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Why Were the Common Core Standards Create?

Why Were the Common Core Standards Create? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
RT @Hunt_Institute: Another Hunt Inst exclusive! .@GovernorMarkell explains "Why We Created #CommonCore!" http://t.co/K7v0Lelgdp #CCSS

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The four-year anniversary of the Common Core! And yet, as I visit schools and work with teachers and administrators, I find more who have NOT read the standards than have read the standards. That may not be true in your state or in your school, but it should not be true ANYWHERE! Complaining about the standards is easier than reading them, working to understand what they mean for grade-level instruction, and applying the standards to teaching and learning. Regardless, you can't get to final step until you take the first step: read the standards.

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Interactive Video: Rewind, Remix & Replay Conversations with All 6 GOP Leaders at the 2015 NH Education Summit

Interactive Video: Rewind, Remix & Replay Conversations with All 6 GOP Leaders at the 2015 NH Education Summit | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Six Republican leaders sat down with Editor-in-Chief Campbell Brown on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire to talk in-depth about the future of K-12 education.
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Higher Academic Standards: How We Got Here - YouTube

Presentation by Gene Wilhoit, CEO, Center for Innovation in Education, University of Kentucky and Partner, Student Achievement Partners Wilhoit has been inst...
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This hour long video provides a first-hand history of how the CSSO came to support the development of the Common Core State Standards. Interesting on more than one front. 

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N Carolina standards swap requires extra dollars

N Carolina standards swap requires extra dollars | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A legislative committee says the state’s decision to overhaul Common Core will require money for new textbooks and teacher hires.
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The education issues NC faces stem from past policy decisions not to properly fund schools, not from the Common Core Standards. Regardless of the standards NC adopts or how it revises the existing standards, more money and time need to be expended in the teaching & learning process than have previously been dedicated to such a necessary endeavor.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Report Cards and Standards

Shanahan on Literacy: Report Cards and Standards | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Many schools are moving to standards-based report cards. Tim Shanahan offers several good tips in today's blog post. Well worth the read!
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Introduction to Open Educational Resources | Achieve the Core Aligned Materials

Introduction to Open Educational Resources | Achieve the Core Aligned Materials | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

OER are resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. The Creative Commons suite of open licenses are the ones you will come across most frequently. Open content licenses determine the extent to which users are granted the following important rights (the 5 Rs):

  1. Retain – the right to store and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways
  3. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
  4. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new
  5. Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original
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Need ideas for implementing Common Core? Look down

Need ideas for implementing Common Core? Look down | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
SmartBlog on Education will shine a light on back-to-school teaching and learning trends during July. In this blog post, educational leadership professor M
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#ILA15: Monday Finale

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The general session that began Monday's learning at #ILA15 was notable!  Stephen Peters shared that "My teacher thought I was smarter than I was, so I was!" To learn more about him, check out his b...

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Fran has been blogging daily on her time at #ILA. She writes in detail about each session she attends --and she chose great sessions--all speakers are the most current thought leaders & practitioners. Most gave authored books and are active Twitter users.

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Fran has been blogging daily on her time at #ILA. She writes in detail about each session she attends --and she chose great sessions--all speakers are the most current thought leaders & practitioners. Most gave authored books and are active Twitter users.
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5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher Thinking

5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher Thinking | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Marilyn Pryle shares five reading response activities to help students interact with texts in creative ways that require even higher levels of understanding.
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A New Definition of Rigor

A New Definition of Rigor | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
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NoRedInk makes learning grammar fun and easy

NoRedInk makes learning grammar fun and easy | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A fun way to practice and master grammar & writing skills!
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I don't usually post what I see as advertisements or gimmicks to lure teachers into what may later become a "fee for service." However, this enticed me so I thought I'd share.

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Common Core Standards Related to Technology & Digital Media

Common Core Standards Related to Technology & Digital Media | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology and Digital Media Assembled by Ben Rimes, K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mattawan Consolidated School last updated: Feb 27th, 2014 This document now has a companion document titled “Instructional...

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If you are looking for digital references in the Common Core, this document is handy. Click on the title link and you will be taken to a Creative Commons doc with links to the specific standards referencing technology/digital media.

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Oregon governor signs Smarter Balanced opt-out law | Local | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Oregon governor signs Smarter Balanced opt-out law | Local | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"Brushing aside critics, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that lets parents more easily opt their children out of new standardized education tests based on Common Core standards.

"The move on Monday came despite pressure not to do so from federal education officials, who said the policy could jeopardize about $140 million of Oregon’s annual federal funding. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan personally called Brown in late May to talk about the bill.

"But in a prepared statement, Brown said the bill would require teachers and school administrators to “engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes.”

Brown says she will monitor situation to ensure federal government does not withhold money from Oregon

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More responsibility beyond teaching is being thrust onto to schools by government. Federal government has long set mandated levels for required testing tying participation rates to funding; now Oregon's  state government will require schools to not only send a letter to parents with guidelines on how to "opt out" but also require schools to convince parents to "opt in." Why can't government take control of their own mandates instead of shifting the responsibility to schools?

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Duval schools will switch from textbooks to online printouts for elementary math, reading next year

Duval schools will switch from textbooks to online printouts for elementary math, reading next year | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The move to a new curriculum will save Duval's schools $10 million and is expected to help children meet tougher academic standards.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

Although this practice may seem on the fringes today, tomorrow moving from hard-bound curriculum to on-line accessed materials printed for "just-in-time" applications will be the norm. Why do I suggest that? With the work that Open Education Resources (OER) is doing, not only will EngageNY be a powerful contender against conventional textbook publishers, but will a variety of open-resource vendors, both not-for-profit and for-profit entities.

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The idea vs. the on-the-ground reality of Common Core standards

The idea vs. the on-the-ground reality of Common Core standards | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"A new report finds that teachers are often assigning work that doesn’t meet new standards

"Teachers are often assigning work that asks far less of students than theCommon Core standards require, according to the organization. Children are rarely asked to write more than a few sentences at a time, for example, and are seldom asked to grapple with complex ideas and arguments.

"Those conclusions are based upon an analysis of more than 1,500 language arts, humanities and social studies assignments that teachers gave middle-school students in two unnamed urban school districts during a two-week period last school year."

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

As an EQuIP peer reviewer, I find that many of the units submitted for our perusal are not of the depth the standards and the shifts related to the standards require. So this report does not surprise me. Yes, schools have had five years to do the work of teaching their educators about the standards and the degree of complexity the standards address both in the rigor expected of teachers and the rigor expected of student performance. But the fact is...for three years, schools , states, and political bodies have been fighting the change. In their fight, they ignored the professional development teachers needed in order to raise the bar and learn about content that had not fallen in their grade or expectations that had never been held in the past. 

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NC commission wants Common Core changes

NC commission wants Common Core changes | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"A commission reviewing public school educational goals is preparing to present its ideas for extensive changes at regional teacher forums.

"The Academic Standards Review Commission met Monday to discuss draft recommendations for changes to Common Core, national standards for English and math that cover kindergarten through 12th grade. The proposals call for a restructuring of high school math, adopting Minnesota standards for kindergarten through 8th grade math, a streamlining of English goals, and making more opportunities for students to write."


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article31303106.html#storylink=cpy
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Interested in learning more about North Carolina's review of the Common Core standards and the state's efficacy in teaching and learning to higher, more rigorous standards for all children? Two links in the article provide direction and analysis of math and ELA.

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Common Core likely to be tweaked, not thrown out, in Louisiana

Common Core likely to be tweaked, not thrown out, in Louisiana | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A closely watched review committee indicated it would likely just edit, not replace, the Common Core academic standards.

From Education Writers Association: "As Louisiana education officials prepare to dive into a wholesale re-examination of the Common Core academic standards, they have a lot to consider. Almost 30,000 comments on Common Core have come in via an Education Department website, officials said Monday (Aug. 10), and all but about 2,500 comments OK’d the existing guidelines. Schools are entering their third year of using the mathematics and English benchmarks, which are shared with about 40 states. But opposition from some teachers and parents led lawmakers and Education Superintendent John White to start a comprehensive review."

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

I am pleased to see the public review of the Common Core resulted in little criticism. According to a post on the Education Writer's Association Webpage, all but 2,500 of 30,000 respondents approved the Common Core as it is represented in Louisiana. This is good news! One of the best state-based websites in the nation supporting Common Core instruction comes from Louisiana Believes Teacher Resources.

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When it comes to the Common Core, we should “teach to the test”—and no, there’s nothing wrong with that! - The Hechinger Report

When it comes to the Common Core, we should “teach to the test”—and no, there’s nothing wrong with that! - The Hechinger Report | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Dear Carol, With the school year behind us, I’ve been reflecting on our six-month long exchange. While we disagree on the merits of the Common Core standards, we share a passion for public education and the future of our students as well as a concern for the issues that threaten the future of public education. …
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#ILA15: Sunday Treasures

#ILA15: Sunday Treasures | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
What learning treasures did I find on a Sunday in St. Louis at #ILA15? 1. "I Hate Reading:  Strategies Transforming Negative Self-Perceptions into Confidence Justin Stygles I find Justin's work wit...
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In this post, @franmcveigh features what she learned Sunday by attending sessions by Justin Stygles, Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris, Chris Lehman, Tanny McGregor and and Dave Stuart at the International Literacy Association's 2015 conference. Fran shares links, insights, and images.  

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Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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The Common Core Standards ask students to compare multiple texts (Reading Standard 9), analyze & evaluate arguments (Reading Standard 8), and write either explanatory/informational responses or arguments (Writing Standards 1 & 2) about findings. These maps provide a unique way to understand texts., compare data, and justify claims.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Vocabulary

Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Vocabulary | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Basically, disciplinary literacy refers to specialized texts and ways of using literacy in the disciplines. Historians, mathematicians, literary critics, and scientists read and write differently because they create different kinds of knowledge and rely on different kinds of evidence.
            Content literacy, on the other hand, is about teaching reading using subject matter texts, and the emphasis is on the use of general reading or study skills in different classes or in different kinds of books.
            But what about vocabulary?
            Learning vocabulary will be pretty much the same, no matter what field of study we are talking about. Memorizing a word is no different in a third-grade social studies class or in medical school.
            Helping kids to learn words means focusing on deep or extensive definitions, intensive and varied repetition of the words, examining relationships among words, making personal connections to words, and lots of review. 
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

To Shanahan's discussion, I would add the term technical vocabulary which refers to vocabulary with multiple applications--as both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words--but in the context studied is being applied in the Tier 3 domain. For instance, if I use the word "surge" as a reference to a crowd pressing the line at a Grateful Dead concert, I am using it in a Tier 2 reference; however, if my electrician references the word "surge" in diagnosing an issue with my meter function, s/he is using it as a technical term. On the other hand, a word like "capacitor" is a Tier 3 disciplinary or domain word and rarely used beyond the literal meaning as applied to the field of electricity. 

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What do students need to know to be “proficient” in reading and math? It depends on where they live.

What do students need to know to be “proficient” in reading and math? It depends on where they live. | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A new federal report released Thursday found a huge variation in how states defined "proficiency" on their 2013 standardized tests.
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Among the goals of the #CommonCore Standards was to alleviate the disparity of teaching and learning across the nation. The dismemberment of standards by some states and the movement away from focused testing increases the risk of continued disparities in learning among students.  

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A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review! | Partner in Education

A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review! | Partner in Education | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

his spring, Achieve posted the EQuIP Call to Action offering $1500 to individuals and/or groups who could write an exemplar unit (evaluated using the EQuIP review process). As one of 84 EQuIP reviewers I have had the opportunity to review submissions and work directly with unit designers as they honed their instructional materials to better fit the call and evaluation tool. The spring call ended in June but Achieve continues to search for lessons and units of excellence that will be posted on their website to be shared with teachers across the country (click here forProcess & Guidelines for Submissions to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel).

The requirements of an Achieve call are specific—both in terms of standards content and in terms of design. Although the reviewers are format agnostic (units can use the LDC template, the UbD template, or even a local unit template), the submission must meet the standards prescribed and the criteria described in the four-part EQuIP Rubric. For example, the spring ELA call asked designers to focus on one specific area of need among three identified by a nationwide expert panel of  Common Core literacy specialists: 1). units for supporting English Language Learners; 2). units supporting Speaking & Listening Lessons; 4). units integrating quality content and literacy, “Topical Reading and Writing.”

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August portends another opportunity to earn $1500 for the writing of an exemplar standards-based unit. I have it from a very reliable source that Achieve is considering the issue of another call to action for standards-based units written for math and ELA/Literacy topics. Stay tuned by either following me on Twitter @DoctorDea or subscribing to my blog: www.partnerinedu.com

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Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required

Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Testing groups point to strict training and criteria for Common Core grading, but the use of temps for increasingly complex tests is being questioned.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

I'm weighing in here...in my opinion, scoring Common Core assessments shouldn't require teaching experience. A college degree and assessment training is sufficient for scorers to effectively score student work. Instructional pedagogy and/or a background in education has nothing to do with using a rubric in order to precisely evaluate student work. Doctors aren't in pharmacies overseeing the process of prescriptions being filled; engineers don't work onsite as homes are built, roads are constructed or vehicles maintained. These labors are carried out be those trained to follow prescriptive guidelines and make educated decision as needed.  I agree, it would be beneficial for teachers' own edifications if they participated in the scoring of Common Core assessments, but students are not being put at risk or undervalued because their work is being evaluated by college grads who are not teacher certified.

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Rich Sources of Curated Open Educational Resources – High Quality, Current, and Free | Extreme Networks

Rich Sources of Curated Open Educational Resources – High Quality, Current, and Free | Extreme Networks | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The Extreme Networks survey on open educational resources (OER) shows that high-quality, openly licensed learning materials are improving the educational
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

Yep! Open Education Resources (OER) will be taking educators to places they hadn't imagined...and those places will be materials for curriculum designed and tested by teachers not merely textbook publishers. There is room in the marketplace for both. Our nation's schools and our teachers are diverse. Though we can share a set of standards, the materials that will drive us to success in meeting those standards need be designed within the reach of our resources with a design customized to reach our teaching and & learning populations.

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