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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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How quality PD can boost teacher retention, increase student growth

How quality PD can boost teacher retention, increase student growth | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Professional development may be a requirement, but that doesn’t mean district leaders are always able to put it at the top of their priority lists. However
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Yet anothe r call for quality PD..

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How to Read Professional Development Books: 7 Tactics You Might Not Be Using | Teaching the Core

How to Read Professional Development Books: 7 Tactics You Might Not Be Using | Teaching the Core | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
In this post, I share 7 high-impact tips for reading professional development books smarter, because hey -- if you're gonna read it, you might as well do it
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Bigger problem is that not enough teachers engage in professional reading, subscribe to professional journals, or have access to scholarly articles to discuss with peers

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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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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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Key Responsibilities for Central Office Staff

Key Responsibilities for Central Office Staff | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
What are the duties of a central office staff member eager to ensure that all teachers have access to effective professional learning? The Standards for Professional Learning provide practical guidance.
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A PD Director is critical to a district...

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States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Parents, students and school officials have joined a national protest of the consequences of Common Core testing.
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More and more states are hearing from parents on the exessive testing their students have to endure...

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The rise of the anti-standardized testing movement

The rise of the anti-standardized testing movement | Common Core Controversy | Scoop.it
Short summary of story
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Thank god for @valeriestrauss columns... Please share 

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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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