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Colorado's PARCC ELC Mathematics

The following professional learning modules were designed with the practitioner in mind. Often, content and new initiatives are rolled-out without direct training and support for the educators responsible for implementation.  The following modules were designed to provide educators with an understanding of how the design of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in Mathematics and the PARCC Mathematics assessments work together to support rigorous and relevant instructional practice. 

Module 1: Understanding Colorado’s Standards for College and Career Readiness in Math

Session Objectives: After the session each teacher will be able to:

    • Explain why we have new standards
    • Verify the focus, rigor, and coherence in grade band expectations
    • Locate all the parts in the Colorado Academic Standards

Materials needed:

    • Material for teachers to take notes if needed.
    • Highlighter for each teacher.
    • Copy of the Grade Level Expectations at a Glance.

Anticipated time: 30 minutes

Powerpoint

Facilitator Guide

 

Module 2: Understanding New Expectations for Rigor in Mathematics

The module authors created unique modules for grade bands 3-5, 6-8, and high school.  

 

High School Module

Session Objectives: After the session each teacher will be able to:

    • Define rigor in the classroom
    • Verify the rigor of the Michelle's Conjecture task
    • Verify the alignment of the example task versus the claim, standard, evidence, and mathematical practices.

Materials needed:

    • Material for teachers to take notes if needed.
    • Method for teachers to post questions.
    • Copy of the Michelle's Conjecture for each teacher. 

Anticipated time: 25 minutes

Powerpoint

Facilitator Guide

PARCC Assessment Item: Michelle's Conjecture

 

Middle School Module (6-8)

Session Objectives: After the session each teacher will be able to:

    • Define rigor in the classroom
    • Verify the rigor of the Proportion of Instruments task
    • Verify the alignment of the example task versus the claim, standard, evidence, and mathematical practices.

Materials needed:

    • Material for teachers to take notes if needed.
    • Method for teachers to post questions.
    • Copy of the Proportion of Instruments task for each teacher. 

Anticipated time: 25 minutes

Powerpoint

Facilitator Guide

PARCC Assessment Item: Proportion of Instruments

 

Elementary School Module (3-5)

Session Objectives: After the session each teacher will be able to:

    • Define rigor in the classroom
    • Verify the rigor of the Fraction Model task
    • Verify the alignment of the example task versus the claim, standard, evidence, and mathematical practices.

Materials needed:

    • Material for teachers to take notes if needed.
    • Method for teachers to post questions.
    • Copy of the Fraction Model task for each teacher. 

Anticipated time: 25 minutes

Powerpoint

Facilitator Guide

PARCC Assessment Item: Fraction Model 

 


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About the modules?

English/Language Arts Modules created by the Educator Leader Cadre, Sue McCue, Jessica Moore, and Bethany Kearl

Mathematics Modules created by the Educator Leader Cadre, Ann Conaway and Cassie Harrelson 

About PARCC?

PARCC Assessment, Stephanie Boyd, PARCC Coordinator

About standards?

Reading, Writing, and Communicating Standards, Vince Puzick, Reading, Writing, and Communicating Content Specialist

Mathematics Standards, Mary Pittman, Mathematics Content Specialist

 

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