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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

CPS announces Common Core early adopter schools

Chicago Public Schools announced the list Monday of the schools that will be the first to teach and test to the common core standards, a set of standards adopted by more than 40 states and seen to be more rigorous than the current state standards.

By 2014, Illinois will roll out a new assessment called PARCC to all schools.  The PARCC, however, is still in development. For now, the schools will be using a quarterly assessment called the CCSS that is alligned to the common core.

CPS is spending $600,000 on this pilot project. The 35 schools will not be given any extra money, but teachers will be freed up to go to professional development and their input will be taken into consideration when the common core is implemented at scale. The money will also pay for curriculum and consulting costs. 

The following schools were chosen: George Armstrong, Barton, Brighton Park, Camras, Canter, Carter, Chalmers, Cooper, Dumas, Evergreen, Hernandez, Higgins, Hitch, Logandale, Madero, Mann, McClellan, Melody, Mitchell, Peterson, Ryder, Schubert and Tonti Elementary Schools, Amundsen, Chicago Military Academy, Clark, Clemente, Farragut, Foreman, Harper, Juarez, Lincoln Park, Multicultural, Senn and Taft High Schools.

Another 25 schools will be able to send their lead teachers to professional development and are being called support schools. They are: Addams, Ames, Armour, Azuela, Colemon, Gallistel, Grissom, Hedges, Henderson, Herzl, Kershaw, Libby, Northwest, O.A. Thorp, Perez, Rogers, Skinner North, Walsh, and Williams Middle School.

Corliss, Daniel Hale Williams, Hirsch, Rickover, Robeson and Sullivan High Schools.

Also, today Catalyst-Chicago is announcing the annual policy breakfast series. This year, the series will focus on the Common Core Standards and will feature Chief Education Officer Noemi Donoso, as well as state and national leaders on the new standards. To reserve your spot, click here: http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/series-overview 

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Follow Cleveland CPS!

Cleveland is using a grade-band strategy, starting with kindergarten through 2nd grade teachers. This choice was strategic for multiple reasons. First, grades K-2 are not tested, so the fact that the Common Core standards are not aligned with Ohio’s assessment system is a non-issue. Second, by starting with the youngest grades, Cleveland could build up students’ knowledge and abilities based on the Common Core and avoid the problem of holding students accountable for knowledge and skills they were supposed to have learned in earlier grades. Further, Cleveland took an entire year to build awareness and knowledge of the standards among their K-2 teaching corps, “unpack” the standards and begin sifting through available instructional materials, develop formative assessments, and revise their Scope and Sequence pacing guide. The district accomplished all of this before trying to implement the standards in the classroom. Once classroom implementation begins this year, the district has a training and support plan for all K-2 teachers and plans to collect feedback so that the Scope and Sequence can be revised and improved.

It’s not rocket science to see the difference between Chicago’s and Cleveland’s approaches. And it’s just as easy to recognize which one is more likely to be successful.

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