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Torlakson Announces New Online Tools for Educators

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces New Online Tools for Educators SACRAMENTO—Educators across California, from those who work with the state’s youngest learners to those in high school classrooms, can use several free online professional development tools created by the California Department of Education (CDE), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today. The CDE is continuing to develop these resources as the state asks its educators to re-emphasize college and career readiness for their students. A series of Professional Learning Modules (PLMs), for example, is designed to help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards. Each of the 13 modules focuses …

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College Board Partners Wow the Crowd at Leadership Events

 College Board presenters Douglas Waugh, David Jones, and Ana Galindo Shapiro. This fall we were honored to have College Board, a California GEAR UP strategic partner, provide demonstration lessons at all of our Principal and Leadership Team events that took place across the state. These events focus on the use of our SSAR (school self assessment rubric) to look at school-wide perceptions and provides opportunities to learn about successes and challenges from other school teams. With the looming implementation of Common Core State Standards, schools have requested additional information and support, to which we responded with the College Board CCSS Demonstration Lesson. One …

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Teacher Trainings Kick Off California’s Common Core Summer

SACRAMENTO—With the state budget setting aside $1.25 billion to implement new standards in California’s public schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson kicked off California’s Common Core Summer with a daylong seminar to help teachers instill deeper learning of mathematics in their students. “For teachers, this is California’s Common Core Summer. They’ve just finished their own school year, but they’re already back in class—because they see the opportunity Common Core presents to prepare students for a successful future,” Torlakson said. “They’re setting aside the one-size-fits all curriculum, recycling the `drill and kill’ worksheets, and dumping the multiple choice `bubble …

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Early Look At Smarter Balanced Assessments Now Online

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson encouraged students, educators, and parents to try out the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests launched today to familiarize themselves and the public with the new generation of computer-based assessments students will take starting in the 2014-15 school year. Just approved today, Assembly Bill 484 would limit the use of outdated Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system tests for the 2013-14 school year and begin statewide use of new assessments aligned to California’s Common Core State Standards in 2014-15. The bill is based on recommendations for transitioning California to a future assessment system. “These practice tests give …

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Jefe estatal de escuelas anuncia versión en español de Common Core

  SACRAMENTO—A medida que California se dirige hacia la implementación plena de las normas estatales Common Core, un esfuerzo por separado para traducir los estándares del estudio del idioma inglés al español ya ha sido completado, el Superintendente Estatal de Instrucción Pública Tom Torlakson anunció hoy. “Common Core en Español” es un esfuerzo conjunto de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego, el Consejo de Jefes Estatales de Educación (CCSSO) y el Departamento de Educación de California (CDE). “En esencia, Common Core consiste en garantizar que todos los niños, sin importar de dónde sean ni dónde vivan, reciban …

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California Adopts Math Standards with Local Decision Making

  SACRAMENTO—The State Board of Education yesterday voted to modify the California Additions to the adopted Common Core State Standards for Mathematics(CCSSM). The Board’s action will help the state continue its progress toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, and provides options for accelerating to higher mathematics in middle school while maintaining the requirement that all students pass Algebra I before graduating from high school. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who was required under Senate Bill 1200 to propose modifications that include basing Algebra I on the Common Core State Standards, praised the Board’s action. “The Common Core—and common …

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