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“You can’t teach to the SBAC so we’re doing what we’ve always done...provide good quality instruction”

“You can’t teach to the SBAC so we’re doing what we’ve always done...provide good quality instruction” | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

You can’t teach to the Smarter Balanced so we’re doing what we’ve always done which is to provide good quality instruction,” Cromwell Superintendent Dr. Paula Talty said.


From March 18 to June 6, schools will conduct the Smarter Balanced field test — a trial run to help ensure they are ready and to address testing issues, such as making sure schools are equipped with enough computers to implement the test, which is taken on a keyboard instead of with the familiar No. 2 pencil.


Via Mel Riddile
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I disagree...you can prep for the test by meeting the standards! New Generation Assessments and standards are connected more tightly than interwoven wedding bands. One way to avoid the standards is through worrying about keyboarding skills. True, some kids aren't prepared for the computerized assessment in terms of the computer, but paper and pencil will to be an option. More important than keyboarding skills are the thinking skills...for the most part, that is what the test assesses. Why can the public not see that? Because in general, most people don't understand the assessments or the standards.

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Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers

Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an excellent resource for history teachers. The UMBC Assessment Resource Center for Historyoffers sample assessments based on readings from six eras in U.S. history. The assessments include multiple choice question and performance tasks based on close reading exercises. The performance task assessments include scoring rubrics, sample responses from students, and the documents that students need in order to complete the performance tasks. Click here (link opens PDF) for a sample performance task.

 


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These are the types of resources teachers need to support their implementation of Common Core Standards in the disciplines. Please share with social studies teachers!

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Has Close Reading Gone Amok? (Part 1) | Burkins & Yaris

Has Close Reading Gone Amok? (Part 1) | Burkins & Yaris | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
In this post we examine IRA's WHAT'S HOT results, which leads us to wonder if close reading has gone amok.
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Unfortunately, buzz words have turned into instructional methods. Reading instruction and practice needs balance. Basic reading comprehension precedes close reading. There is a linear progression to deep reading: decode, comprehend, close read.
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Urban Districts Develop Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs

Urban Districts Develop Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

The Council of the Great City Schools has set out criteria to help educators bring common-core-aligned lessons and materials to English-learners. (Are you an #ELL teacher trying to figure out how to teach #commoncore English to your students?


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A tribute to the work of E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

A tribute to the work of E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn about E. D. Hirsch in this short video that follows his career, how he came to develop the Core Knowledge curriculum, and his thoughts on the future of the Common Core. Featured in the video are prominent education reformers such as David Coleman, Joel Klein, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Tom Birmingham, Randi Weingarten, Valarie Lewis, Sol Stern, Kati Haycock, and Dan Willingham.
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Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project, the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.
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Without the Common Core in Oklahoma

Following the repeal of the standards, Oklahoma teacher Valeria Hughes wonders what's ahead for her state and her classroom.
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PARCC Scoring Rubrics Grade 3: Prose Constructed Response Revised based on Spring Field Testing

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Glad to see PARCC has rethought the scaled score system used in Grade 3--the previous scored were inconsistent and unbalanced.

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Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones

Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
How a bipartisan education reform effort became the biggest conservative bogeyman since Obamacare.
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As I began to read, I thought this might be another myth-filled right-winged opine on the #CCSS. Fortunately, I persevered. Not only a balance account of events, some details that were new to me!
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Core of the Matter: School Supplies, Facebook and the Common Core (#CoreMatters)

Core of the Matter: School Supplies, Facebook and the Common Core (#CoreMatters) | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"...Every child in the nation, regardless of in which house or state they live, regardless of gender, race, or how much money their parents earn, deserve just that.  It’s this premise — one that has been put through a blender by media, political circles, and misinformed stakeholders — that is the foundation of the Common Core State Standards. Never before have expectations been higher. Never before have states collaborated at such high levels to show that a third grader in one state is just as valuable as one in another and how each child deserves the same high levels of opportunity.

"As our nation’s children head back to school, let’s ensure that the mom at the soccer game, the dad at the grocery store, or the child sitting in algebra class, have a clear understanding of the what, the why, and the locally decided how of why we do what we do in our schools. This includes those expectations – or standards – that we strive for all of our children to reach so that ultimately, they will be prepared for whatever may come their way.

"Together we are better for the children that we serve."

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I hope Tom Murray's words resonate with you; they echo through my being! I have been pounding my head against the proverbial wall trying to get positive words and thoughts in the minds of parents and teachers. I have shared on Facebook, defended on Facebook, and been attacked on Facebook. His point is well-taken. Schools and teachers and administrators--educators in general--need to look ahead to the futures of our kids and our country. In so doing, they--we--need to communicate the value of rigorous standards for their children, their economy, and their futures.

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Restarting the Common Core debate

Restarting the Common Core debate | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

Over the past couple of years, a raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, content standards in English and mathematics adopted by states nationwide.


Via Darren Burris
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Another attempt to ground discussions regarding the #CCSS in reality. We must advance beyond name-calling and myth making in order to make prudent decisions.

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Jindal Proves He's Serious About Dismantling His Former Cause

Jindal Proves He's Serious About Dismantling His Former Cause | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
First he sued his own school board. Now he's suing the federal government.

Buffeted by a state judge who initially struck down his suspension of Common Core testing and said his actions hurt the state's parents, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is ...
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Making sense of the ed-reform backlash | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Making sense of the ed-reform backlash | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"Should our schools be drudgery? Of course not. They need to be places of intellectual discovery, excitement, and enthusiasm. Why is it that we believe only in challenging our kids to do their very best when it comes to athletics, or music, or the arts—domains where the American school system excels? Kids want to be challenged; they want to be pushed to excellence. We do that in football. We could do it with fractions, too.

I believe that reforms like the Common Core can help schools in the suburbs immensely. High standards—and rigorous, aligned tests—can tell children and their families the truth about whether students are “on track” for college or a meaningful career. They also indicate the essential knowledge and skills that kids need to master at each grade in order to be on the trajectory for success. And good suburban districts tend to have the capacity—the central office staff, the know-how, the resources—to rise to the challenge of higher standards.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

Petrellli speaks much truth here...our schools are not broken, but having had foreign exchange students, I can attest to their sense of ease the American system offers. And in my experience, parochial schools, though not the answer, surely do ramp up the rigor. They are in a competitive market; parents expect to get more for their children as the result of paying tuition. Public education in the United States is firmly founded and firmly grounded--but it needs to be ratteld about to loosen the complacency about closing my door and teaching what I like/want/feel comfortable with.

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Public Support Waning

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Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Appreciate the attention to handwriting. I was amazed last week in a seventh grade classroom of twenty-seven. All the students were writing and as I walked the rows (yes, rows), I noted that only two used cursive. Amazed! As educators and especially those of us grounded in language and literature, we need to get the word out regarding the research based correlations between writing and cognition practices.

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Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math's plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.
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Many people are frustrated by Common Core Math Standards. In any pursuit, why is as important as the how.
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Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends Common Core: A Response to Principal Carol Burris - Education Post

Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends Common Core: A Response to Principal Carol Burris - Education Post | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Guest Post: Maricela Montoy-Wilson teaches second grade in East Palo Alto, California, where she has taught for the last six years. She graduated from Stanford
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When REAL teachers, those actually working with kids everyday in America's classrooms speak to specific examples and standards, we must listen.
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Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane on the future of Common Core | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane on the future of Common Core | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Fordham's Mike Petrilli and AEI's Mike McShane talk the future of Common Core. With Indiana, South Carolina, and Oklahoma backtracking from these standards, what's next in this political fight? 
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Embrace the Common Core: A Debate (aired September 9, 2014 on IQ2.TV)

Embrace the Common Core: A Debate (aired September 9, 2014 on IQ2.TV) | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

A Research Library: Should we embrace the Common Core?

In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. But is this the reform we’ve been looking for? Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children’s education?

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

Are you looking for articles on the Common Core? This might be a valuable resource for you. Although I missed last night's debate (I did hear some of the Twitter fallout shortly after the debate aired), I discovered this link today. On this webpage you will find a lengthy list of publication titles with links to the writing of Carmel Martin (pro CCSS) and Carol Burris (anti-CCSS).

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PARCC Provides Guidance & Cautions about How to Use Newly Released Scoring Rubrics

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Fully agree: standards, rubrics, and guidelines for assessment have never driven research based instruction. What we want responsible writers to be able to do and how we help them reach that point are two separate concepts--connected by the quality expected in teaching methodology and learning outcomes.

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California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support

California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
All four segments of California's higher education system are working to align admissions and teacher-preparation programs to reflect the common core.
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David Coleman & E.D. Hirsch – POLITICO 50: Ideas changing politics and the people behind them

David Coleman & E.D. Hirsch – POLITICO 50: Ideas changing politics and the people behind them | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
There are very few eureka moments in teaching, at least ones that eventually lead to a new curriculum in 43 out of 50 American states.
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Having taught a series of high school classes in the 1990s and into the millennium all grounded in the work of E.D. Hirsch, I readily embraced #CCSS in 2010. I have met David Coleman and appreciate what he brings to educational thought and methodology. Common Core--cultural literacy--Bring it on!
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Let teacher leaders lead Common Core professional development | CTQ

Let teacher leaders lead Common Core professional development | CTQ | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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The use of scripted lessons is antithetical to the spirit of the Common Core. The Common Core demands that readers consider text in the process of analysis, integration, and justification. Scripted lessons require no thinking on the part of a teacher--use of scripted lessons diminishes the need for critical thinking. If teachers are not models of critical thinking, why would students need to engage in the process themselves?

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Articles: Common Core Endgame: Social Justice

Articles: Common Core Endgame: Social Justice | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Mary Ann Marcella evidently hasn't reviewed the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Indeed, SBAC assessments have a classroom activities component that intentionally accesses and / or fosters background knowledge before setting kids off to take the independent portions of the assessment piece. Check out this link for more information: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ClassroomActivityAdministrationGuidelines_PracticeTest.pdf

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Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms

Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Toon Graphics is producing comic books it hopes will be studied as serious textbooks in the fourth grade and beyond.
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A Back-to-School Conversation with Teachers and School Leaders | ED.gov Blog

A Back-to-School Conversation with Teachers and School Leaders | ED.gov Blog | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:
Pleased to see a shift in government thinking. Teachers need to be part of evaluation conversations not victims of top-down reform. Without their input, our system will suffer an assessment malaise.
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