Common Core Alignment
In 2012, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) launched an effort to promote stronger K-12/postsecondary alignment. With a specific focus on supporting greater communication across all sectors of K-12 and postsecondary education in North Carolina, NCCCS is coordinating work to align expectations, standards and assessments stemming from NC’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards in public schools. With a clear focus on promoting career and college readiness, the office of K-12 and Postsecondary Alignment Initiatives is directing this statewide policy engagement strategy. Support for this initiative comes from a “Core to College” grant, funded by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors through support from the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The initiative is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of the Chief Academic Officers of the NC Community College System, the University of North Carolina (UNC), and the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI); the Vice President of Government Relations for North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; and other key leaders from NCCCS, UNC and DPI.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, the work of this cross-sector collaboration will convene K-12 and higher education faculty and leaders to to discuss the essence of career and college readiness in North Carolina using a communications framework called "NC Ready for Succeess." Focused on the tagline of "Connecting K-12 and higher education for student success," NC Ready for Success will work to better align expectations, standards, and assessments across education sectors, creating a more coherent and consistent system of postsecondary success throughout the state.
Contact Dr. John D. Denning at (919) 807-7099 or email@example.com
Most Recent Activity Report
Activity Report - May 2013Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 20:06
On May 15, our team issued a statewide RFP to encourage greater partnership alignment between higher education and secondary stakeholders. The goals of these SASS (Supporting Alignment for Student Success) Mini-Grants are to:
- increase higher education faculty knowledge of North Carolina’s newly revised Standard Course of Study (which includes the adoption of Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards) as well as the role the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is playing to support implementation of the new standards;
- promote collaboration across secondary and postsecondary faculty; and
- develop demonstration materials that may be used by faculty at both secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to support the instructional shifts needed for NC’s newly revised Standard Course of Study implementation.
Proposals will be accepted through 5:00PM on Wednesday June 26, 2013. All eligible institutions of higher education in North Carolina are strongly encouraged to apply.Key Values:
Thus far, almost 300 educators have participated in the regional "Imagining Conversations." The upcoming and remaining “Imagining Conversations” will be held on dates and locations listed below. Please continue to assist with helping promote these events so that we have an ample selection of cross-sector faculty represented.
September 12th North Carolina State University
September 17th University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Planning continues to evolve around the development of strategic Alignment Teams of cross-sector faculty. The goal of these teams is to produce substantive deliverables that can support the state’s alignment initiatives as well as for meaningful implementation of the Common Core State Standards across sectors.
Planning continues for the state’s first K-12 and Higher Education Summits which are to be held in 2014.
CCEG (Common Core Engagement Group for Higher Education)
The CCEG met on May 22 and heard from Dr. Paolo DeMaria, Principal with Education First and his remarks on the efforts of states around the nation to work collaboratively on alignment issues across sectors. Dr. Wesley Beddard also provided an update on the work of the CAA (Comprehensive Articulation Agreement).
- The SBACE Practice Test was released publicly on May 28, 2013. A link to with more information can be located here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/Practice_Test/default.html
There continues to be a a number of opportunities for faculty to become more engaged in the work of developing the array of SBAC Assessment tools. Some involve travel, many do not. Some involve a small stipend, others do not.
- Pilot Test Data Review: A small number of math and English faculty will be needed to review, at a distance, results for high school items and performance tasks from the pilot test. This work is slated for August and September. A small stipend is available to compensate teachers and faculty for this work. Deadline for intent to apply is June 6.
- Field Test Stimulus Review: A small number of English and math faculty will be needed to review passages that serve as stimuli for reading and writing items and tasks. This work is slated for June to August. A small stipend is available to compensate teachers and faculty for this work. Deadline for intent to apply is June 6.
- Field Test Item and Task Review: English and math faculty will be needed to review items and tasks, primarily at the high school level. This work is slated for July to November. A small stipend is available to compensate teachers and faculty for this work. Deadline for intent to apply is June 6.
- Accessibility & Accommodations Framework: This document provides the conceptual underpinning for accessibility approaches, accessibility tools and accommodation options, and implementation guidance for Smarter Balanced assessments. It is the precursor to a much more detailed manual describing particular accessibility and accommodation policies and features and their appropriate use. Anyone interested in this opportunity should let us know before Friday, June 14.
- Formative Assessment Teams and State Networks of Educators: Smarter Balanced is looking for teams of educators from across each state to be a part of the development of formative assessment items. These educator teams will each be called a State Network of Educators and K-12 teachers and administrators and higher educational professionals with experience working with the following student populations to apply: general education, gifted and talented, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Members of the SNE will contribute to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, an online, interactive clearinghouse for educators, students, and families. The Digital Library will provide educators with resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities so that they can tailor instruction to student needs based on information from a coherent, balanced assessment system.”
For more information on how to apply for any of these opportunities, contact John D. Denning, State Director, K-12 and Postsecondary Alignment initiatives at JDenning@NCReadyforSuccess.com.Next Steps:
Next Meeting of the Steering Committee Meeting will be on June 12, from 2:30PM-4:30PM at the Friday Institute at NCSU in Raleigh.Meetings:
- About SuccessNC
- Guiding Goals
- Basic Skills Plus
- Career & College Promise
- Career & Technical HS to College Articulation
- Code Green Super CIP
- Common Core Alignment
- Completion by Design
- Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
- Data Initiative
- Developmental Education Initiative
- Financial Aid Simplification
- Integrated Teaching & Learning Gateway
- Math Pathways CIP
- Minority Male Mentoring
- Performance Measures & Funding
- Webinars & Videos