*Arizonas College and Career Ready Standards
WHAT ARE ACADEMIC STANDARDS?
Standards are what students need to learn in each grade and subject area in school. We measure student success through the mastery of standards.
Previously, states set their own, unique standards and some were far more rigorous than others.*
OUR NATIONAL EDUCATION CHALLENGEHow we rank globally According to the PIRC (Program for International Student Assessment):
30th in Math23rd in Science17th in Reading
Can we compete with the global market?
OUR STATE EDUCATION CHALLENGE*Only 35% of graduating seniors took the ACT. Of them, only 20% were considered college-ready.
Arizonas average ACT score was lower than every single state except Mississippi.
Our own test AIMS says 76% of 4th graders can read on grade level. The NAEP, the most reliable test in the country, says that only 26% can.
New Standards: A possible Solution*
WHY THESE NEW STANDARDS?RigorThe new state standards will be on the same level as other top countries so our students will be prepared to compete globally.
ConsistencyChildren who move state to state will not be drastically behind and a child, regardless of his or her neighborhood, will be taught a challenging curriculum.
ComparabilityWe will no longer be comparing apples-to-oranges when assessing performance.
WHO CREATED THE NEW STANDARDS?*TeachersEducation expertsBusiness leadersGovernorsState Superintendents
OLD STANDARDS VS. NEW STANDARDSHUNDREDS of standards to coverTested questions focused on identify and define (Who, What) and impressions of the student. Multiple choice.Majority of readings were from fiction textsLittle emphasis on academic languageCovered too many standards in math without a sound baseStandards did not coherently build from grade to gradeLower expectations
Fewer standards, more depth.Tested questions focus on analyzing and synthesizing (Why, How) and evidence from the text. More written answers.More readings from informational textsFocus on creating fluency in academic languageEmphasis on mathematic fundamentalsLinkages across gradesHigh level of rigor
2010AZ State Board of Education adopted the standards2011-2012Kindergarten is fully implemented; other grades are transitional2012-2013 Grades K-3 and 8th and 9th are fully implemented; other grades are transitional
2013-2014All grades are following Arizonas College and Career Ready Standards2014-2015New assessments that will measure learning under the College and Career Ready Standards replace the current AIMS tests in math and English/language arts
New Standards: A Timeline
EXAMPLE OF COLLEGE AND CAREER READY WORK: 5TH GRADE MATH*Learning Volume:Old way Teachers give students steps to take and the students practice on a worksheet or in the book.
New way Students have to calculate how to build a pool in order to hold a certain amount of water and then construct a model of the pool in groups that can hold that volume of water without leaking.
Length x Width x Height=
*The right kind of challengeArizonas College and Career Ready Standards will be more challenging, butOur current academic standards are not preparing students for college or the workforce.
Most new, living-wage jobs will require some form of post-secondary training.
Our students deserve the opportunity to thrive academically and economically.We must prepare them better. This is our opportunity.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:*
Please visit www.Stand.org/az/ccor send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask: Why are standards important? *Ask: What does this say about our ability to compete in the global market? What does it mean if we cannot?*