|Common Core State Standards
and Digital Curriculum
Hawaii State Department of Education
“I want all students to be able to learn from digital textbooks.”
- PRESIDENT OBAMA, 2011 State of the Union Address
No longer will students have to tote 50-pound backpacks with outdated print textbooks. New digital curricular materials will be light digital devices – such as a laptop or tablet – that combine Internet connectivity, interactive and personalized content, learning videos and games, and other creative applications to enable collaboration with other students while providing instantaneous feedback to the student and teacher. Digital textbooks can revolutionize teaching and are not simply the digital form of static textbooks. They will streamline the delivery of Common Core curriculum and assessments.
What are the Standards?
The Common Core State Standards are a set of high-quality academic expectations in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics that define both the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level in order to be on track for success in college and career.
What’s Different with The New Standards?
Shifts in English Language Arts (ELA)
Shifts in Mathematics
Implementation and Testing
Hawaii is implementing Common Core standards for grades K-2, 11 and 12 in the 2012-13 school year; all grades will follow in 2013-14. Hawaii also is a governing member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is developing the Smarter Balanced Assessment exam for its 24 member states. Smarter Balanced will replace the Hawaii State Assessment for ELA and math in 2014-15. Similar to the current HSA format, the exam will use Computer Adaptive Testing, which adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment.
For example, a student who answers a question correctly will receive a more challenging item, while an incorrect answer generates an easier question. By adapting to the student, these assessments present an individually tailored set of questions to each student and can quickly identify which skills students have mastered. This approach represents a significant improvement over traditional paper-and-pencil assessments, providing more accurate scores for all students and better data for teachers.
What Do the Standards Mean?
“Students in the 21st century must be aware of the global nature of our world and be able to select, organize, and design information to be shared, understood, and distributed beyond their classrooms.”
— NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH
Common Core Digital Learning
As part of the work to implement the Common Core State Standards, Hawaii is advancing curriculum and instruction in our schools so our students will graduate prepared for success in college and careers in today’s globally competitive economy. To achieve this goal, the Hawaii State Board of Education and Department of Education aim to provide all school students statewide with up-to-date curricular materials on a digital device such as a tablet or laptop.
The DOE proposes a three-year, phased-in implementation plan for providing each child with a digital curriculum, starting with $29.375 million in the Fiscal Biennium 2013-15 Budget ($7.125M in FY14 and $22.25M in FY15). This initiative takes advantage of ongoing DOE efforts such as new technology for learning and the state’s broadband infrastructure while addressing some long-standing challenges facing our public schools. Digital devices:
Hawaii’s Common Core Timeline
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