NCMSA12 Opening Keynote with Bill Daggett

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MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS

Jodie Weatherman, Ken McEwin and John Harrison recognizing new Schools to Watch for 2012:

North Lincoln Middle School

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North Lincoln Middle School STW

Preparing for the Challenges and Opportunities of the CCSS: Next Steps
Rigor/Relevance Framework
Model Schools Conference

Cautions audience he’s “never politically correct…he says whats on his mind”
Sick and tired of media and politicians beating up on public education…believes hands down American public education system is the best in the world…but we don’t have high standards
Which children do we educate? ALL…and as soon as you decide that the dynamics change
His fourth child: Audrey has autism and severe epillepsy…thankful for all the Special Education professionals
Son Paul was hit by a drunk driver at age 11, developed severe CP, but graduated high school, college, and has a graduate degree…No where else in the world could this happen
We’ve been talking about school reform forever in this country…1983 A Nation at Risk…in two decades Japan went from junk to world class…1990, no one was talking about India, today they are second largest economic competitor.
Direct link between educational attainment and economic success…what is happening educationally in the world’s five fastest growing economies?
1) Vietnam
2) Argentina
3) Brazil
4) Indonesia
5) Panama (will not surpass US in next few years, but will come close)

Major changes due to CCSS
Fewer Standards (take something off the plate before you put anything else on)
Higher Standards (no state in US has done more to raise standards than NC)
Application Based Assessments…this is what’s gonna get you

Point of Departure is the New Tests
Application Model of Assessment
1. Knowledge in one discipline
2. Application within discipline
3. Application ACROSS disciplines
4. Applications to real world predictable situations
5. Application to real-world unpredictable situations…very few are getting to levels four and five…most tests are on level 1 and 2

Point of Reference, he is CEO of company that created Rigor/Relevance Framework…this is the Framework of the Next Generation Assessments
Five year study with CCSSO and Gates Foundation (HERE WE GO…BILL GATES RISES AGAIN…HMMM) Tried to find nations most RAPIDLY IMPROVING SCHOOLS…not highest performing, most improvement. Found those schools offering more rigorous, yet still relevant course of study.

Points out that CCSS are not a federal mandate, came from a collaborative of states and governors
Schools did something far more fundamentally different than new standards…that enabled them to assess students differently…
Middle Schools across this country are NOT doing this
School improvement in America is not keeping pace with the changing word…change 4 to 5 times faster outside schools than inside
Model Schools Conference brings together the schools that are changing on a trajectory to outpace world change…nation’s most rapidly changing middle schools, bring them in for four days and tell their stories…
Every school has it’s own DNA…there is not national formula, but there are some common threads

Giving away two free registrations to the Model Schools Conference…you need to see how these schools are organizing and delivering instruction WOULD LOVE TO GO TO THIS…PROBABLY WON’T HAPPEN BUT DEFINITELY INTERESTED

So much stuff on teachers plates that kids are coming to school to watch the teacher work

Three stages
Why do we need to improve schools (not because of new requirements like Common Core or NGA…need to change because world has changed)
No one thinks they are the problem when talking school reform…teachers, parents, governors, corporate America…we have to convince folks that change is necessary
Changing Landscape…Technology, Globalization, Financials, Demographics…can’t figure out the WHAT until we understand the WHY
Reason kids are failing MATH test is because of the reading connection…How many math teachers spend 20% of the time reading?
High School Textbooks are written at a higher level than High School English Literature…ELA has lowest reading requirements of all high school disciplines…science is consistently second, math is third, Career and Tech Education has the highest reading requirements (reading instruction manuals) of all high school courses, followed by science, math…
College, Military, Personal Use, and Entry Level Occupations have higher reading requirements than High School Literature…
NC has focused on Higher Education as a measure of success…you can drop out of high school and find hundreds of schools that will take you, but you’ll have a hard time finding a job
SAT, ACT and AP have lower requirements than College, Military, Personal Use and Entry Level Occupations
Scary question…if you lost your job in public education…where would you go for a job? How transferrable are your skills? QUESTION NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT…MOST TEACHERS ARE THE ONES WHO WERE GOOD AT PLAYING THE SCHOOL GAME AND ENJOYED IT…WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO HAVE OUR OWN TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS TO TEACH KIDS WHO NEED THEM

The one place Rip Van Winkel would be comfortable in America is in schools…they look more like 1990 than anything else…
Mississippi and Georgia had highest “proficiency” in 2005…in 2009, bottom…NC fell 13% because we raised the test to improve standards…NC had 3rd lowest proficiency requirements in the nation in 2005…NC raised standards for 2009, but that dropped our proficiency rate…getting close to the next bar raising time…

Math standards by national comparison are drastically lower…Massachuesetts has a higher NAEP score requirement for 4th grade Math than NC does for 8th Grade Math…
A – Low Level Knowledge with little Application…where most of our tests are
B – Low Level knowledge but High Application…elementary schools, early
C – High level knowledge but little Application…college prep
D – High level knowledge, with high application…where we need to be

CCSS are application based…relevance makes rigor possible…calculate % of advertisements in a newspaper, identify parallel and perp. lines around school

More jobs are Non-Routine than Routine (rules driven, problem solving, flow charts)…Non-Routine is decision making…you can’t flow chart it…hunches and intuition, results driven, more innovation and creativity, cannot write an algorithm or digitize a non routine job…

It’s not on the test song video

Sharing 8th grade test question about heating bill, making a one page pamphlet that a contractor can place on their website to explain the complexity of comparing heating bills

How Do You Put this All Together? Session later today…
Dept Chairs
Looping
9th Grade Electives
Internalizing Technology

Next Navigator…road map comparing State Standards to State Test and compares to Rigor/Relevance Framework…NESS Study Subgroup Rankings…state standard, not testing, not needed? Dont teach it…line up side by side current State Test Question with NGA questions…

HEAVY HITTER EARLY ON…LOTS TO CHEW ON AND THINK ABOUT…NEED SOME TIME TO DIGEST…BUT DON’T KNOW IF I’LL GET IT FOR A WHILE…THOUGHTS?

NCMSA2012 and Blogging from an Asus Transformer

Hi folks, I’ll be blogging a few sessions from the NCMSA conference this year, but mostly working in the Tech Sandbox. When I am able to get out and go to sessions I’ll be blogging using an Asus Transformer Tablet/Dock combo. I like it fairly well so far. The keys on the dock are a little bit “marshmallowy” in that there is a lot of give before letters actually type, but having the keyboard as an option is nice. The 16 hours of total battery time will be nice as well. We’ll see how it holds up in the real world.

More to come soon!