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					Alaska’s Proposed English Language
   Arts and Mathematics Standards


                 Department of Education &
                        Early Development


                              Public Comment Period
                              January – May 12, 2012




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History of Standards
 1990s: Alaska standards in reading, writing, and
  mathematics were developed by age spans

 2004: Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in reading, writing,
  and mathematics were developed to further define
  standards at each grade level (grades 3 – 10)

 2006: Grade Level Expectations were expanded to
  include kindergarten through second grade




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    What do we know about
     Alaska’s Grade Level
        Expectations?




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February - March 2011, Alaskan educators reviewed and
compared the Alaska’s Grade Level Expectations (GLEs)
and other common national standards.
We know:
    1.   the GLEs are over six years old.
    2.   the GLEs do not extend beyond grade 10.
    3.   the GLEs are broad and open to teacher interpretation.
    4.   the GLEs are lower in rigor than other standards.
    5.   the GLEs are a blueprint for assessment.




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    Alaska stakeholders supported
     the need for new standards.
        How was the process
              completed?




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June – November 2011, Alaska educators along with
national experts shared their knowledge and assisted with
the revision to create the proposed standards.
The proposed Alaska standards:
    1.   align with college and work readiness.
    2.   include rigorous content.
    3.   build upon strength and lessons of the GLEs.
    4.   outline instructional expectations for grades K-12.
    5.   equal in rigor to national common standards.
    6.   relate to real world application.


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Alaska Stakeholders
 What was the representation of the stakeholders?
        Classroom teachers in reading, writing, and mathematics –
         kindergarten through high school
        University instructors representing multiple content areas
        Career and technical education instructors
        Alaska industry and business representatives
        District administrators
        Educators representing students with disabilities, English language
         learners, economically disadvantaged, and ethnic groups




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                      8%
Stakeholder
Demographics
by Attendance
                                         5%
                                          17%

                                          27%
                11%
                                                19%



                                   12%



                      1% unknown
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Stakeholder Demographic
Educational Emphasis

                    Ethnic Subgroup
                                      Special Education
                           8%
                                             16%



    Math Teacher
        19%



                                                      English Language
                                                             18%




         Language Arts
            Teacher                   Economically
             22%                      Disadvantaged
9                                          17%
     What evidence suggests Alaska’s
     students need a higher learning
               standard?




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National Competitiveness

  The National Assessment of Educational
   Progress (NAEP) is the common measurement of
   student achievement
    • NAEP was created in 1969; the No Child Left
      Behind Act (NCLB) mandated state
      participation in NAEP reading and math every
      other year
    • Alaska has NAEP data for 2003, 2005, 2007,
      2009, and 2011 for grades 4 and 8 in reading
      and math



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NAEP – Reading Grade 4




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NAEP –Reading Grade 8




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NAEP - Mathematics Grade 4




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NAEP - Mathematics Grade 8




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International Competitiveness

     The Program for International Student
     Assessment (PISA) is an international study
     which began in the year 2000.
        • PISA aims to evaluate education systems
          worldwide by testing the skills and
          knowledge of 15-year-old students in
          participating countries/economies.
        • Since the year 2000 over 70 countries and
          economies have participated in PISA.


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      What makes the proposed English
     Language Arts Standards different?
       What tools will they provide so
      Alaska graduates can be nationally
          and globally competitive?




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English Language Arts

     The proposed ELA standards
       address kindergarten - 12 grade.
       increase text complexity within the
        Reading Standards.
       connect Reading and Writing Standards.
       designate Writing and Language Standards.
       provide speaking and listening criteria.



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New Reading Standards



Grade Level                                               • Key Ideas and Details
         • Fluency
Expectations Identification Skills
         • Word
                                                          • Craft
                                                 New Standards and Structure
                                                          • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
   K-10 • Forming a General Understanding           K-12 • Range of Reading and Level of Text
          • Analysis of Content or Structure
                                                            Complexity




  Increased complexity through reading a diverse array of classic, contemporary, and
  Alaskan-based literature as well as challenging informational texts. Students are
  expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their
  perspective.

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New Writing Standards


                    • Write Using a
                      Variety of Forms                                • Text types and
                                                                        Purposes
                      Structures and                   New
Grade Level           Conventions
                                                     Standards
                                                                      • Production and
                                                                        Distribution of
Expectations        • Revision                                          Writing
                    • Cite Resources                   K-12           • Research to Build and
   K-10             • Use Resources                                     Present Knowledge
                                                                      • Range of Writing




      Research skills are predominantly in the writing strand since a written analysis
      and presentation of findings are so often critical to communicate information.
      Opinion writing, a basic form of argument, extends down into the earliest
      grades unlike the GLEs.

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New Language Standards



                                           • Conventions of
                 New Standards               standard English
                                           • Knowledge of
                    K-12                     Language
                                           • Vocabulary
                                             Acquisition




     The Language Standards provide opportunities for students to develop their
     vocabularies through a mix of conversations, direct instruction, and reading.
     The standards emphasize word meanings, nuances of words, and steadily
     expand the repertoire of words and phrases.
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New Speaking and Listening Standards



                 New
               Standards      • Comprehension and Collaboration
                              • Presentation of Knowledge and ideas
                 K-12




 An important focus of the Speaking and Listening Standards is academic discussion
 in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings.



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        What makes the proposed
     Mathematics Standards different?
      What tools will they provide so
     Alaska graduates can be nationally
         and globally competitive?



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Mathematics Standards

     The proposed math standards
       address kindergarten – grade 12.
       focus critical areas identified in grades K-8.
       provide coherence – progression of topics across
        grades allowing for higher level math earlier.
       establish increased rigor - increased through use
        of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
       present by conceptual categories or domains
        instead of courses or grade levels in high school.



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  New Mathematics Standards


           •Numeration
  Grade Level
           •Measurement
  Expectations
           •Estimation & Computations                        New Standards
      K-5 •Functions & Relationships
           •Geometry
                                                                   K-5
             •Statistics & Probability




                                          Mathematics - Domain Progression Overview for Grades K-5
Focus is on Number in                        K           1           2           3          4          5
kindergarten – grade 5.
                                         Counting and
Specific changes from                    Cardinality
GLEs: addition and                       Number and Operations in Base Ten
subtraction in grade 1;
                                                                             Number and Operations-Fractions
multiplication and division
in grade 3.                              Operations and Algebraic Thinking
                                         Geometry
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                                         Measurement and Data
New Mathematics Standards

         •Numeration
Grade Level
         •Measurement
Expectations
         •Estimation & Computations         New Standards
    6-8 •Functions & Relationships
         •Geometry
                                                  6-8
           •Statistics & Probability




                                            Mathematics - Domain Progression
Coherent alignment prevails in the             Overview by Grade for 6-8
upper grades. Expression &
Equations and Functions will                 6             7              8
include more algebraic concepts.       Ratios and Proportional
Measurement is not a domain in         Relationships
middle school.                         Number System
                                       Expressions and Equations
                                                                    Functions

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                                       Geometry
                                       Statistics and Probability
New Mathematics Standards



         • Numeration
                                                               • Number & Quality
Grade Level
         • Measurement                                         • Algebra
Expectations
         • Estimation & Computations               New Standards
                                                               • Functions
   9-10 • Functions & Relationships                    9-12
         • Geometry                                            • Modeling
         • Statistics & Probability                            • Geometry
                                                               • Statistics & Probability


  The earlier progression of topics in K-8 allows for higher level math in high school.
  The high school standards are organized in “Conceptual Categories” or domains and
  not courses.
  Modeling is used throughout the standards to increase application to real world
  problems. Some standards are indicated as higher math content and do not apply to all
  students.
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Standards for Mathematical Practice
     1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving
        them
     2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
     3. Construct viable arguments and critique the
        reasoning of others
     4. Model with mathematics
     5. Use appropriate tools strategically
     6. Attend to precision
     7. Look for and make use of structure
     8. Look for and express regularity in repeated
        reasoning

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Tools for Alaska’s Graduates

     1.   Increased text complexity will bridge the gap between high
          school and college/work readiness.
     2.   Connections between writing and reading will strengthen
          research skills.
     3.   Speaking and listening standards promote collaboration and
          clear communication.
     4.   Rigorous math content will have application to real world
          problems.
     5.   In-depth analysis of mathematical and logical arguments will
          increase critical thinking skills.



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Relevancy
The new proposed standards align with the uniqueness of
Alaska. Combined with the Cultural Standards and local
educators, relevant learning experiences will continue.
   Same relevancy as the GLEs
   Allow for relevancy at a greater level


The proposed standards establish a strong foundation of
knowledge and skills all students need for success after
graduation. It is up to schools and teachers to decide how
to put the standards into practice and incorporate other
state standards, including the cultural standards.

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Timeline



     January –May 12, 2012     Public comment period

     February– April 2012      Webinars and presentations about the new
                               standards scheduled

     June 2012                 New standards potentially adopted

     Fall 2012 – Spring 2015   Transition from GLEs to new standards

     Spring 2016               New assessments potentially administered




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Support for Districts
 EED Website provides information and updated weekly
  http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/assessment/GLEHome.html
 Frequently asked questions have been created for
  distribution http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standfaqs.html
 Webinars have been scheduled for an in-depth review of
  the proposed standards (dates are posted on the
  website)
 Publications for parents, teachers, and the community will
  be available.
 Curriculum and Alignment Institute will support districts
  with the transition of curriculum.
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Public Comment




     http://www.eed.state.ak.us/regs/



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     What lies ahead for Alaska’s high
     school graduates? What can we
     imagine for them?




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Department Contacts
 Assessment Administrator: Janet Valentour,
  janet.valentour@alaska.gov
 Information Officer: Eric Fry, eric.fry@alaska.gov
 Literacy Specialist: Karen Melin, karen.melin@alaska.gov
 Mathematics Content Specialist: Cecilia Miller,
  cecilia.miller@alaska.gov
 NAEP Coordinator: Jeanne Foy, jeanne.foy@alaska.gov




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