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New standards update
Kathy House
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Standards Update:

Attached you will find the critical fact sheet that outlines the process for revision of standards and when the new standards go into effect.  We will begin to engage in some in-depth dialogue about the changes and what they mean as we plan for next year.  The revised standards have already been forwarded to our partners at Summit Learning as they begin the review process for curriculum for the 19-20 school year. 

I participated in a training that was offered by KDE that was extremely beneficial and they will be rolling out a new web page to support districts, schools, and teachers as they begin implementation of the new standards.  As soon as it is completed I will forward that information on to you.  Much of the work we will engage in during the work days leading up to the start of next school year, as well as the embedded PD days in the calendar will be utilize to ensure that our curriculum is vertically and horizontally aligned with the new standards for reading/writing/math. 

There do not appear to be massive changes in content.  They are more in the structure and presentation of the document to make it more user friendly.  It will enable teachers to more clearly see what content has come before the standard they are teaching as well as what comes next which will make it much easier to differentiate to meet students where they are. 

The biggest change for ELA is the inclusion of interdisciplinary literacy practices that serve the same purpose as the mathematical practices. These ten foundational practices are fundamental to fostering an environment that goes beyond teaching and learning isolated skills. This literacy-rich environment focuses on the larger vision and objective of empowering independent, life-long learners who think deeply and critically about text. The practices should not be confused as additional standards, but they should guide teachers in providing intentional opportunities for students to practice the behaviors of a literate citizen.

I will be setting up at time to come around to each school during a faculty meeting to introduce this work, as well as joining math and ELA PLC’s to begin unpacking the standards and highlighting what is new.  I will not be sending out a copy until that time as it is very easy to get lost in the weeds without guidance.

 Also you will see on the fact sheet that SS standards are due to be approved in June.  As soon as I hear official word I will communicate more about these.