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Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

The Montana Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of English Language Arts and Literacy. These standards establish high expectations for student learning and achievement that will enable all students to be competitive on a district, state, national and global scale. The appendices are an invaluable resource. Please take time to explore the appendices in addition to the standards document. 

English Language Arts and Literacy

NOTE: To find MCCS sequential planning resources, please visit Getting Started.

 

K-12...

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

This document lists the standards by K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12 grade bands.  Each strand of ELA is covered per grade band.  This document is most helpful for seeing the standards across grade bands.

All Standards - All Grades

Standards by Strand - All Grades

 

 

Grade Specific...

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

The documents included here are listed by grade level.  You may choose to see the ELA and literacy standards by each grade level or you may choose the entire document which includes all grade levels.  This document shows all standard strands per grade level.  This document is most helpful when focusing on specific grade levels.

Grade 6  
Grade 7  
Grade 8  
Grades 9-10  
Grades 11-12  

Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Grades 6-12  

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

 

 

Appendices...

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

The appendices are an invaluable resource. Please take time to explore the appendices in addition to the standards document.  The appendices are a useful tool for the implementation of literacy across content areas.  See Appendices A and B for support with text complexity. 

These appendices are useful tools for understanding the rigor and expectations set forth by the Montana Common Core Standards.

 

Indian Education for All Connections with English Language Arts and Literacy

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts
Connecting Indian Education for All and the Montana Common Core Standards Indian Education for All Connections with the Montana Common Core Standards and Assessments

Companion Guides by Grade:

K | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This resource is intended to provide guidance for instruction that incorporates the Indian Education for All (IEFA) resources aligned with the Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Educators can be assured that by utilizing the units in their instruction, they are addressing the Standards. Indian Education connections provide the content that makes the standards come alive. Both the grade-specific Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS) and the OPI Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (EU) connections with the OPI IEFA curriculum resources are identified throughout the Companion Guide, along with activities to meet standards.

IEFA units feature text dependent questions - those which specifically ask questions that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text being read – promoting close analytic reading. In support of the greater emphasis on proficient reading of complex informational text, each unit specifies the use of related informational texts (regardless of whether the unit focus is fiction or non-fiction), within the lessons and/or extension activities.

Please note that although the Montana Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects Standards that have been identified as facilitating information about American Indians are highlighted here, IEFA curriculum resources are aligned also with and incorporate the necessary complements of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards, as well as the grade specific ones. While the Indian Education for All recommended resources and units listed in this Companion Guide provide strong connections to the identified grade specific standards (standards approved by the Board of Public Education, Nov. 2011, that specifically reference Montana’s commitment to Indian Education for All), the resources listed in this document are not meant to exclude other useful resources or activities.

Teachers are … free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identity as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the Standards, Montana teachers can use American Indian topics, resources, and literature to meet standards, even where Indian Education for All is not specifically mentioned. (English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects by Grade-Level; MT OPI. November 2011, pp. 4).

Please see the OPI website to access the depth and breadth of key and support information available regarding the Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

Also see the OPI IEFA Curriculum Resources page for a complete listing of IEFA curriculum units.

 

Stages of Implementation: Learning and Teaching with MCCS

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Montana Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum

The Montana Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum is a comprehensive resource for school districts to self-assess readiness, create action plans, and access targeted resources and processes for aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment.

The Stages of Implementation Continuum: View | Download

Understand MCCS

STAGE 1, the Montana Common Core Standards for each grade and subject area have been thoroughly studied and are understood.

Detailed Webinar of Stage 1 - 11:00
  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures and Resources
  3. Action Plan Template and Sample
Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Align Curriculum & Instruction

STAGE 2, district curriculum has been revised or created that aligns with the MCCS at each grade level and provides a common sequencing to facilitate teacher collaboration at the school level.

Educators have identified instructional materials that are coherent, consistent, and comprehensive and support effective learning of the ELA, literacy and Mathematics standards.

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures and Resources
  3. Action Plan Template and Sample
Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Align Student Progress Measures

STAGE 3, educators establish measurable conceptual learning progressions and how students' understandings of ideas develop, evolve, and progress to establish measurable goals.

Student assessments have been identified to measure the established goals.

A foundation of understanding for formative assessment is established.

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures and Resources
  3. Action Plan Template and Sample
Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Implement in Classrooms

STAGE 4, educators design, adapt and use evidence-based best practices and guides to support effective delivery of the curriculum and assessment progress measures to support learning for all students through focused, coherent, and rigorous instruction.

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures and Resources
  3. Action Plan Template and Sample
Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Implement in Schools

STAGE 5, throughout the school year teachers engage in horizontal (e.g., grade level) and vertical (e.g., cross-grade level) conversations to be sure that every student has multiple learning opportunities and experiences to master standards required for student success at the next grade level.

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures and Resources
  3. Action Plan Template and Sample
Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Evaluate Assessment Data to Make School-wide Systematic Changes

STAGE 6, educators evaluate data collected from interim and summative assessments.  Processes are established to make systematic changes based on data results.

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures and Resources
  3. Action Plan Template and Sample
Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

 

Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

STAGE 1  Understand the MCCS

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

STAGE 1, the Montana Common Core Standards for each grade have been thoroughly studied and are understood.

Detailed Webinar of Stage 1 - 11:00

Procedures and Resources
The suggested procedures and listed resources are outlined to complete the steps for STAGE 1 as indicated in the Self-Assessment. In order to meet the needs of each district, the suggested procedures should be part of an established systems approach (e.g., one that includes professional learning communities, consistent staff meetings). Please contact OPI for information and/or assistance. 

The Montana common Core Standards (MCCS) for each grade and subject area have been thoroughly studied and are understood by following the first three procedures of STAGE 1.

Understand mccs

procedures and resources

1. Staff has completed the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS) self assessment and developed an action plan based on the results Complete literacy self assessment with staff and develop an action plan based on results.
2. Staff is aware of the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS). Facilitate a staff meeting using the overview of the Montana Common Core Standards and distribute copies of the MCCS standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.
3. Staff is aware of the Montana Common Core Standards. Watch and discuss appropriate Teaching Channel Videos with staff.

Understand mccs

procedures and resources

4. Staff has a deep understanding first 10 pages of the MCCS which include 1) Introduction, 2) Key Design Considerations, 3) Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language, 4) How to Read this Document, and 5) Key Features of the Standards. Provide copies of The First Ten Pages for the MCCS for ELA and Literacy.  Provide time for staff to read and discuss. The First Ten Pages for the MCCS for ELA and Literacy Discussion Guide
5. Staff is aware of the six major shifts within the MCCS. 12ActionPlan

Watch and discuss videos on the Six Shifts of ELA and Literacy with staff.

ELA Shifts Handout

 

6. Staff has a deep understanding of grade level standards and the alignment of those standards to the Career and Readiness Anchor Standards Have staff complete the MCCS Digging Deeper Activity for ELA and Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

Directions for MCCS ELA Digging Deeper Activity
Color Coded College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
MCCS ELA and Literacy Standards-printable by grade level on legal size paper
7. Staff has a deep understanding of the appendices within the MCCS. Provide the appendices for staff members. Provide time for staff to read appendices and discuss.

 

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts
Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

STAGE 2 Align Curriculum & Instruction

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

STAGE 2, district curriculum has been revised or created that aligns with the MCCS at each grade level and provides a common sequencing to facilitate teacher collaboration at the school level.

Educators have identified instructional materials that are coherent, consistent, and comprehensive and support effective learning of the ELA, literacy and Mathematics standards.

Check back for the following updates:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures & Resources
  3. Action Plan Template & Sample
Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

STAGE 3  Align Student Progress Measures

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

STAGE 3, educators establish measurable conceptual learning progressions and how students' understandings of ideas develop, evolve, and progress to establish measurable goals.

Student assessments have been identified to measure the established goals.

A foundation of understanding for formative assessment is established.

Check back for the following updates:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures & Resources
  3. Action Plan Template & Sample
Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

STAGE 4  Implement in Classrooms

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

STAGE 4, educators design, adapt and use evidence-based best practices and guides to support effective delivery of the curriculum and assessment progress measures to support learning for all students through focused, coherent, and rigorous instruction.

Check back for the following updates:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures & Resources
  3. Action Plan Template & Sample
Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

STAGE 5  Implement in Schools

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

STAGE 5, throughout the school year teachers engage in horizontal (e.g., grade level) and vertical (e.g., cross-grade level) conversations to be sure that every student has multiple learning opportunities and experiences to master standards required for student success at the next grade level.

Check back for the following updates:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures & Resources
  3. Action Plan Template & Sample
Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment

STAGE 6  Implement in Schools

Montana Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

STAGE 6, educators evaluate data collected from interim and summative assessments. Processes are established to make systematic changes based on data results.

Check back for the following updates:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Procedures & Resources
  3. Action Plan Template & Sample