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Daisy McCune, Grade 3
Divide Elementary

21st Century Content Standards and Objectives Development

The revision of the content standards and objectives (CSOs) began February 10, 2006, by bringing together a group of stakeholders to lead the writing.  The stakeholders consisted of West Virginia teachers, West Virginia Department of Education staff, consultants, parents, and community members.  The stakeholders were organized into committees by content area and met over the next four months to craft the restructured CSOs.  Edvantia provided comprehensive professional development to content area leaders prior to the first writing session; Edvantia also trained the stakeholders during the first two-day session.

The purpose of the revision process was to (1) expand student understanding in core subjects to much higher levels; (2) align the West Virginia CSOs with national standards (NAEP, ACT, SAT); and (3) integrate 21st century knowledge and skills into the learning objectives.  To ensure rigor, the committees worked to raise the current depth-of-knowledge levels using data from “Report on the Alignment Analysis of Curriculum Standards and WESTEST in Mathematics, Reading Language Arts, and Science for Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10, West Virginia” (Webb 2004).   Vertical and horizontal alignments were continually verified during the revision process.  At the completion of each grade level, performance level descriptors were reviewed and edited as needed to assure representation of the revised CSOs.

Once the editing and revision processes concluded, the content standards and objectives were reviewed for depth-of-knowledge and rigor by Dr. Norm Webb, and The “Reports on Depth-of-Knowledge Distribution and Appropriateness of the West Virginia Mathematics, Reading Language Arts and Science, Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs)” were used to determine if any areas needed further revision.   The Schmidt Report, used for content standards and objectives, charted the mathematics and science content standards and objectives to show curricular coherence with the intended cognitive complexity.

The 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools began the state review and adoption process in the fall of 2006. The policies were adopted the following year, and the effective date for the new policies was July 1, 2008.  The interval between the adoption and effective dates was intended to provide a buffer of time in which educators across the state could become familiar with and implement the new rigorous standards prior to the onset of testing.

The 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Policy 2520.2) may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.2_ne.pdf

The 21st Century Reading Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Policy 2520.1) may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.1_ne.pdf.

The 21st Century Science K-8 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Policy 2520.3) may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.3_ne.pdf.  The 21st Century Science 9-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Policy 2520.35) may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.35_ne.pdf.

The 21st Century Social Studies Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Policy 2520.4) may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.4_ne.pdf.

The December 2003 “Alignment Analysis of Mathematics Standards and Assessments Using the Operational Forms West Virginia Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10” may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/oaa/pdf/21_research/Report%20Math%20Final%20Alig%20II%20%20122303.pdf (Webb 2003) .

The December 2003 “Alignment Analysis of Reading Language Arts Standards and Assessments Using the Operational Forms West Virginia Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10” may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/oaa/pdf/21_research/REPORT%20RLA%20Part%202%20Final%20%20010604.pdf (Webb 2003) .

The December 2003 “Alignment Analysis of Science Standards and Assessments Using the Operational Forms West Virginia Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10” may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/oaa/pdf/21_research/Science%20%20Report%20WV%20Part%202%20FINAL%20011404.pdf (Webb 2003).

No alignment studies were conducted for social studies.

 

Content standards provide a description of a major goal within the content of each discipline, course, or grade. 

Content objectives are statements of information essential for the mastery of the content.