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College Leaders Sign On to Support Common Core Educational Standards

The new lobbying coalition is a project of the Collaborative for Student Success, which is supported the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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I would like more publicity offered to those groups NOT supported by the Gates Foundation who come forward to support #CCSS. Simply by being affiliated with Gates, groups are dismissed by Common Core detractors. 

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ACT unveils changes in reporting and some parts of its test @insidehighered

ACT unveils changes in reporting and some parts of its test @insidehighered | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
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Wondered when ACT would make public the changes apparent in sample items. The 2024-2025 ACT assessment and scoring addresses #CommonCore compliance to higher degree than the ACT of yesterday.
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Education Week

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Understand states have rights of choice, but NCLB demands standards are assessed. Based on that, how can assessments that were pre-Common Core now satisfy that caveat?
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How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
After he bought into proposal to reform education nationwide, his money brought most states running.
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Survey Says Superintendents Back Common Core, Wary on Implementation

Survey Says Superintendents Back Common Core, Wary on Implementation | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
A survey finds that while most top district administrators support the Common Core State Standards, they also have mixed feelings about other policies associated with the common core.
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New York State Sets Focus on English-Learners

New York State Sets Focus on English-Learners | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
The state's sweeping new Blueprint for English-Language Learners Success may be the first time state policymakers have made such a strong statement on the needs of ELL students.
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From the beginning, Common Core State Standards were clear: the standards make no accommodations or requirements for ELL, Special Education, or gifted. Teachers of these groups have been left to struggle with how to make the standards work among individual learners in these large groups.

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Home | Common Core State Standards Initiative

Home | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
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Have you visited the Common Core home page since its overhaul?

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Common Core: Better Standards, Conditions, Tools, & Outcomes - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - CCSS, common core, Ed Reform, education, higher ed, Innovation, K12, teachers

Common Core: Better Standards, Conditions, Tools, & Outcomes - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - CCSS, common core, Ed Reform, education, higher ed, Innovation, K12, teachers | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Leaving the Common Core would be like a group of phone users leaving iOS or Android and going back to Blackberry--few apps, few updates, few friends. The politically motivated change would lead to weaker expectations, less teacher collaboration, and higher costs.
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Seems today that everyone is an educational expert. Just because most people have attended school doesn't make them educational experts, but for whatever reason, the political sphere and often the public sphere think they have all the answers. We've visited the doctor's office, too, but no one presumes to tell physicians how to heal. We all live in homes, but no one tells a carpenter how to do his job. Give me a break! States, relax and let educators work with these new standards then discuss their efficacy.

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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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Are you spending part of your summer building Common Core aligned literacy lessons and units? Are you feeling bogged down in finding materials? Check out EQuIP's cache and learn how you can submit your own materials for their review!

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2014 Common Core Blogathon

2014 Common Core Blogathon | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
RT @PSESD: Hey Educators! Interested in blogging? Join the @PSESDLiteracy #CCSS Blogathon in July http://t.co/sBOhUgJPvZ #WATeachLead

Via Darren Burris
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I just may give this a try...wondering if I can link to some of the blogs I've been posting for the last two years!!

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Bill to alter Common Core passes Louisiana Legislature - The New Orleans Advocate

Bill to alter Common Core passes Louisiana Legislature - The New Orleans Advocate | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
Bill to alter Common Core passes Louisiana Legislature
The New Orleans Advocate
... the state Department of Education announced that nearly 45,000 students took part in new tests connected with Common Core.
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A wiser decision than scrapping the standards and beginning anew! For many states, this approach should have been the means of choice. 

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The Common Core Curriculum Void - NPR (blog)

The Common Core Curriculum Void - NPR (blog) | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

"Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.

It's a seismic shift in education meant to better prepare kids for college, career and the global economy. But new standards as rigorous as the Core require lots of other changes — to textbooks, lesson plans, homework assignments. In short: curriculum and the materials needed to teach it. And that's the problem. Right now, much of that stuff just isn't ready.

Before we get further into the problem, let's be clear: The Common Core is a set of standards, not curriculum. There's a difference. Standards are goals we set for kids. For example, one Common Core math standard says fifth-graders should be able to use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

Curriculum is what teachers do every day in the classroom to achieve that goal. Again, different. But, if you change standards, you've got to change curriculum too. 

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Part I of this series post (the link you will be reading) is quite accurate. The problem lies in the rollout and follow through of the standards. As the country gets closer to assessment of the standards, more and more states are bucking the process and returning to the safety of the familiar: assessments used in years gone by. Is that the lesson we want to teach our kids? Is the the legacy of American education? Raise standards but lower assessment expectations? These standards are for grades K-12 but some states, such as Illinois are bowing out of full assessment in the high school, choosing to stay at the level of NCLB compliance: grade 11. What will happen to those students in grades nine and ten? Will their education and learning be on par with the expectation of the grade 11 assessment? Time will tell. 

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College Leaders Sign On to Support Common Core Educational Standards

The new lobbying coalition is a project of the Collaborative for Student Success, which is supported the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Common standards for nation’s schools a longtime goal

Common standards for nation’s schools a longtime goal | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
President Eisenhower first suggested national standards in 1959
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PARCC States Successfully Wrap-up Field Testing

PARCC States Successfully Wrap-up Field Testing | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
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Looking forward to assessment updates based on field testing data & feedback.
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Common Core and the Arts

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Reading for the flipped #caedchat tonight. Great resource!
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What Is Common Core

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What is Common Core? The Common Core Standards outline the skills that students should learn in school. The standards are focused on building basic skills that then develop into more advanced skills year after year.
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The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful

The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

"Recent research by Sean F. Reardon of Stanford University shows that average reading and math scores of incoming kindergartners from high-income backgrounds are a full standard deviation higher than those of children from families with low incomes. The size of this gap among 5-year-olds is staggering, and reducing it will require efforts on multiple fronts. Access to instruction that is engaging, challenging, and fosters a love of learning is a key ingredient. To suggest that kindergartners should be deprived of the opportunity to engage deeply in learning literacy and numeracy is to sell them short at a crucial moment in their development.

A growing body of research has taught us about the critical role of early exposure to language and literacy for children's development. We have also documented vast differences in early exposure to language between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. There is strong support for both early-childhood parental interventions and preschool programs as strategies for narrowing these gaps. It seems only logical, then, that a strong emphasis on language, literacy, and reading during kindergarten would be another key component for reducing inequality of opportunity.

Early exposure to mathematics instruction is also important. Recent position statements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Mathematics Advisory Panel argue that young children are ready to learn varied and challenging math content. Further, they emphasize that children who experience high-quality math instruction in the earliest years of school are at a distinct advantage relative to their peers."

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I've been wondering what people mean when they say the #CCSS are not developmentally appropriate. This article helped me to understand that when many people make this claim, they are opposing fewer minutes spent on "play-based" activities. From my own experience with a kindergarten boy, I see a curiosity and drive to learn about the hows and whys of the world, what we would call the academics of the world. The time to teach is when the moment is ripe. People are not fruits and vegetables with measured time to table maturity rates. Age is irrelevant to human curiosity. 

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I've been wondering what people mean when they say the #CCSS are not developmentally appropriate. This article helped me to understand that when many people make this claim, they are opposing fewer minutes spent on "play-based" activities. From my own experience with a kindergarten boy, I see a curiosity and drive to learn about the hows and whys of the world, what we would call the academics of the world. The time to teach is when the moment is ripe. People are not fruits and vegetables with measured time to table maturity rates. Age is irrelevant to human curiosity. 

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Days Apart, Two States Opt to Replace Common Core

Days Apart, Two States Opt to Replace Common Core | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
The Republican governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina signed legislation in recent days that requires their states to develop new standards to replace the common core.
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And the battle ensues. No doubt, like a contagion, dissention will spread. Only time will tell the future of the Common Core twists and turns.

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Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
For educators, the challenges of Common Core are huge.
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This represents PART II, a continuation of "The Common Core Curriculum Void" published a day earlier. The author explores how to resolve the materials issue related to the standards. We know where we are supposed to go, but no one has developed a fully populated set of materials. The answer: for many districts--self-design. Not a bad idea but time consuming.

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Why My Brother’s Keeper Should Look to ACT and Common Core

Why My Brother’s Keeper Should Look to ACT and Common Core | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it

"Many of us think of ACT as just a testing company, but it has a research arm that mines ACT data and the broader literature to figure out how to improve educational outcomes. Chrys Dougherty, ACT senior research scientist, has produced three must-read briefs showing just how difficult it is for youth who are behind academically to catch up—and therefore how crucial it is to intervene early.

In his most recent brief, Dougherty shows that at least half of fourth- and eighth-grade Hispanic and African American students in the states whose data he analyzed are not doing well in reading—and almost none who are doing poorly catch up by the end of high school. Using longitudinal student outcome data, ACT has established benchmark scores that indicate college readiness (or, for younger students, being on a trajectory to end high school college ready). Students who score at or above those benchmarks are “on track,” while students who score more than one standard deviation below them are “far off track.”

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What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like?

What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like? | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
You've heard the complaints — now take a close look at a top-notch lesson plan.
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The Common Core FAQ

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It's not just Louis C.K. and Stephen Colbert who are confused about the Common Core. Get the facts here.
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Appreciate the support of NPR!
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A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom - Huffington Post (blog)

A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom - Huffington Post (blog) | Common Core ELA | Literacy & Math | Scoop.it
A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom Huffington Post (blog) The Common Core State Standard to which I aligned my string of lessons calls on students to "explain the relationship between two or more events, ideas, or concepts...
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Common Core Literacy Standard #10 requires that students apply standards 1-9 to complex text...but the standards do not require that all 10 standards be taught simultaneously. Sometimes, a teacher may be teaching to standards 1, 3, and 10. Another lesson may focus on standards 4 and 5. What is to say that we cannot bring our texts into line with our students in order to ensure they can be successful with standards 1-9 and even...what if...what if...they could work on manageable excerpts of complex text and meet standard 10, too!

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