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10/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
Oregon State Board of Education Adopts Common Core Standards and Higher Interim Math Achievement Standards

Salem – The Oregon State Board of Education today adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which represent K-12 learning expectations for students in English-language arts and mathematics.

“Today marks an important step forward in raising expectations for our students,” said State Board of Education Chair Brenda Frank. “We know that our students will compete for jobs with students from all over the world. By adopting the Common Core we are taking an important step forward to ensure that we are providing Oregon students with the tools they need to be globally competitive."

The Common Core Standards is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Oregon became involved in the project last year when State Superintendent of Schools Susan Castillo and Governor Theodore Kulongoski signed on to the initiative along with representatives from 48 other states and two territories. The CCSS for grades K-12 were developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including content experts, higher education faculty, teachers, school administrators, and parents.

Oregon was actively involved in the Common Core drafting process. For the final draft, the Oregon Department of Education, the Educational Enterprise Steering Committee (EESC), Oregon's Education Service Districts, and several school districts partnered to create focus groups for Oregon educators to provide feedback on the K-12 draft standards. Feedback on the standards MS-Word has also been shared with the State Board of Education on a regular basis. The ODE is pleased that much of this feedback is reflected in the final Common Core Standards.

“The Common Core supports the college and career ready standards of Oregon’s new graduation requirements,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “These common standards provide a greater opportunity to share resources across states which will allow Oregon to spend more of its K-12 budget on other vital efforts to support teaching and learning in the classroom.”

Oregon joins 40 states and territories that have adopted, or indicated they will adopt, the CCSS. Click here to see a list of states.

Adoption of Higher Interim Math Achievement Standards
In a move to prepare students for the increased rigors of the new Common Core State Standards and the Oregon Diploma, the Oregon State Board of Education voted today to increase math achievement standards effective for the 2010-11 school year. The math achievement standards were reviewed by an expert panel in August as part of a three-year process to align Oregon math standards to the state testing system. Recommendations were made to increase the level of math students are expected to know in elementary and middle school to create better alignment between the lower grades and the new high school graduation requirements for math. For more information on the new math achievement standards go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?=6157.

What’s Next?
Students could begin seeing Common Core Standards as soon as the next school year (2011-12). The Common Core Standards will not entirely replace Oregon’s existing standards as many of the Common Core Standards are contained in existing Oregon content standards. A statewide panel of math educators conducted a rigorous match/gap analysis of the Common Core standards in relation to Oregon’s own recently adopted math content standards. These results were presented to the State Board and will serve as a foundation for implementation of the Common Core mathematic standards. A user-friendly crosswalk document created from the match/gap analysis will be available in November.

A draft implementation timeline was presented to the Board today as a starting point for a statewide implementation blueprint. Moving to Common Core in two content areas and replacing the statewide assessment in these subjects represents a major change for Oregon. Representatives from each level of the education enterprise will need to provide input to build a solid implementation blueprint. Following the State Board adoption of CCSS, the ODE will convene a State Implementation Team. This taskforce will use the draft implementation framework as a starting point for crafting the implementation blueprint.

It is expected that states adopting the Common Core Standards will also implement a common assessment. Along with 30 other states, Oregon is a member of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment consortium that has formed to explore common assessment options. Until a common assessment is designed, piloted, and implemented, however, ODE will continue using the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to assess students in math, reading, writing, science, and social science.

To access Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Common Core, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/common-core-state-standards-faq.doc MS-Word

For more information about the Common Core, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2860

For an audio clip of Susan Castillo, go to: http://video.orvsd.org/ode/10-28-10-Common-Core.MP3
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