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The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools are voluntarily integrating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into our rich tradition because we view the standards as being in the best interest of the children and families we serve. At this point, we are beginning the professional development and implementation of core subjects: Mathematics and ELA. The webpage is designed to provide resources to support the adoption.

Going Beyond the Core: Questions and Answers about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and the Common Core

Additionally, here is the new Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative website, as well as statements from the National Catholic Educational Association and the Superintendents of Catholic schools in the State of Illinois about the CCSS.

The CCSS 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. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

ELA Code Key
OCS Code = The benchmark code. Consists of Grade (K-8), Domain (2-3 character alpha code), Strand (1-3 character alpha code), Standard (1-9), Benchmark Number (1 or 1-1 and up), and Complexity (a, b, c).
Benchmark = The wording of the benchmark.
CCSS Code = Common Core State Standards, developed by National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers (www.corestandards.org).
CRS Strand = ACT College Readiness Standards developed by ACT, Inc. (www.act.org).
The CRS Strands are: TOD = Topic Development, OUC = Organization & Unity, WCH = Word Choice, SSF = Sentence Structure, COU = Conventions of Usage, COP = Conventions of Punctuation, MID = Main Ideas, SUP = Supporting Details, REL = Sequential/Comparative/Cause, MOW = Meaning of Words, GEN = Generalizations.

Mathematics Code Key
OCS Code = The benchmark code. Consists of Grade (K-8), Domain (2-3 character alpha code), Strand (1-3 character alpha code), Standard (1-9), Benchmark Number (1 or 1-1 and up), and Complexity (a, b, c).
Benchmark = The wording of the benchmark.
CCSS Code = Common Core State Standards, developed by National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers (www.corestandards.org).
CRS Strand = ACT College Readiness Standards developed by ACT, Inc. (www.act.org).
The CRS Strands are: BOA = Basic Operations & Applications, PSD = Probability/Statistics/Data, NCP = Numbers/Concepts/Properties, XEI = Expression/Equation & Inequality, GRE = Graphical Representations, PPF = Properties of Plane Fugures, MEA = Measurement, FUN = Functions.


  

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Benchmark Reports: These reports summarize benchmark codes and statements for a given subject and grade level. It also shows which benchmarks have been designated as “Focus” which are directly aligned to the TerraNova test. 

English/Language Arts Benchmark Reports
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Mathematics Benchmark Reports
Kindergarten Download Excel Download PDF
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Science Benchmark Reports
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Complexity Reports: These reports summarize benchmark codes, benchmark statements, Common Core (CCSS) standards, and ACT College Readiness Strands (CRS) for a given subject and grade level, organizing the benchmarks by Complexity. There are three sections to the report, one for each level of complexity.

English/Language Arts Complexity Reports
Kindergarten Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 1 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 2 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 3 Download Excel Download PDF
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Mathematics Complexity Reports
Kindergarten Download Excel Download PDF
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Sequence Reports: These reports lists all benchmarks by Trimesters or Quarters, with a series of fields that can be used as a checklist for each benchmark.

English/Language Arts Sequence Reports
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Grade 1 Download Trimester Excel Download Trimester PDF Download Quarter Excel Download Quarter PDF
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Mathematics Sequence Reports
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Examples Reports: These reports summarize benchmark status (focus and supporting), benchmark codes, benchmark statements, examples/notes, Common Core (CCSS) standards, and ACT College Readiness Strands (CRS) mappings for a given subject and grade level.

English/Language Arts Examples Reports
Kindergarten Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 1 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 2 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 3 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 4 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 5 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 6 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 7 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 8 Download Excel Download PDF

 

Mathematics Examples Reports
Kindergarten Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 1 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 2 Download Excel Download PDF
Grade 3 Download Excel Download PDF
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Grade 6 Download Excel Download PDF
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Grade 8 Download Excel Download PDF

 

 

  

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 ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCES

Coming to Terms with the CC in K-12 download ppt
Planning Close Reading view pdf
Text-Shift #4: Text Dependent Q&A / Close Reading (OCS) download ppt
Disciplinary Literacy-Shift #2 (OCS) download ppt
What it Means to Teach Disciplinary Literacy (Tim Shanahan UIC) download ppt
Defining "Deep Reading" and "Text-Dependent Questions" turnonyourbrain.wordpress.com
A Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions for Close Analytic Reading view article
The Complex Matter of Text Complexity (Harvard Education Letter) http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/544
Reading in the Disciplines: the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy (Carnegie Corporation) view article
Planning Close Reading (Tim Shanahan UIC) view pdf
Blog: Shanahan on Literacy http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/
Lexile Range: Find a Book http://lexile.com/fab/
Lexile Analyzer http://lexile.com/analyzer/
Save the Last Word (discussion activity) view document
GreenFlags/RedFlags: CCSS Implementation/Evidence Walk 4 of 6 templates on shifts. One, Two, Three, Four
The Golden Touch (adaptation of the King Midas story) view story
Appendix A: CCSS-Text Complexity corestandards.org/assests
Appendix B: CCSS-Exemplar Texts by Grade Level corestandards.org/assets

MATHETMATICS RESOURCES

Dan Myers TED talk watch video
What does it mean to Know Algebra view document

Common Core State Standards

English Language Arts Standards Mathematics Standards
Achieve the Core http://www.achievethecore.org/
PARCC Official Website http://www.parcconline.org/