Here is the complete powerpoint:

Some of you asked for the table talk discussion questions; here they are:

This just in from the folks in DPI Testing/Accountability:

Test Specifications for the Next Generation Assessments

Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English/ Language Arts, Mathematics, and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science are now available at

Information on the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes is included.

The Hunt Institute Video Series:

This series of short videos were developed to help all stakeholders better understand the breadth and depth of the Common Core State Standards as well as how these Standards "will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students." -- (James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, 2011).