In June 2012, Wyoming adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as its newest standards in English/Language Arts and Math, under the name “Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.” No amendments were made to the original Common Core State Standards. This page contains resources for teachers, district administrators, and students and their families, relating to Wyoming’s Common Core implementation process. Because the WDE is constantly working to better serve the needs of our schools, this page will be updated frequently. Please check back regularly for updates.
Common Core State Standards
This section contains links to the CCSS documents adopted in June 2012 as the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
- Common Core State Standards Website
- Wyoming Content and Performance Standards: Mathematics (PDF)
- Wyoming Content and Performance Standards: Mathematics, Appendix A (PDF)
- Wyoming Content and Performance Standards: ELA (PDF)
- Wyoming Content and Performance Standards: ELA, Appendix A (Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects) (PDF)
- Wyoming Content and Performance Standards: ELA, Appendix B (Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects) (PDF)
- Wyoming Content and Performance Standards: ELA, Appendix C (Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects) (PDF)
- Resources for the Common Core State Standards
Teacher CCSS Resources
This section contains links, documents, and videos for teachers to guide their understanding and implementation of the CCSS in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
- CCSS Math Standards: How They Were Developed and Who Was Involved
- ELA Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence
- Teaching Channel – Houses many short videos of lessons being taught in the classroom and can be broken out by subject;
- Depth of Knowledge
- CCSS Video from TeachingChannel.org
- A Literacy Program Success Story – Brockton High School, Massachusetts effectively implements a literacy program to make a difference.
- The Hunt Institute YouTube Channel
- EngageNY Common Core Video Series
CCSS Online Resources
- http://www.corestandards.org – Math & ELA Standards can be viewed by grade, math domain, or ELA anchor standards. Resources also include the glossary and appendix(ces) for each content area.
- http://www.corestandards.org/resources – Publishers’ Criteria
In joint partnership, Achieve, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards. The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS; each tool in the Toolkit supports the expectations in the CCSS and derives from the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards.
- http://achievethecore.org – Helps to better understand the shifts in practice for ELA/Literacy and math. (*You can subscribe to the E-mail Newsletter and/or follow on Twitter to stay current on information and tools.)
- http://learnzillion.com – LearnZillion helps you find thousands of high-quality Common Core resources created by a national community of top teachers.
Assessing the CCSS
- http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ – SBAC Practice Tests – View sample items similar to those on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. You can take a practice test in any grade for math and/or ELA. This can be beneficial to better understand the shift in the depth and type of items being assessed around the CCSS.
Online PD & Trainings
- http://www.mooc-ed.org/ – The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC-Ed) site offers free professional development—part of an outreach component of a National Science Foundation project—that promotes interpretation of the Common Core State Standards through learning trajectories.
CCSS – Math Resources
- http://www.illustrativemathematics.org – Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.
- http://ime.math.arizona.edu/progressions – This site houses the Math Progressions Documents for K-12. The CCSS-M were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children’s cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. They can explain why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and pedagogical solutions, and give more detail on particularly knotty areas of the mathematics. This would be useful in teacher preparation, professional development, and in organizing curriculum.
- http://www.turnonccmath.net – A new learning trajectory resource to support interpretation of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. The GISMO mathematics education research team, at NC State University’s Friday Institute, has developed 18 Learning Trajectories with descriptors that unpack the K-8 CCSS-M Standards, via a hexagon map of the standards.
- http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=16385 – The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) site houses a variety of lessons and resources for math teachers.
- http://commoncoretools.me – This site is manned by Bill McCallum, professor at the University of Arizona and one of the writers of the CCSS-M. Bill responds to questions in his blog section; he and others also post information including news about tools being developed to support implementation of CCSS-M. (*You can register to receive updates and posts.) You can also search blog posts to find an answer already out there.
- Professional Development Module – The WDE math lead, along with five other state leads developed an 4-hour training on the Fraction Progressions for Grade 2-6. This training focuses on the importance of understanding how the standards progress through the grades and on building collaboration within and across grades. Two resources are included for this training: Fraction Progressions PowerPoint and Facilitator’s Guide – Fraction Progressions (CCSS-M).
- Snapshot of Math Domains & Clusters (K-12)
- http://map.mathshell.org – The Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP), offers formative assessment lessons and summative tasks to support implementation of the CCSS-M. This is a collaboration between the University of California at Berkeley and the Shell Centre at the University of Nottingham with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
CCSS – ELA Resources
- Navigating Text Complexity provides educators with a comprehensive definition of quantitative and qualitative dimensions of text complexity. Materials include text complexity placemats, rubrics, suggested text sets, and instructional resources that demonstrate how and why to use these tools.
- Fisher and Frey This website, created by literacy experts Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, offers helpful resources and insightful articles for teachers. Some topics include: complex text and struggling readers, examining the composing process, new literacies, effective learning environments, and more.
- Achieve the Core What does strong student writing aligned to the Common Core look like? “In Common” provides hundreds of samples of student work from K-12 classrooms across the country. The samples are meant to illustrate how a student’s writing progresses as they gain fluency in the three types of Common Core Writing: opinion/argument writing, informative/ explanatory writing, and narrative writing.
- Teach the Books You Love In this website teachers share book titles and provide their rationale for instruction. The titles are also analysed for quantitative and qualitative complexity measures (lexile, structure, language conventionality and clarity, knowledge demands, and levels of meaning).
Wyoming’s Common Core State Standards Adoption Processes
This section provides information regarding Wyoming’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, adopted in June 2012 as the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
Building & District Administrator CCSS Resources
This section contains documents regarding CCSS specifically for building and district administrators to guide their understanding and implementation of the CCSS in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
- Implementing CCSS: The Role of the Elementary School Leader (PDF)
- Implementing CCSS: The Role of the Secondary School Leader (PDF)
Family & Community Member CCSS Resources
This section contains helpful informational resources for families and community members who are concerned about the impact the CCSS will have on Wyoming students and schools.