LDC News | November 7, 2016 
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LDC Product News & Updates



New student rubrics are here and available in LDC CoreTools!

Our partners at SCALE have brought this powerful new dimension to our online offering. These new student work rubrics are exciting news for the entire LDC community.


Disciplinary Expertise


The new menu of rubric dimensions for Science and Social Studies is like a power-pack, boosting disciplinary expertise. Levels of performance are clearly described for specific disciplinary concepts and practices taken right from the Next Generation Science Standards, such as "Plan the Investigation," and the C3 Framework for Social Studies, such as "Develop Central Research Questions."


Dimensions that describe levels of performance for specific Common Core reading standards for literary and informational text, for example "Delineate and Evaluate Arguments" and "Analyze Development of Theme.”


LDC CoreTools now offers the ability to add or delete dimensions from the base rubric.

Tailor the rubric to meet the specific needs of your module, so it measures precisely the literacy skills and disciplinary content relevant to your needs: your module, your classroom, your students.

This new flexibility allows you to evaluate your task and module design in order to ensure that your prompt and instruction yield evidence of these important disciplinary practices and understandings in students' work. It also contributes to your ability to integrate literacy and content.


Focus on Standards


The rubrics can be tagged with any standard selected for your task. They are subdivided into more specific grade bands*: K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This means you can score student work in relation to grade-level specific expectations, allowing for standards-based grading.
*Original LDC rubrics were more generic and tied to anchor standards.

These sets of rubrics capture a continuum of performance, showing student progress both within and across the grade levels.

Language in the rubric dimensions helps to:


Blended Professional Development

Explore the various options for disciplinary content understanding dimensions.
The professional learning experience (specifically, course block 3.4) has been updated to now use the new student work rubrics.
Anyone with access to LDC's online courses* can go in-depth to understand and apply the language of the new base rubrics.

These new rubrics are the first step toward building new, enhanced professional learning experiences to support rubric customization! LDC is hard at work developing new tools and resources that will help support educators build deeper skills when it comes to looking at and learning from student work.

*Contact for more information about gaining access to courses


Quick Tips and Enhancements for LDC CoreTools



Scrolling between pages in LDC CoreTools has been improved. This small change is one that power-users have been asking for and LDC is happy to roll it out. You can now go to the CoreTools library, scroll down and go to any module or mini-task, and then use the back button. The scroll position in the library will return to where you left off. See below:

LDC CoreTools: Scroll Position Fix

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