Top 3 Now for CCGPS State Tests
1. Develop Critical Thinking Skills
The Common Core GPS will be tested this year. The state DOE has indicated that the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) will include levels 2 and 3. Make sure students have many DOK 2 & 3 learning opportunities. The DOK Question Stems Chart can help to make sure the appropriate tasks and activities are planned.
2. Require Students to Justify or Show Evidence
The tests will look the same but the passages will be longer requiring endurance. Students will be asked to show evidence from the text to justify answers. Make sure that students are thinking of their responses in terms of what the text actually said by having them state the page and paragraph that support their answers.
3. Attend to Shifts in CC Math
Prepare students to have speed and accuracy with simple calculations
Prepare students to deeply understand a math concept and operate easily within the concept.
Prepare students to complete multi-step problems in context.