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Instructional Practices That Need to Disappear (Round-robin Reading) | Cognitive Rigor to the Core!

Instructional Practices That Need to Disappear (Round-robin Reading) | Cognitive Rigor to the Core! | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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PARCC Released Items | Partnership Resource Center

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Check out the recently released PARCC sample test items... and the guides for scoring.... any critical comparisons going on in your district? PARCC or MCAS???

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Daniel Katz: When is a Pledge to Reduce Testing Not a Pledge to Reduce Testing?

Daniel Katz: When is a Pledge to Reduce Testing Not a Pledge to Reduce Testing? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Daniel Katz says: When President Obama says so. Or Secretary Duncan. They like to use the words of their critics but change nothing. He writes: "Honestly, at this point in his administration, expec...
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Interesting insight into the Obama position on too much testing...#fogofwar

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Dangerously Irrelevant | Technology, leadership, and the future of schools

Dangerously Irrelevant | Technology, leadership, and the future of schools | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Great, thoughtful questions for Michael Bloomberg...

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Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities

Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Education officials said the decline in scores was unexpected, but could be related to changes ushered in by the Common Core standards.
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"persistant achievement gap'" "stagnating scores"... Oh, oh.... gut check... and how much money is the DOE spending?

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Fact Sheet: Testing Action Plan | U.S. Department of Education

Fact Sheet: Testing Action Plan | U.S. Department of Education | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Interesting, less test yet RTTT and Obamas  educational initiatives are precisely why we have high stakes testing causing stidentity anxiety and teacher burnout #cuethebackpeddaling #letshearitforoptoutpower

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Adopt PARCC – and ignore the political noise - The Boston Globe

Adopt PARCC – and ignore the political noise - The Boston Globe | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
PARCC promises to provide even better educational results for Massachusetts.
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Hmm..what will,Massachusetts choose, MCAS or PARCC? This will be interesting ....if PARCC cue the sea change in teaching

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News from the NEPC: ESEA PETITION FOR RESEARCHERS NOW ONLINE

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Voices rising...

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Charts and mini charts to anchor writing moves

Charts and mini charts to anchor writing moves | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Last Tuesday, Clare wrote a wonderful slice of life post about what everyday learning in a classroom really looks like and feels like, aptly entitled: Learning is Managed Chaos. These lines resonat...
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"learning  is managed chaos".... so true...and yes we need to make thinking visible through anchor charts constructed WITH children

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Common Core, don't copy China's test-prep culture

Common Core, don't copy China's test-prep culture | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Yong Zhao says Common Core proponents should see that in China, a test-oriented education can be damaging.
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Test prep...who does it really benefit?

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Education Week

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Some big names calling out districts on poor implementation of #ccss

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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?
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Interesting points comple. Text does need some mediation, scaffolding by the teacher...

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Where Are Teachers Getting Their Common-Core Instructional Materials?

Where Are Teachers Getting Their Common-Core Instructional Materials? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
A new study found that teachers are mainly relying on homegrown instructional materials, created either by themselves or their district colleagues, to meet the Common Core State Standards.
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I have been saying this for a few years now... so much money has been wasted on "programs" that offer little in terms of quality materials... better off going to @ReadWorks, @newsela, @textproject!

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Hundreds of Common Core test questions have just been made public. Can you solve them?

Hundreds of Common Core test questions have just been made public. Can you solve them? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Now parents and teachers can see some of the test questions that kids faced earlier this year.
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So... what do you think? MCAS or PARCC? This might help...

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Hillsborough schools to shelve Gates-funded experiment that cost $100M+ to implement

Hillsborough schools to shelve Gates-funded experiment that cost $100M+ to implement | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
In Seattle we are working on an estimate of the cost of all the standardized tests that are being taken by students in our school district as well as estimating the cost of implementing the Common Core Standards in the district which includes everything...
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Wow...this is sobering...
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Arne Duncan’s Race to the Bottom: Our national test fixation isn’t just bad for kids — it doesn’t even work

Arne Duncan’s Race to the Bottom: Our national test fixation isn’t just bad for kids — it doesn’t even work | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
The president's surprise announcement that testing is out of control is more than welcome: The tests deserve an F
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Is anyone listening? 

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CURMUDGUCATION: Obama's Testing Action Plan Sucks (And Changes Nothing)

CURMUDGUCATION: Obama's Testing Action Plan Sucks (And Changes Nothing) | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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post press release analysis

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Can Data Improve Education Without Compromising Privacy?

Can Data Improve Education Without Compromising Privacy? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it

Do the benefits of student analytics outweigh concerns over individuals’ privacy?

 

Big Brother and Big money continue to drive agendas...#ccss #privacy 

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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests...
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More voices adding to the  problems with standardized testing

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Open Letter to Congress and the Obama Administration from Educational Researchers Nationwide

Open Letter to Congress and the Obama Administration from Educational Researchers Nationwide | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Dear Members of Congress and the Obama Administration:

We are researchers and professors in colleges, universities, and other research institutions throughout the United States with scholarly and practical expertise in public education, including education policy, school reform, teaching and learning, assessment, and educational equity. As Congress revises and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secon
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Make your voices heard... Open Letter to Congress...

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No profit left behind

No profit left behind | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
The British publishing giant Pearson had made few inroads in the United States — aside from distributing the TV game show “Family Feud” — when it announced plans in the summer of 2000 to spend $2.5 billion on an American testing company. It turned out to be an exceptionally savvy move. The next year, Congress passed the No Child...
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Profit for Pearson despite lack of results #accountability?

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Education Week

Education Week | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
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Lots to learn about CCSS math...parents and kids

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Tom Hoffman: Do You Want to Know What's Wrong with the Common Core ELA Standards?

Tom Hoffman: Do You Want to Know What's Wrong with the Common Core ELA Standards? | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Tom Hoffman, a blogger in Rhode Island, took up the challenge to explain what is wrong with the Common Core ELA standards. He does it here. He goes through them in the spirit of "close reading," an...
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Worthy read by @dianeravitch...is it absurd to ask 3rd graders to engage in "textual analysis"?...kind of....

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