Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
In schools across the country, teachers are implementing new academic standards that provide consistent guidelines in English and math at each grade level and help prepare students to graduate high school ready for college and the workplace. These new benchmarks challenge students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically, and apply what they are learning to the real world.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is one of two multi-state consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an assessment system based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To achieve the goal that all students leave high school ready for college and career, Smarter Balanced is committed to ensuring that assessment and instruction embody the CCSS and that all students, regardless of disability, language or subgroup status, have the opportunity to learn this valued content and to show what they know and can do.
The Common Core fact sheet (FAQ) provides answers to the frequently asked questions about the Common Core State Standards. Learn more about the educational standards. the purpose behind Common Core. its importance and teacher involvement.
The Bay Area Tutoring Association is a dynamic academic support and enrichment organization designed to complement our education system. We are a collective of tutors, parents, students, community members, grass roots organizations and business leaders with a shared desire to invest in the future prosperity of the San Francisco Bay Area through the facilitation of student academic development, parent empowerment and quality extended learning programs.
Our instructional delivery strategy emphasizes the importance of empowering the student to master the fundamental skills of applicable subject matter. Instructional delivery method is unit based. Each unit is one to two hours in length for K – 12th grade students.
Our certified tutors transform students. As California migrates into the era of Common Core State Standards, the demand for tutoring is increasing dramatically. Success of Common Core State Standards will require more than new books, technology, strategies and curriculum. Common Core State Standards success will require additional student and teacher support. There will be a needed increase in academic time. There will also be a significant decrease in the number of parents who are able to support their children academically. Tutoring has become a societal necessity versus a luxury.
Extended Learning Programs
Bay Area Tutoring Association intervention and extended learning programs are designed to complement classroom instruction, enhance collaborative student learning opportunities outside school time (OST) and meet Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Children of Silicon Valley and S.F. Bay Area are born “digitally aware.” Their innate ability to easily decipher how to use a smart device, tablet, PDA or play video games is constantly on display, pushing the boundaries of the imagination and our daily use of technology to new heights. Codewritingkids.com opens the door to Common Core State Standard critical thinking requirements and the development of technology skills by teaching kids how to create and design video games, mobile apps, websites and more.
SAT & ACT
While good grades are essential to college entrance, success on the SAT/ACT is critical to acceptance into a 4-year university. However, figuring out how the tests work, understanding the differences between the two and knowing how to prepare your student for either test can be challenging.
Letters of Recommendation
Bay Area Tutoring Association letter of recommendation from Christopher Elementary School is based math intervention “Money, Math, Millions” program. Under SES, Christopher Elementary school conducted math intervention camps during Spring Break and summer. The programs targeted 3rd – 6th graders.
Bay Area Tutoring Association letter of recommendation from John Sinnott Elementary School is based on ELL intervention program “College Bound Kids Club”.
Bay Area Tutoring Association letter of recommendation from Rancho Middle School is based upon math, ELA and science intervention program “Get Better Grades”.
Bay Area Tutoring Association letter of recommendation from Robert Randall Elementary School is based upon ESL intervention program “El Libro Es Mi Amigo”.
Bay Area Tutoring Association letter of recommendation from St. James Community Foundation is based upon math, ELA and science intervention “Get Better Grades Program”. The St. James Community Foundation hosted a 4 week summer math Algebra program for 6th – 8th grade middle school students. Bay Area Tutoring Association trained ten (10) volunteer tutors, provided lead instructor, blended learning technology, curriculum, pre and post assessment exams.
Short Video Snippets of Bay Area Tutoring Association Programs