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OC CCSS Assessment for Principals

This website will help you learn how the use of technology has supported principals in conversations about Next Generation Assessments (Smarter Balanced Assessment) and refining current assessment practice to align with the expectations of 21st Century skills and Common Core State Standards "Habits of Mind."


K-8 California CCSS Parent Handbook

Developed by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), this handbook is designed to provided parents an overview and support to better understand the Common Core State Standards.


Common Core - engageNY

Great resources relating to the Common Core State Standards put together by engageNY. Resources include a toolkit, videos, exemplar assignments, professional development and more. There are resources for teachers, administrators, IT staff and other stakeholders. The site focuses on New York educators, but many are applicable to all states implementing the CCSS.


Learn Zillion

Learn Zillion is a website with more than 2000 high quality, teacher-created videos that are aligned to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This would be a great site for those looking to create a blended learning model. Teachers can set up classes and recommend specific videos for students. Start with the Learn Zillion welcome video for more information on how to use. It also has resources for parents who want to support their students.


Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

The Hunt Institute is leading the movement to transform American education. The institute supports state and national policymakers to drive educational reform. This resource is a link to a series of videos about the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Implementing Online Assessments

This site is part of, an online community of practice created by SETDA to help states and districts prepare for online assessments. Whether your school or districts preparing for PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments, this site provides case studies, expertise in infrastructure, determining needs, communicating to stakeholders and much more!


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Minimum Tech Requirements

The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing computers will support the administration of the assessment system in the 2014-15 school year that will evaluate students' mastery on the Common Core State Standards.


The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an innovative approach to high school reform, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Both the CCSS and Linked Learning seek to prepare students for college and career by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school. Practitioners, administrators, parents, policymakers, and others can use this brief to discover strategic approaches for combining the CCSS and Linked Learning to design high-quality, relevant, 21st century instruction for all students. Resources also provided.


Grade K-6 Technology Skills Matrix

This matrix shows what what students should be introduced to, practice, and/or master in each grade level from kindergarten to 6th grade. From general computer operation skills, to multimedia creation and desktop publishing, 11 different topic areas are included. This can be used to get a sense of what skills are needed for students to be successful on SBAC or PARCC.


CalMAPP/SBAC/PARCC Preparation Checklist

This resources provides administrators resources in implmentation and administration of the next generation, Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). While emphasis is placed on California’s CalMAPP/SBAC assessments, this document's resources are relevant to all CAT programs. Though this list is not exhaustive, it should provide school and district administrators with a foundational list in order to start the planning process toward the implementation of the field test.


CAASPP Technology Readiness

This CAASPP Technology Resources Web Site is designed to build upon and expand on resources provided by the California Department of Education and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and provide a more targeted approach for different types of users. The key focus is on finding reviewed resources that support LEA technology readiness in preparation for computer adaptive testing in California and beyond.


Google Forms Template: SBAC/PARCC Teacher Reflection Survey

Use this Google Form to quickly obtain feedback once you have completed student testing. You can view the results by simply clicking on the “Form” menu and selecting “Show summary of responses.” The data can be used to assist your site or district’s next steps in preparing staff and students for future assessments.



Here is a collection of resources to assist school site administrators start to prepare for the administration of next generation Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). While emphasis is placed on California’s CAASPP (formerly CalMAPP)/SBAC assessments, this document is relevant to all CAT programs. Though this list is not exhaustive, it should provide school and district administrators with a foundation in order to start the planning process toward the implementation of the field test.


Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool (TRT)

This online survey collects information on the amount and type of technology in California public schools. You'll need to update information annually, and you may want to do so more often and use this tool to track the status of your technology. You can log on, update information, and download reports at any time.


Common Core Standards Plus

If you want to translate improvement plans into concrete actions that sustain continuous academic growth, Common Core Standards Plus has a product that will assist classroom teachers in reinforcing core curriculum to close the achievement gap for all students.


Parents' Guide to Student Success

The Parents' Guide to Student Success (provided in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The guide includes key items that students be learning in each grade, activities the parents can do from home, methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with teachers and tips for planning for college and high school. Great guide to provide to your community.


11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

According to the Standards, teachers must teach and students must learn using relevant technology that students will need to succeed beyond high school. Catilin Tucker, a well known educator and blogger, provides several effective and free technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Great resources to share with your teachers.


Common Core State Standards Initiative

Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. This is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.


Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Calculator

Worried about testing students in a specific amount of time?This calculator estimates the number of days and associated network bandwidth required to administer English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments given the number of students, number of computers, and number of hours per day computers are available for testing at a specific school. The estimates are displayed at the bottom of the screen below the buttons.


Students Using Technology in a Common Core Age

This presentation from Dennis Deets at the Leadership 3.0 Symposium is designed to give administrators an overview of the role educational technology will play in the California Common Core Standards (CCCS). Topics covered include: CCCS student learning expectations relevant to web based research and publication, CCCS assessment needs and student internet access, and in smaller part, various other topics from disruptive innovation to open-access as they pertain to CCCS. This presentation will help district leaders build an educational technology vision that is grounded on student learning in a time of CCCS.


Common Core State Standards - ELA Standards (Technology-specific Standards)

This document was produced as a collaborative between the Kings County Office of Education and the Fresno County Office of Education. The information simply pulls out the technology-specific standards that are addressed in ELA.


Teaching Channel

eaching Channel is a video showcase -- on the Internet and TV -- of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools. Videos are searchable and divided into content areas. Many videos are provided emphasizing the Common Core State Standards.


Smarter Balanced - ELA assessments

This is the link to the sample online assessments on the Smarter Balanced website. Bookmark this site for sample tasks in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and performance tasks.


We've Started, Now What? Leading Phase Two Common Core Implementation

The Common Core State Standards and associated shifts have been introduced. Now what? This archived ASCD Webinar will identify useful tools and strategies for going deeper with the standards using easily available resources for administrators and teacher leaders to use in planning, implementing, and monitoring the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/ literacy and mathematics. Web page has downloadable slides and handout packet. One-hour in length.


Smarter Balanced - Math assessments

This is the link to the sample online assessments on the Smarter Balanced website. Bookmark this site for sample tasks for upper elementary, middle grades, and high school.


Quick Takes: Creating ePortfolios Using Google Sites

Assessment of mastery of the Common Core State Standards relies at least in part on student portfolios. In addition, there is a growing expectation that adults will develop and maintain professional portfolios in addition to, or in lieu of, a resume. This Quick Take focuses on Google Sites, a simple tool that educators can use to create ePortfolios. This 5-minute Quick Take addresses three questions: “What are Google Sites?,” “How do Google Sites support ePortfolios?” and, “Where can I learn more?”


Common Core Implementation Checklist for Principals

Developed by NAESP, use the checklist to determine areas where you have made progress toward Common Core implementation as well as areas to focus on as you move forward.


Common Core - What every administrator needs to know

What does every administrator need to know about Common Core State Standards? For its forum at the 2013 conference, ISTE’s special interest group for administrators (SIGAdmin) invited selected members to answer that question is a concise “Ignite-style” presentation. In each of these 5 to 10 minute videos an educational leader shares his or her experience and advice.


Common Core Connect

Common Core Connect is a project of Tulare County Office of Education, designed to hold an ever-growing repository of Common Core related online multimedia resources. Common Core Connect multimedia can be found using their simple search form, or via their advanced search tool, which allows you to search by standard, keyword, grade level, content area and more. Resource types include websites, video content, and document types such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF.



ClassGather (formerly ECOVE) is a teacher evaluation and walk-through tool. It is available as an IPAD app that syncs with your laptop or desktop and produces reports and graphs about single or multiple observations over time. Observation tools are customizable and there are tools based on state teaching standards. Ecove can be used to customize walk-through tools based on the common core. This tool is available for a free 30 day trial and may be purchased after the trial period.



Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students to study. Resources include website, primary source documents, models, simulations, and more. The resources are aligned to Common Core State Standards.


Common Core & Ed Tech

This blog site created by educators provides practical, proven tools to engage students in technology while meeting Common Core Standards. Resources include tools, student examples, and more!


Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

The work of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) is the inspiration for the implicit curriculum David Reilly discusses in his Radio TICAL interview (January 2014) on technology's role in the convergence of common core, implicit curriculum, and trans-modernist pedagogy. One of the QISA products, the My Aspirations Action Plan, is a technology based student portfolio that includes "progressive gaming" and interactive elements.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

In his Radio TICAL interview (January 2014), David Reilly envisions common core standards, an implicit curriculum, new "trans-modernist" pedagogy, and technology converging to engage students deeply and more meaningfully in learning than ever before. Reilly's vision brings to mind Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work on the concept of "flow." In this TED Talks video, Csikszentmihalyi explains the concept and how he came to discover it.


On the Cusp of a New Convergence

In this January 2014 episode of Radio TICAL, David Reilly describes a new convergence he already sees unfolding his his district. The key ingredients? New technology, common core standards, implicit curriculum, and a new, "trans-modern" pedagogy that puts the student center stage and casts the rest of us in supporting roles.


Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Technology Recommendations

Use this to document to assist your district in developing goals relating to innovation and technology focusing on 21st Century learning outcomes for students and other stakeholders. The document lists separate Goals, Actions, Technology Recommendations, and TICAL Resources in each of the eight priority areas. This document can assist you in developing goals that insure digital access, communication, and curricula. The TICAL Cadre assisted in these recommendations to insure relevant and thoughtful considerations for digital-age learning and Common Core implications.


Google Forms Template: SBAC/CAASPP Debrief Survey

Use these Google Form Templates developed at the San Mateo County Office of Education with support from the CISC Online Learning Collaborative Subcommittee (OLCS)as an option to access data from the relevant stakeholders including students, teachers/test administrators, and administrators. These templates can be used county/region-wide or just in a district or site. Questions relating to testing environment, preparation, and devices are all included.


9 free apps for Common Core scaffolding

Share these free apps with teachers on your staff who are looking for ways to support students at different levels as they become more familiar with teaching to the common core state standards.


Free Software for STEAM Projects | Design the Future

Autodesk’s Design the Future program empowers educators to help students develop a lifelong love for STEAM/STEM subjects with resources developed by educators, for educators. Get started today to introduce your students to the world of design and help students prepare for successful careers! Site includes curricula, software, and more aligned to CCSS, ISTE Standards, and more. Access great MakerSpace resources.



Create engaging Common Core aligned formative assessments with interactive technology-enhanced Items and thousands of high-quality questions for free! Over 28 Question-types to choose. Share your assessments with teachers and students. Great formative assessments.


Strategies for Managing Digital Resources: Simple Tools for Curating Content

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Susan Brooks-Young. Finding digital resources is easy. Managing them can be another story. Busy educators need easy-to-use online tools they can use to collect, organize, and share resources with colleagues, students, parents, and members of the community. This is particularly true as educators seek to reorganize resources around the CCSS. Attend this 45-minute webinar to learn about content curation and tools you can use immediately to get better organized.


A Reflection from SBAC Field Testing

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Tim Landeck, and Harendra Goonetilleke. Hear from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Director of Technology Services and other technology team members about this year’s SBAC Field Test - what worked and what were the challenges for this district of 20,000 students. The district performed testing on a variety of devices including Chromebooks and PCs. They will share some testimonials from students, teachers, and site administrators relating to the entire process from student accounts, device management and setup, and cycling students through the testing window. Learn from their trials and tribulations and interact with others to share your experiences to help smooth out the SBAC experience the next time around!


Mobile Technology and the Common Core—Strategies for Addressing ELA Standards

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Susan Brooks-Young. As a school administrator, you know that professional development is a critical piece in successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Your teachers have access to mobile technologies like tablets and laptops. How can you leverage this access to help teachers implement ELA standards in your school or district? This 45-minute webinar offers an overview of a professional development program in Arkansas where teachers of grades K-8 are using multiple mobile technologies and free or low-cost apps and web-based tools to address ELA standards through student-created e-books and screencasting.


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