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Schwab goes to D.C. for Common Core

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BRIGHTON — West Ridge Elementary fifth-grade teacher Julie Schwab represented School District 27J and the state of Colorado in a national discussion about the development and implementation of Common Core State Standards-aligned assessments for K-12 students.

Schwab, a 27J teacher since 2003, was selected by the National Education Association to serve as a State Educator Reviewer as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers partners with the American Federation of Teachers and the NEA on the implementation of the new standards.  

PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts and mathematics assessments. The new, higher standards and the development of aligned assessments are designed to improve college and career readiness among students. 

Schwab joined educators from across the country in an effort to ensure the new planned standards and assessments meet the high bar of quality necessary to inform instruction and will have the opportunity to lead the development of other instructional supports and materials. She spent Feb. 7 to 9 in Washington, D.C., taking part in training known as an Item Review Boot Camp. 

“The test development process is complex and requires the input of educators to not only provide expertise in crafting items that appear on the assessments, but to ensure that their collective voices help to identify and inform professional learning and instruction,” West Ridge Elementary Principal Carie Brock said. “Julie has more than 20 years of experience in elementary education and 27J has had the great fortune of being her home for the past 11 years.”