Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Necessary Common Core Docs

OK, here's what I'm thinking at the moment.

We need an updated and consolidated document focusing on international benchmarks to high performing countries' reading standards. That is, excluding states, other "non-high-performing" countries, etc. The ones CCSSI used first time around were:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Ontario
  • Victoria, Australia
  • New South Wales, Australia
  • Ireland
  • Hong Kong
  • Finland

By the way, did you notice that six of the eight of CCSSI's exemplars are not "national" standards?

That's a manageable body to review and update if I make some printouts. I don't think there would be any point in doing this as some kind of table or hypertext, just something like:

  • Final CCRS version
  • Grade 11-12 versions of the standards (since that's what we're really comparing in an apples to apples benchmark in most of these cases)
  • Draft CCRS (since we'll note which benchmarks were ones that CCSSI came up with themselves)
  • Short commentary on the above
  • Best "counterpart" standards from each of the docs listed above
  • Short commentary on each
  • Summarizing commentary

That seems like an insane amount, but there are only 10 anchor standards in reading, and each one would take a few hours in a discrete chunk. I do think a print-formatted document would make more sense than a web page. I guess the one advantage of doing it as a web page is you might make each section collapse-able... hm...

Anyhow, separately, we really just need a Common Core annoyances wiki where people can vent about specific standards. Basically just a wiki page per standard. I can't believe that at this point there is still no official standard by standard commentary, but there isn't right? There is no official "ok, this is what we meant by reading standard 1" text, right?

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