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Common Core revolt goes local

Common Core revolt goes local | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests. Even as political leaders in both red and blue states continue to back away from the standards — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest example — the hottest battles have shifted to the local level, where education officials are staging public...
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#ccss can't shake controversy

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What Reflects a Great School? Not Test Scores

What Reflects a Great School? Not Test Scores | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Regie Routman argues that good assessment results can be fleeting, but good leadership never is.
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Regie Routman...can count on her words of wisdom in all this craziness...

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Push to Limit Federal Test Mandates Gains Steam

Push to Limit Federal Test Mandates Gains Steam | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Legislation in Congress would open the door to "staggered testing," letting states give summative exams only in certain grades in a departure from the NCLB testing regime.
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"Rhetorical shift" indeed....

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The Common Core Is Not Ready

The Common Core Is Not Ready | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Mike Schmoker argues that while we shouldn't abandon the standards, teachers need time to pilot them.
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Love mike schmoker...makes great points I this edweek piece

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What Happened to the Common Core?

What Happened to the Common Core? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
The Common Core. Just last year, according to a Gallup poll, most Americans had never heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, or "Common Core," new guidelines for what kids in grades K–12 should be able to accomplish in reading, writing, and math.
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#CCSS only as good as the prof. dev., materials  and teaCher Ed programs

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The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study

The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Boy oh boy, yesterday was sure a "one-two" punch on teachers with the Gates report and the front page New York Times story on the Chetty, Friedman & Rockoff (CFR) study. Here are my choices for...
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#teacherevaluation 

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Education Week

Education Week | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Great to see some of the best bloggers challenging RTTT... #ctq

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Common Core test scores tell less about what children know than about how test makers decide to measure that knowledge

Common Core test scores tell less about what children know than about how test makers decide to measure that knowledge | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Scores on the new Common Core tests—just like those on earlier forms of assessment—reveal less about what children know than about the way test makers decide to measure that knowledge.
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"Words we use like "proficient" carry a lot of baggage"-Daniel Koretz

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Fascinating perspective...

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Shanahan on Literacy: The New Bane of Beginning Reading Instruction: Phony Rigor

Shanahan on Literacy: The New Bane of Beginning Reading Instruction: Phony Rigor | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Wisdom from Tim Shanahan....

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Literacy Experts Blast NCTQ Report

Literacy Experts Blast NCTQ Report | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Literacy experts who are members of the Reading Hall of Fame took issue with the report of the National Council on Teacher Quality, which recently lambasted the nation's schools of education. They ...
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Oldie but goodie worth reading and pondering

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Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools

Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
In an open letter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — a strong backer of the new academic guidelines — said more time was needed to make the standards work.
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More time....we have been saying that 

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Gaining traction....#superintendents

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The Science Of The Common Core: Experts Weigh In On Its Developmental Appropriateness

The Science Of The Common Core: Experts Weigh In On Its Developmental Appropriateness | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Many parents (and kids) are pushing back against the Common Core Standards. And they might be right to do so.
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Important point made by real experts #tuftseliotpearson  

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Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers

Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.
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Sobering  statistics....more than an image problem...

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Unions, Teachers, and Opting Out: A Complex Calculus

Unions, Teachers, and Opting Out: A Complex Calculus | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
How will unions support teachers who refuse to give standardized tests?
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Really interesting- unions support opt out, but  neglect to speak to legal ramifications

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@mrs.bucci - mrs.bucci's photos on Instagram | OnInStagram

@mrs.bucci - mrs.bucci's photos on Instagram | OnInStagram | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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#instagram 

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Professional Development: You Don't Need to Travel to Learn

Professional Development: You Don't Need to Travel to Learn | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
In today's guest blog, Google Certified trainer Jared Covili of the Utah Education Network explains how conferences are not our only option for professional learning.
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#PD multiple ways to get professional development...start with twitter!

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Are Researchers Who Helped Popularize VAM Having Second Thoughts?

Are Researchers Who Helped Popularize VAM Having Second Thoughts? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Two-and-a-half years ago, economists Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff published an extremely influential and well-known study that popularized Value-Added Measurements as a teacher eval...
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Unbelievable ...no wait...predictable 

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Common Core [sic] Standards (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out)

Common Core [sic] Standards (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out) | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Edreform for HigherEd???

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6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy

6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Why the standards for young children are developmentally inappropriate.
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More legit cautions here from some heavy hitters...

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A Missed Opportunity for Common Core - Education Next

A Missed Opportunity for Common Core - Education Next | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Common Core supporters should be showcasing lessons that represent a sharp break with the skills-driven, all-texts-are-created-equal approach that has come to dominate too many classrooms.
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Great post on #scripted #ccss lessons using "excerpts"vs whole texts

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Education in Two Worlds: The VA and VAM

Education in Two Worlds: The VA and VAM | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
What is the connection between the VA (Veteran Administration) and VAM (Value Added Measurement). Actually, there is a very close one.
The VA hit the news a couple weeks ago when a whistle blower went
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NCLB, RTTT, CCSS, VAM... alphabet soup of ed reform initiatives still spells CAUTION

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Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests

Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
“…the Gates Foundation agrees with those who’ve decided that assessment results should not be taken into account in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two...
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Stunning...amazing  all those who are walking it back now #thereishope

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Professional Development: Whose Job Is It?

Professional Development: Whose Job Is It? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Professional Development is not defined by what someone else provides for us.
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Peter Dewitt on the changing landscape of professional development..

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