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Things, they are a changing around here. . .Secondary English teachers throughout the country have been working on implementing Common Core standards (California State Standards) for several years now. So it is interesting to see how the changes are starting to trickle on down to our counterparts in Social Science and Science. As the English TOSA, I am supporting our district Social Science and Science TOSAs with implementation of the performance tasks and will be assisting teachers as they create and implement writing tasks in their content area.
However, our job in ELA is never done. There is still plenty to be done in making sure we are addressing the new standards while keeping our students engaged with rigorous and relevant texts.
California students are not prepared for college. Read the LA Times article on the recently released SBAC test scores.