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OC CCSS Assessment for Principals

This website will help you learn how the use of technology has supported principals in conversations about Next Generation Assessments (Smarter Balanced Assessment) and refining current assessment practice to align with the expectations of 21st Century skills and Common Core State Standards "Habits of Mind."


Introduction to Depth of Knowledge

Common Core and the assessment systems provided by SBAC and PARC focus on Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK). This provides a vocabulary and a frame of reference when thinking about our students and how they engage with the content. DOK offers a common language to understand "rigor," or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks.


K-8 California CCSS Parent Handbook

Developed by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), this handbook is designed to provided parents an overview and support to better understand the Common Core State Standards.


Common Core - engageNY

Great resources relating to the Common Core State Standards put together by engageNY. Resources include a toolkit, videos, exemplar assignments, professional development and more. There are resources for teachers, administrators, IT staff and other stakeholders. The site focuses on New York educators, but many are applicable to all states implementing the CCSS.


Learn Zillion

Learn Zillion is a website with more than 2000 high quality, teacher-created videos that are aligned to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This would be a great site for those looking to create a blended learning model. Teachers can set up classes and recommend specific videos for students. Start with the Learn Zillion welcome video for more information on how to use. It also has resources for parents who want to support their students.


Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

The Hunt Institute is leading the movement to transform American education. The institute supports state and national policymakers to drive educational reform. This resource is a link to a series of videos about the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Implementing Online Assessments

This site is part of, an online community of practice created by SETDA to help states and districts prepare for online assessments. Whether your school or districts preparing for PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments, this site provides case studies, expertise in infrastructure, determining needs, communicating to stakeholders and much more!


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Minimum Tech Requirements

The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing computers will support the administration of the assessment system in the 2014-15 school year that will evaluate students' mastery on the Common Core State Standards.


The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an innovative approach to high school reform, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Both the CCSS and Linked Learning seek to prepare students for college and career by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school. Practitioners, administrators, parents, policymakers, and others can use this brief to discover strategic approaches for combining the CCSS and Linked Learning to design high-quality, relevant, 21st century instruction for all students. Resources also provided.


Grade K-6 Technology Skills Matrix

This matrix shows what what students should be introduced to, practice, and/or master in each grade level from kindergarten to 6th grade. From general computer operation skills, to multimedia creation and desktop publishing, 11 different topic areas are included. This can be used to get a sense of what skills are needed for students to be successful on SBAC or PARCC.


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