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Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products | Achieve

Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products | Achieve | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
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You may want to consider submitting teacher designed lessons and units for review by the EQuIP team. But before submitting, be sure to evaluate your work against the rubrics they provide on their website: http://www.achieve.org/files/EQuIP-ELArubric-06-24-13-FINAL.pdf ;

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The Many Faces Of The Common Core Debate: Karen Hitchcock

Over the last several months, discussions of the Common Core State Standards have been eclipsed by the public’s reaction to major issues which have arisen
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Another voice of balance in the battle of the Common Core. Yes, the standards are new, so rather than make the assessment of these standards high stakes for kids and teachers, let's be prudent in our analysis of the data we acquire. But prudence does not indicate abdication of the standards. Stay strong defenders of change and proponents of rigor. We must remain firm in our demands for higher standards and prudent in the wisdom to evaluate their effects.

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Don't waste Common Core effort

Don't waste Common Core effort | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Gov. Scott Walker wrong to badmouth higher standards for Wisconsin students.
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I was visiting veteran educator-friends in Wisconsin last week and they were appalled by their governor's comments. They are firm believers in the Common Core and the hope it provides for the student population in terms of consistent educational goals and quality teaching and learning. Indeed, they acknowledged that change is difficult but were disappointed in the governor's words, dismissive of the time, effort, and money that have gone into implementation thus far.

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I was visiting veteran educator-friends in Wisconsin last week and they were appalled by their governor's comments. They are firm believers in the Common Core and the hope it provides for the student population in terms of consistent educational goals and quality teaching and learning. Indeed, they acknowledged that change is difficult but were disappointed in the governor's words, dismissive of the time, effort, and money that have gone into implementation thus far.

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More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore

More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Revising Common Core could calm many concerns and still lead to high standards, one expert says.

 

"These types of bills, Smarick says, could lead to the best outcome for the Common Core initiative in the long-run."


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Reviewing the Common Core Standards and making edits or additions as necessary based on the input of a knowledgeable citizenry is prudent, but is that the process or are the changes being made as knee-jerk reactions to political pressure and election fear? I don't really know...but from the headlines, the latter seems to be playing a hefty role in Common Core backlash.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 2014 10:43 AM

States always had the option of adding up to 15% to the Standards, but many chose to adopt the CCSS as is. Now, they are doing the right thing by personalizing the Standards to the needs of students in their states.

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#TCRWP: Informational Writing Goals

#TCRWP:   Informational Writing Goals | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's Units of Study have been in K-5 classrooms for over a year and the grades 6-8 units were published about six weeks ago.  The range of resources fo...
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My comment echoes the closing of Fran's post: How can writing like a reader and reading like a writer support student growth in writing style and completeness? Use mentor texts to teach the style and find success.

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Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
For all of the talk about how different reading instruction is meant to be in the Common Core era, and for all of the hand wringing over the critical “instructional shifts” embedded in the new literacy standards, a glimpse at the world of classroom implementation reveals that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Kathleen Porter Magee clearly explains her position regarding unintended outcomes of reading strategy instruction--and I agree. Many are out there repackaging preexisting approaches to meet  superficial demands. But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater...there are some concepts of reading instruction that are necessary even if they are old school. I'm a damn good reader and I was brought up on Dick and Jane!

 

As to the criticism of Beers and Probst: one the whole, I see the work of Kylene Beers and Bob Probst as more about Reading Standards 2 and 3 as well as Standards 5 and 6 than about Standard 4. Critical reading, close reading, and explication require the reader to examine patterns (which is what Notice & Note is really about) and in that examination, determine the development of theme, characterization, archetypal structures, etc.

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Villar: Common core: cornerstone for success

Villar: Common core: cornerstone for success | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
If the purpose of public education is to develop students who will succeed after public school, then businesses and systems of higher education are the customers of public schools. They ridiculously charge that the idea of raising our too-low standards is a "corporate takeover;" that curriculum shifts are designed to raise profits for companies distributing textbooks; that higher education programs profit from remediation; that it's unfair to hold educators accountable for doing their jobs well. The Common Core has great potential to impact: (1) the growing need for students to take remedial courses in our colleges and universities; (2) the need for highly skilled labor for our businesses; and (3) the growing gap in learning between our economically disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers. A single teacher cannot be expected to teach 25 children, adhere to individualized education plans (IEPs), provide accommodations as outlined in 504 plans, follow behavior intervention plans (BIPs), and ensure that they provide differentiated instruction for the remaining children. [...] schools need to support their teachers by having literacy and numeracy coaches, master teachers, and appropriate numbers of special education teachers.
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3-12 ELA / Literacy Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching (Hard Copy from Achieve)

3-12 ELA / Literacy Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching (Hard Copy from Achieve) | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

The Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching tool is for teachers, and those who support teachers, to build understanding and experience with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction

 

What is it?  

Designed as a developmental tool, the coaching tool can be used for collaboration, coaching, and reflection. It is intended for use in non-evaluative observation to facilitate instructional coaching conversations. The Shifts in instructional practice required by the CCSS provide the framing for the coaching tool."

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A quick checklist for teacher planning of #CCSS lessons as well as for observations by coaches, colleagues (and I imagine, administrators). This document has been available in the past, but was recently updated and also offered in a digital form, no doubt for the vast number of teachers now using iPads.

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Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach

Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

There are undoubtedly some teachers who dislike the Common Core, but recent polls suggest that most teachers support the new standards. During my three years of teaching (completed a month ago), most of my colleagues and I liked the Common Core. One reason we supported the new standards was because they gave us more freedom. Detractors claim that standards tell teachers how to teach. But I taught Common Core after teaching Tennessee’s state standards, and while Common Core did give me expectations for what my students should know and be able to do by the end of the year (just like the previous standards did), it allowedme to decide what and how to teach.


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During my first years of teaching, the texts we were to teach were dictated as were the objectives for teaching. The curriculum was a good one--I have no doubt that all Common Core Standards would have been met. But...I had no decision making power AT ALL. The #CCSS give the power of choice to the teacher's professional discretion...and that is a good thing.

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During my first years of teaching, the texts we were to teach were dictated as were the objectives for teaching. The curriculum was a good one--I have no doubt that all Common Core Standards would have been met. But...I had no decision making power AT ALL. The #CCSS give the power of choice to the teacher's professional discretion...and that is a good thing.

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What Would a Common Core for Higher Ed Look Like?

What Would a Common Core for Higher Ed Look Like? | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
68 institutions are piloting a new assessment that would measure student achievement through a common lens.
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Seems a reasonable effort--achievable? Aim high!

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Common Core worth fighting for - Chicago Sun-Times

Common Core worth fighting for - Chicago Sun-Times | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Bill Gates’ foundation called for a two-year moratorium on making high-stake decisions based on the results of tests that are tied to the Common Core learning goals, most notably teacher evaluations. Testing in most states begins next spring.
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High standards are a must whether you call them career- and college-ready standards or the #CommonCore.

High standards are a must whether you call them career- and college-ready standards or the #CommonCore. | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

Anne M. Byrne is the President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Since 1981, Byrne has been a member of the Nanuet School Board, on which she has served as president and vice president. She's also served as an officer of the New York school board association in a variety of capacities. 


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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

description by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"When designing project-based lessons, educators should focus first on what excites them -- the content -- and then seek ways to apply the Common Core State Standards, writes middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron. In this blog post, she describes her planning process for a project based on superheroes. Her first draft naturally addressed many standards and she later added components to teach others."


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Assessment Diaries: Aligning Classwork to the New Assessments

Assessment Diaries: Aligning Classwork to the New Assessments | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
What are you doing in your classroom to prepare your students for the Common Core aligned assessments? Learn what these four teachers are doing.
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The entries and links in these reflections about past practice and instructional change are straightforward and helpful to teachers wondering where to begin.

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Letter: Let’s set record straight about Common Core

Letter: Let’s set record straight about Common Core | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
FSSD board member Robin Newman says schools have bigger concerns than state standards
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When making decisions to rescind the Common Core, why not look to what change has already come about rather than wrangle with the fear of what might happen?

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Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests

Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, a federal pilot study finds. But whether a computer-based test can effectively measure their abilities remains to be determined.


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Have you taken an online assessment? I have. I was among the first group of GRE test takers to take that online assessment. I have no doubt I would have scored higher had parts of that test been paper and pencil. This report indicates the same for fourth graders. Among other assessment aspects, they need simple instructions with a voice-over capacity to hear the instructions read to them. Electronic assessment is relatively new in the history of assessment; let's be prudent in the value we place on the results offered.

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Get Politics Out of the Common Core: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Get Politics Out of the Common Core: The Chronicle of Higher Education | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

There can be no significant reform of higher education without a major overhaul of primary education and extensive changes in secondary education. One of the reasons students are graduating without being prepared to compete in today’s workplace is that far too many arrive at college without the knowledge and background to do college-level work. They have to spend their time catching up rather than taking the courses they need for their degree programs.


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Yes...get politics out of education reform. This has been the mantra of my voice for months. As the author Mark Taylor states, "educational reform has, until recently, been a bipartisan issue. In the current climate, however, the facts in a crucial national debate are being—intentionally or unintentionally—distorted." The Presidential election is causing some governors who previously supported the CCSS to feel squeamish--worried about how their constituency views what is a good decision. Please, leaders of states, don't let education revert to bad policy for lack of your courage.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:51 AM

What do effective people in colleges/careers need to know and be able to do? Start there. Work backward. Changes are needed. Simple as that. 

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What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
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Clever activity to use in the classroom. Though this podcast describes its use in a 10th grade lit class, I can think of ways to use it in SS or science. Can you?
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PARCC Aligned Writing Rubrics | Partner in Education

PARCC Aligned Writing Rubrics | Partner in Education | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

These analytic rubrics are firmly grounded in PARCC’s Expanded Scoring Rubric, shared via the PARCC Practice Test Website, specifically on the English Language Arts Practice Test Page. Review PARCC’s draft by following the link just provided. Once on the page, scroll down to your particular grade of interest and in the third column headed Rubric/Answer Keys, click on the Grade # Generic Rubrics (Draft). Voila! The PARCC holistic assessment tool for your grade revealed!

The rubrics I share here render PARCC’s holistic rubric into an analytic rubric (BTW, I have some teachers in states outside of PARCC states using these rubrics, too–keep in mind PARCC measures the Common Core and these rubrics adhere to the standards). Holistic rubrics are fine for summative assessment, especially when evaluating large numbers of student writing, but they fail to provide the specific feedback writers need in order to improve their craft.

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I've received appreciative reviews from many teachers who have used the rubrics. In classroom use for scoring, I would weight categories according to my particular area of instructional focus, but in keeping with the direction of PARCC, the rubrics themselves are true.  

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I've received appreciative reviews from many teachers who have used the rubrics. In classroom use for scoring, I would weight categories according to my particular area of instructional focus, but in keeping with the direction of PARCC, the rubrics themselves are true.  

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Digital Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching (from Achieve)

Digital Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching (from Achieve) | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
This is a tool for teachers, and those who support teachers, to build understanding and experience with CCSS aligned instruction.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

This link takes you directly to the digital practice guide. More than a preparation tool, this is an observation tool for coaches and I daresay, administrators as they visit classrooms. After logging in, the user records the teacher's name or pseudonym, adds the lesson texts and standards taught, then continues into the three areas of foucus:

1. Text quality and lesson focus

2. Relationship of questions & tasks to standards

3. Opportunities for students to engage with text & standards

 

I've tried the tool out...and it appears you only need log-in one time; thereafter, you can easily move in and out of the tool to either revisit previous observation notes or start a new guide.

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Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision - NJ Spotlight

Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision - NJ Spotlight | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
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Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision
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Christie's decision shows both prudence and sensitivity in the face of needed change. Moreover, his decision respects those most affected by that change: students and teachers. Unlike some other governors who are rushing to judgment and banning before trying the new, Christie's decision acknowledges the challenges of change while supporting the efforts of the last three years in preparing for the transition and implementation.

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Christie's decision shows both prudence and sensitivity in the face of needed change. Moreover, his decision respects those most affected by that change: students and teachers. Unlike some other governors who are rushing to judgment and banning before trying the new, Christie's decision acknowledges the challenges of change while supporting the efforts of the last three years in preparing for the transition and implementation.

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Common Core: Realities of the Rollout - Education Writers Association

Common Core: Realities of the Rollout - Education Writers Association | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Our May 19, 2014 special session at the 67th National Seminar looked at Common Core implementation from a variety of angles ...
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Common Core Will Improve Education, Most District Chiefs Say

Common Core Will Improve Education, Most District Chiefs Say | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

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How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class

How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

"Love them or hate them, the Common Core State Standards in math and English/Language Arts are being implemented in classrooms in most of the country — in some places better than others. A nonpartisan organization called Young Education Professionals asked a few teachers how they are dealing with the new standards, and their reports are below. The teachers work in Maryland and Washington and D.C.; Virginia is one of the few states that did not adopt the Common Core. This appeared on the organization’s website.What works and what doesn't."

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State Lawmakers Assert Influence Over Standards

State Lawmakers Assert Influence Over Standards | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards

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