Offer your views on common core framework
As states move closer to a common curriculum, Florida has led a consortium -- the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC -- to draft tests for those standards.
The group recently released a lengthy framework aimed at describing the ideas and focus that the assessments would be based upon. As Education Week describes the documents:
"These are not papers you can curl up and carry in your back pocket, though; at 162 pages, the frameworks are longer than the standards themselves (if you don't count the standards' various appendices). They explain how the standards work, discuss how learning progresses from grade to grade, and outline ways to dig into the standards' most important areas. They also provide guidance on how to judge good instructional materials for the standards."
It's an important conversation, one that PARCC has asked interested people to comment upon. The group is seeking input through August 17. So take advantage of the rain to read the frameworks and let them know what you think.