECHANICS
RESEARCH PROCESS
SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION & REVISION

MATH:ALL DOMAINS
COMPUTATION & ESTIMATION
GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT
NUMBER SENSE & NUMERATION
PATTERNS & RELATIONSHIPS/ALGEBRA
PROBLEM SOLVING

READING:ALL DOMAINS
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
READING FOR LOCATING & RECALLING INFORMATION
READING FOR MEANING
READING FOR VOCABULARY IMPROVEMENT

2nd Grade LANGUAGE ARTS:ALL DOMAINS
PARAGRAPH CONTENT & ORGANIZATION
GRAMMAR & MECHANICS
RESEARCH PROCESS
SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION & REVISION

MATH:ALL DOMAINS
COMPUTATION & ESTIMATION
GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT
NUMBER SENSE & NUMERATION
PATTERNS & RELATIONSHIPS/ALGEBRA
PROBLEM SOLVING

READING:ALL DOMAINS
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
READING FOR LOCATING & RECALLING INFORMATION
READING FOR MEANING
READING FOR VOCABULARY IMPROVEMENT

3rd Grade LANGUAGE ARTS:ALL DOMAINS
PARAGRAPH CONTENT & ORGANIZATION
GRAMMAR & MECHANICS
RESEARCH PROCESS
SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION & REVISION

MATH:ALL DOMAINS
COMPUTATION & ESTIMATION
GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT
NUMBER SENSE & NUMERATION
PATTERNS & RELATIONSHIPS/ALGEBRA
PROBLEM SOLVING
STATISTICS & PROBABILITY

READING:ALL DOMAINS
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
READING FOR LOCATING & RECALLING INFORMATION
READING FOR MEANING
READING FOR VOCABULARY IMPROVEMENT

4th Grade LANGUAGE ARTS:ALL DOMAINS
PARAGRAPH CONTENT & ORGANIZATION
GRAMMAR & MECHANICS
RESEARCH PROCESS
SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION & REVISION

MATH:ALL DOMAINS
COMPUTATION & ESTIMATION
GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT
NUMBER SENSE & NUMERATION
PATTERNS & RELATIONSHIPS/ALGEBRA
PROBLEM SOLVING

READING:ALL DOMAINS
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
READING FOR LOCATING & RECALLING INFORMATION
READING FOR MEANING
READING FOR VOCABULARY IMPROVEMENT

5th Grade LANGUAGE ARTS:ALL DOMAINS
PARAGRAPH CONTENT & ORGANIZATION
GRAMMAR & MECHANICS
RESEARCH PROCESS
SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION & REVISION

MATH:ALL DOMAINS
COMPUTATION & ESTIMATION
GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT
NUMBER SENSE & NUMERATION
PATTERNS & RELATIONSHIPS/ALGEBRA
PROBLEM SOLVING
STATISTICS & PROBABILITY

READING:ALL DOMAINS
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
READING FOR LOCATING & RECALLING INFORMATION
READING FOR MEANING
READING FOR VOCABULARY IMPROVEMENT

PARCC Prototype Test Items for Common Core Assessments | PARCC Assessments Released Items | PARCC Released test sample ELA Grade 3, 6, 7, 10 |  PARCC Released test sample MATH Grade 3, 4, 6, 7, High School

ELA/Literacy Sample passages, items and rubrics
Grade 3

GR 3 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf

GR 3 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf
Grade 3 EBSR from End-of-Year Assessment

Grade 3 TECR from End-of-Year Assessment
 
Grade 6

GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf

GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf

GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 3.pdf

GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 4.pdf
Grade 6 EBSR from Narrative Writing Task (Vocabulary)

Grade 6 EBSR from Narrative Writing Task

Grade 6 TECR from Narrative Writing Task

Grade 6 Prose Constructed Response from Narrative Writing Task
 
Grade 7

Gr 7 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf

Gr 7 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf

Gr 7 PARCC ELA Item 3.pdf

Grade 7 Prose Constructed Response from Research Simulation Task (Summary)

Grade 7 TECR from Research Simulation Task

Grade 7 Prose Constructed Response from Research Simulation Task (Analytical Essay)

Grade 10 GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf
GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf
GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 3.pdf
GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 4.pdf

Grade 10 EBSR from Literary Analysis Task

Grade 10 EBSR from Literary Analysis Task (Vocabulary)

Grade 10 Prose Constructed Response—Sample #1 from Literary Analysis Task

Grade 10 Prose Constructed Response—Sample #2 from Literary Analysis Task

Mathematics sample items.
Grade 3

PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR3_Frac-Num-LineV2.pdf

PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR3FluencyV2.pdf

PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR3_The Field_PartAV2.pdf

Fractions on Number Line

Fluency
The Field

PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics.
Grade 4

Prototype Items
Grade 6

PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR6_SliderV2.pdf

Grade 6 (Slider Ruler)

Prototype Items

Grade 7 PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR7_SpeedV2.pdf

Speed

Prototype Items

High School PARCC Math Sample Problems_HS-FunctionsV2.pdf
PARCC Math Sample Problems_HS-QuadEquation.pdf
PARCC Math Sample Problems_HS-SeeingStructureV2.pdf

High School Functions

High School (Seeing Structure in a Quadratic Equation)

High School (Seeing Structure in an Equation)

Prototype Items

Prototype Items

    Generic Rubrics - ELA/Literacy



    MCAS Practice released test for all grades  
    Grade 3 [All Subjects, 2.6 MB]
    Mathematics [2.2 MB]

    Grade 4 [All Subjects, 4.62 MB]
    Mathematics[3.15 MB]

    Grade 5 [All Subjects, 7.02 MB]
    Mathematics [1.62 MB]

    Grade 6 [All Subjects, 2.16 MB]
    Mathematics [1.87 MB]

    Grade 7 [All Subjects, 4.14 MB]
    Mathematics [1.69 MB]

    Grade 8 [All Subjects, 4.05 MB]
    Mathematics [1.75 MB]

    Grade 10 [All Subjects, 1.34 MB]
    Mathematics [1.04 MB]
    High School [All Subjects, 6.82 MB]
    Biology [1.97MB]
    U.S. History [1.54 MB]

    Common Core Standards | PARCC Assessments Released Items

    PARCC Prototype Test Items for Common Core Assessments | PARCC Assessments Released Items | PARCC Released test sample ELA Grade 3, 6, 7, 10 |  PARCC Released test sample MATH Grade 3, 4, 6, 7, High School

    ELA/Literacy Sample passages, items and rubrics
    GR 3 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf
    GR 3 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf
    GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf
    GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf
    GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 3.pdf
    GR 6 PARCC ELA Item 4.pdf
    Gr 7 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf
    Gr 7 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf
    Gr 7 PARCC ELA Item 3.pdf




  • Grade 7 Prose Constructed Response from Research Simulation Task (Summary)




  • Grade 7 TECR from Research Simulation Task




  • Grade 7 Prose Constructed Response from Research Simulation Task (Analytical Essay)



  • Grade 10GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 1.pdf
    GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 2.pdf
    GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 3.pdf
    GR 10 PARCC ELA Item 4.pdf
    Mathematics sample items.
    PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR3_Frac-Num-LineV2.pdf
    PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR3FluencyV2.pdf
    PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR3_The Field_PartAV2.pdf

    PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics.
    Prototype Items
    PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR6_SliderV2.pdf



  • Grade 6 (Slider Ruler)





  • Prototype Items


  • PARCC Math Sample Problems_GR7_SpeedV2.pdf




  • Speed






  • Prototype Items 


  • PARCC Math Sample Problems_HS-FunctionsV2.pdf
    PARCC Math Sample Problems_HS-QuadEquation.pdf
    PARCC Math Sample Problems_HS-SeeingStructureV2.pdf

    Generic Rubrics - ELA/Literacy

    Back Ground and History of the Common Core from Wiki

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The past twenty years in the U.S. have also been termed the "Accountability Movement," as states are being held to mandatory tests of student achievement, which are expected to demonstrate a common core of knowledge that all citizens should have to be successful in this country.[1] As part of this overarching education reform movement, the nation’s governors and corporate leaders founded Achieve, Inc. in 1996 as a bi-partisan organization to raise academic standards, graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability in all 50 states.[2] The initial motivation for the development of the Common Core State Standards was part of the American Diploma Project (ADP).[3]
    A report titled, “Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma That Counts,” from 2004 found that both employers and colleges are demanding more of high school graduates than in the past.[4] According to Achieve, Inc., “current high-school exit expectations fall well short of [employer and college] demands.”[5] The report explains that the major problem currently facing the American school system is that, high school graduates were not provided with the skills and knowledge they needed to succeed.[5] A high school diploma in the U.S. was and continues to be a “broken-promise [which is supposed to] reflect adequate preparation for the intellectual demands of adult life, [but] in reality it falls far short of this common sense goal,” (page 1). The report continues that the diploma itself lost its value because graduates could not compete successfully beyond high school.[5] This report suggested that the solution to combat this problem is a common set of rigorous standards.
    Announced on June 1, 2009,[6] the initiative's stated purpose is to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them."[7] Additionally, "The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers," which will place American students in a position in which they can compete in a global economy.[7] Forty-five of the fifty states in the United States are members of the initiative, with the states of Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota not adopting the initiative at a state level.[8]
    Standards were released for mathematics and English language arts on June 2, 2010, with a majority of states adopting the standards in the subsequent months. (See below for current status.) States were given an incentive to adopt the Common Core Standards through the possibility of competitive federal Race to the Top grants. President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Race to the Top competitive grants on July 24, 2009 as a motivator for education reform.[9] To be eligible, states had to adopt "internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the work place."[10] This meant that in order for a state to be eligible for these grants, the states had to adopt the Common Core State Standards or a similar career and college readiness curriculum. The competition for these grants provided a major push for states to adopt the standards.[11] The adoption dates for all states that chose to adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative took place within the two years following this announcement.[12] The common standards are funded by the governors and state schools chiefs, with additional support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and others.[13] States are planning to implement this initiative by 2015[14] by basing at least 85% of their state curricula on the Standards.

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