The Core

End of Second Quarter

Common Assessments

Just a reminder, although the Common Assessments are due in January, please be sure to email Lynne and Min when each grade level completes their data record sheet.


Wonders: ConnectEd Updates

  • Collaborative Conversation videos – video of a teacher modeling collaborative conversations in the classroom
  • More language options for school-to-home letters
  • Audio recording and playback feature – students can record and submit oral reading samples for fluency evaluation
  • New author videos – Dr. Doug Fisher and Dr. Tim Shanahan created additional Professional Development videos

Standards Alignment Guide from Wonders

These documents show the standards alignment of what is taught each week in each unit (

SpringBoard: Professional Development

Learning Walks December 3,4,7 and 8 (school-specific schedules have been created and confirmed). Debrief tools will be disseminated to leadership teams, and I will follow-up to address next steps and supports identified for each school.

Digital Updates

  • Leadership Video Series: provides coaching support to instructional leaders implementing SpringBoard. The videos can be accessed on-demand via the SpringBoard Community (on the Instructional Leadership Tab). Along with the video, is a one-pager that summarizes the video and provides additional resources.
  • End of Unit Assessment (EOU): EOU Assessments have been updated for Units 1-4. These are accessed through the SpringBoard Digital and are available online and can be printed. The EOU Assessments have tech-enhanced item types that appear on the SBA. 80% are multiple choice items and 20% are other item types that require manual scoring.
  • Lesson Planner: Coming soon! The learning targets, standards, and strategies will automatically populate within the lesson planner.
  • Turnitin Revision Assistant: This is the pilot year for this function and SpringBoard is seeking feedback and will continue building out the functionality throughout the year. A user guide is available on the SpringBoard Community under ELA News. This is meant to be used as a support for students during the revision process – not for grading purposes.
  • Audio Files: Audio files are available for Unit 1 passages so that students can listen to performed readings of the text as they read along. This can be used to support rereading during close reading, to foster persistence when reading complex texts, and as a scaffold support for students. SpringBoard is working on adding the subsequent units over the next few months.


Tech tip for this month...

The tech tip for this month is using Smore (see ad below) to create flyers, or even monthy newsletters like this one.

Resources and Suggestions from the Math Common Assessments

The following link ( resources, strategies, and suggestions from teachers in assisting with teaching their students in preparation for the first round of common assessments.

Math Letters Home

For Kindergarten through grade 8, the curricula have letters that teachers can send home that gives an overview of the module in Stepping Stones and unit in Go Math. In Stepping Stones the breadcrumbs to find the letter to home will be: start >> grade >> module >> mathematics >> letter to home, resource stack. In Go Math, the letters home are in one document in the Teacher Edition and Resources just beneath the Spanish Resources.

Stepping Stones Resources by Wesley Yuu

Wes Yuu, former math state specialist, has created resources to go along with Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones ELL Training

Training for teachers of ELL students occurred on December 10th at Ho'okele Elementary School. The training was facilitated by our own former Data Teams & Formative Instruction CAST member, Julie Lum. During this training, she shared Thinking Frameworks and scenarios for Corrective Feedback. The attached link is a folder that contains the documents that were shared,

HIDOE CCSS Algebra Curricula

Both the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 third quarter curricula are now posted in the folders named: "*SY15 - 16 Alg 1 Q3" and "*SY 15 - 16 Alg 2 Q3" respectively.

Smarter Balanced Assessments

All Interims Available to All Students Except High Schoolers

Students in grades up to grade 8 are able to access all lower grade-level Interim assessments. All high school students are able to access the grade 11 interims only.

End-of-Course Exams for Algebra 1 and Algebra 2

This school year, the EOC exams for both Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 are not mandatory. If schools choose to administer these exams, they can compare their students' score and competencies to others around the state.

SBA Training for New Test Coordinators

Who: New Test Coordinators (Principals, experienced test coordinators, and CA staff may attend on a space-available basis)

What: Familiarization with guidelines, test security, accessibility & accountability, interims, procedures, test sessions, requirements, and reporting.

When: February 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: McKinley Community School for Adults

Why: Training to cover materials shared at the January 2015 Hawaii Statewide Assessment Program Training

More information at the following link:

SBA Checklists

At last December's CK Principal meeting we shared some Smarter Balanced Assessments School Role Group Checklists. The following link ( is for those of you who found the checklists useful.