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Testing Resources

How is testing changing to reflect the Common Core State Standards?

Students will continue to take LEAP, iLEAP, and EOC in 2013-2014. However, because test questions will be based on more rigorous standards, the questions will also reflect an increased level of difficulty.

Download your Grade Level Assessment Guidance document and learn about the changes in assessment question format and content.

In 2014-2015, Louisiana students will take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) assessments in grades 3-12 for English Language Arts and mathematics only. These tests will differ from the old LEAP and iLEAP tests primarily in format; however, there will be another increase in student cognitive demands to fully reflect the nature of the new standards. Unlike past standardized assessments, students will take PARCC tests on the computer. Jefferson parish is currently working to ensure that all schools will be equipped with the required technology.

Stay abreast of PARCC testing updates, including Special Education and ELL accommodations, by signing up for the PARCC Newsletter.

How are JPPSS testing resources changing to help us master the Common Core?

In 2013-14, The Learning Institute and The Achievement Network – the two companies that provide interval assessments for all JPPSS schools – have been aligned to the Common Core and to each other. This means that, for every interval assessment, students across the district will be tested on the same Common Core standards, and that all standards will be covered by an interval assessment before state testing in April.

The Learning Institute developed Core Guides to provide unit support for teachers implementing the Common Core State Standards in classrooms. Core Guides include complete instructional guides for anchor texts and related readings, as well as built-in formative assessments and student activities.

Scope and Sequence Resources for TLI and ANET

The Achievement Network
The Learning Institute

Louisiana Common Core Sample Eagle Items

In support of Louisiana Believes,the Department of Education and Pacific Metrics have collaborated to develop Sample Test Questions for grades 3 through 11 that measure knowledge and skills identified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These item sets contain various types of reading passages and a mixture of technology‐enhanced items based on the CCSS that can help students become more competitive in a twenty‐first‐century learning environment. Writing prompts for these item sets challenge the student to develop analytical thinking skills and to improve their reading,thinking, and writing skills.

For School Leaders, Administrators, and Core Leaders


Achieve3000 offers resources for differentiated instruction in literacy and science. There are free resources, a variety of case studies, implementation models, and differentiated curriculum.

Common Core State Standards Validation through Assessment Report

report funded by the Gates Foundation about the correlation between CCSS assessment scores and performance in first-year college classes.

Instructional Shifts and Potential PARCC Assessment Items

Crafted by the lead writers of the Common Core standards, documents for high school and revised for K – 8 attempt to arm school leaders with information aligned to the instructional shifts of focus, coherence, and rigor so that they can best select instructional materials from vendors and assess teacher created materials and assessments.  In addition, SmarterBalance has provided samples of potential Common Core assessments that could appear on PARCC.

Article and evaluation documents:  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/04/17/28math.h32.html
Sample tests:  http://sbac.portal.airast.org/Practice_Test/default.html

For All Teachers

What does Common Core teaching look like in the classroom?

Both the Teaching Channel and America Achieves allows teachers to watch videos of classrooms implementing common core aligned lessons as well as access the materials used and watch teacher introductions and debriefs about specific lessons.

The Reading & Writing Project  also has videos of classroom teaching for many major ELA standards, along with critical commentary and a list of ways that the standard in the video is connected to the Common Core.

New York Common Core Resources

New York has worked hard to provide resources for teacher as we move to implement Common Core. The resources shared on their site have been carefully analyzed and refined to be as aligned as possible. The most key resources are their Video Library and their ELA and Math Modules and Lessons.

15 Resources for Common Core Learning

The blog TeachThought published a List of 15 Resources for Common Core Learning, which links to several resources including an NEA Teacher Toolkit, learning resources for secondary teachers through EduCore, and a series of videos of teachers successfully using Common Core standards in their lessons.

Louisiana Teacher Toolbox

The Louisiana Teacher Toolbox provides a year long scope-and-sequence and sample units for the academic year for each grade level.

Lesson-Level Resources

Create a free account on LearnZillion to access video mini-lessons to use in as a part of your regular lesson, for a small group, or as review. Students can create accounts to review lessons assigned by the teacher.

Non-fiction Text Resources for All Subjects

Jennifer Ransier, the School Support Specialist for Network 4, is developing a website with links to non-fiction text resources for all subjects.


Mastery Connect

This free app available through the App Store, Windows Store, and Google Play allows teachers, parents, and leaders to quickly read and search the standards by grade level and content area. Teachers comment that they love the searchable feature to find a standard for a given topic. Leaders share that they like being able to read a standard in full as they observe lessons or review plans.

Level It Books

App can be purchased for $2.99 and you simply scan or type in the ISBN number and it provides lexile level, and a grade level suggestion. It can also act as a classroom library where students can check out books.

Book Retriever

A $0.99 app that allows you to scan, level and inventory your entire Classroom Library, giving you leveling data such as Guided Reading Levels, Lexile, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, DRA and Reading Recovery. This app also works with Fountas & Pinnell. The handy label printing function allows you to print the leveling data wirelessly and easily attach the labels to your books! Over 178,000 titles loaded and we are adding more every day. The app also allows easily sending notes to parents or calling parents from your device.


For ELA, Social Studies, and Science Teachers

Shift 1: Building Knowledge Through Content Rich Nonfiction

Common Core Exemplar texts by type of text and genre.

Readworks.org.  Create a free account to access hundreds of short nonfiction passages and related questions by subject, lexile level, Fountas and Pinnel level, grade level, or literacy skill.

Nonfiction booklists for kids and teens curated by the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress webpage with digital document and audio archives is an excellent resource for pulling primary sources, identifying different perspectives, building context for a work of literature or era of history.

What So Proudly We Hail. While this site also has a significant amount of fiction as well, each piece is related to an important era or event in American history. Sample lessons are also available.

Closing in on Close Reading. This article describes several techniques to use and possible questions to have students ask as they read a passage to increase their comprehension.

Shift 2: Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational

Achieve the Core.Org.  Learn to create text dependent questions for any text.

Edmodo.Com. Create a free account to join the Basal Alignment Group or the Anthology Alignment Group in order to view downloads of teacher revised Treasures lessons for grades 3-5 and Holt revised lessons for 6-12 respectively that align to common core expectations.

Shift 3: Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

Common Core Standards: New Research on Text Complexity.  Page 4 shows quantitative levels for text complexity at each grade

Lexile.Org. Where to go to identify the lexile level of a given text

Scholastic Book Wizard. Can identify the lexile level, Guided Reading (Fountas and Pinnel), DRA, and many other metrics of text complexity.

Word Generation.  Middle School Vocabulary instruction Tier 2 academic vocabulary word lists and best instructional practices.

Vocab GrabberCopy and paste a digital text into the field on the screen. The ‘vocab grabber’ will pull out words based on specific content or frequency within the text.

ELA Planning Templates

Literacy Design Collaborative Planning Template provides module (unit) and lesson planning templates for text based instruction in ELA, Science, and Social Studies.

ELA Template Tasks. The summative assignment students are expected to produce by the end of the unit. This task drives instruction for the entire duration of the unit. Once the link is open, go to LDC Template Tasks.

Fountas and Pinnell

Fountas and Pinnell is providing a new early grades reading assessment this year. The site also has leveled libraries.

For Social Studies Teachers

JPPSS Social Studies Resources. The Social Studies School Support Specialists have created a website with resources for all grades as well as a professional learning community for the district’s teachers.

For Math Teachers

Math Reference Sheets, Grades 3-8

Reference sheets provided by the state for use by students in grades 3-8.

Mathematics Design Collaborative

The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) is a group of curriculum designers, assessment developers, professional learning specialists, and district and school networks. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded MDC to develop high-quality instructional tools and professional support services to realize its ambitious goal of having 80% of low-income and minority students ready for college by 2025.

Inside Mathematics.

Illustrative Mathematics.

Conceptua Math.


Balanced Assessment


Thinking Blocks.

Decimal Squares.

Math Assessment Project.

Yummy Math.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.

Math Wire.

Math Playground.