This year Washoe County is full Common Core for Mathematics. Teachers in grades K-8, Algebra 1 and Geometry are to teach to the Common Core for their grade level. We realize that students will have gaps in understanding and may need scaffolding to support conceptual development; yet we do not support a philosophy of only teaching to the gaps. Such an approach may create further gaps and significantly impair student achievement. Teachers may want to consider focusing intervention time on addressing concerns around number (this includes fractions in the intermediate grades).
The following information may be helpful when working with schools and teachers:
***Any documents from the State of Nevada regarding the CRT assessment dated prior to 2011 should be destroyed and thrown out. These include the item specification documents, these documents are too limiting and are no longer used by the State. Old "Instructional Materials" may be used for reference to DOK levels but do not currently reflect the nature or span of the CCSS that will be included on the 2013 CRT assessment. Matrix documents showing items, number and percents are no longer being published by the State, thus are irrelevant and should be destroyed.
* K-5 pacing timelines include "expanded unit days" these include built-in time for teachers to help further develop areas that may need more support due to missed instructional opportunities or limited resources in the curricular materials provided by the district.
* K-5 Everyday Mathematics Common Core documents include 2013 testing considerations. For example, in grade 5 there are a few "old Nevada State data standards" that are not included in CCSS-M yet may still be assessed. Lessons within Everyday Mathematics were maintained that address these understandings and notes made within the documents to bring this to teachers attention.
* Grade 6-8 course guides are designed to address topics within a unit of study. All CCSS-M content is considered in the guides. Teachers are expected to use both their Holt and On Core resources to meet the needs of their students and course guides. This includes CCSS-M Statistics in grade 6, which are listed as being assessed on the 2013 CRT.
* The C&I department have many professional development opportunities for teachers currently posted on solutionwhere including 2-hour eSuite experiences, 3-hour courses on how to better use Everyday Math when teaching towards the Common Core, 8-hour (.5 credit) courses assisting teachers in understanding conceptual development and better use of Everyday Mathematics when teaching to the Common Core.
* For grade 6-8 teachers there is currently one course posted for expressions and equations. In January, 2-hour PD opportunities will be posted for grade 6 statistics, grade 7 probability, and grade 8 Functions. Additionally, curriculum work is being done for grades 6-8 and high school courses. Teachers should contact the CL/DL/IL if they are interested in this curriculum work.
Please feel to contact Vicki Collaro or Denise Trakas with questions regarding interpretations of the standards or assessment particulars.
Thank you for your hard work! We appreciate your support as we deliver a clear and consistent message to teachers, administrators, and parents.