The presentation, which is offered by Assoc. Supt. Peggy Manville, is available on the NLSD122 website.
Manville explains in the presentation that the Common Core Standards are intended to make sure that all students in the United States are ready to compete on a global scale. The standards are a "shared set of learning expectations" designed to:
- Increase global competiveness
- Focus on College and Career Readiness
- Reduce the rate of college remediation
- Improve student achievement
Test Score Changes
Manville detailed some changes included in the way the Illinois Standard Achievement Test is scored. For instance, instead of an "A" being given youngsters with scores of 93-100, the "cut score" has been boosted to 96-100.
In 2012, 85 percent of students tested in reading scored at levels that met or exceeded goals, and 90 percent of students tested in math met or exceeded goals. A preliminary review of 2013 ISAT scores indicate that the increased demands changed the scores to 65 percent in reading and 67 percent in math.
According to Manville, the scores on the 2013 are preliminary. However, with the change in standards comes more precise direction for teachers. She said the teachers are pleased with the more detailed description of standards.
The school district's goal for the 2014 ISAT test is to maintain the same scores as the 2013 scores.
As time goes on, "Your students or your children will now have to jump 8 feet instead of 6."
Parents can expect ISAT scores this month, she said.
To view the entire presentation on Common Core Standards and its implementation in NLSD122, visit the district's website.
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