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Summary of PARCC in MA

Summary of PARCC in MA | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
Massachusetts is a Governing State in PARCC Consortium Commissioner Mitchell Chester currently serves as the Chair of the PARCC Governing Board.  Bob Bickerton, Senior Associate Commissioner at the...
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This mostly has to do with the implementation of the Common Core PARCC assesment in Massachusetts but it provides readers with a comprehensive overview of what how the Common Core is going to be implemented over time, as well as what the PARCC assesment is.  The PARCC is a standardized test that will be used by various school districts but mostly I want to know how the students will be assessed that is different from the old way.  I have talked to my cooperating teacher and she is not a fan of the PARCC because she beleives it is too difficult.  This is something I would like to investigate.

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10 Things Your Kids May Never Read Because Common Core Neglects Cursive

10 Things Your Kids May Never Read Because Common Core Neglects Cursive | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
 One of the casualties of the Common Core standards may be that this generation of children will never learn cursive handwriting because the new standards emphasize keyboard skills and fail to includ
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This was interesting to read because I remember having to learn cursive in third grade; every night I would have to copy, recopy, and then recreate the capital and lower case versions of every letter.  However, every year cursive was deemphasized until the 10th grade when we had to take SATs and almost no one could write the pledge in cursive.  This article makes a great point in that if kids don't read and write in cursive they won't be able to read America's most important documents, i.e. The Declaration of Independence or The Gettysburg Address.While I don't think it should be a priority to learn cursive, I think it would help for students to have at least a basic grasp of it so they can read documents like these.

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Common Core: The Obamacare of Education

Common Core: The Obamacare of Education | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
At least a dozen states are now delaying or rethinking their implementation of the new Common Core educational standards, as opposition from parents and teachers grows.
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This article talks about the Common Core being a federal education program, which confuses me because I always thought it was state imposed.  One of the biggest problems with Common Core is that educators are unsure of how to impose the new standards and parents are unhappy with the difficulty their children are having at school.  There are class and race differences being emphasized by supporters of the new standards.  As the difficulties of the new curricula are seen, states are backing out of the Common Core and reverting to their old standards of teaching and education.  It is hard to ignore these issues as new teachers because, for the most part, these are the standards we will have to teach.  We to be prepared for the problems we will face and therefore we can improve upon the programs.

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Duncan apologizes for ‘white suburban moms’ Common Core controversy

Duncan apologizes for ‘white suburban moms’ Common Core controversy | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
Education Secretary Arne Duncan was forced to apologize on Monday for an impolitic comment he made over the Common Core, a sweeping effort to standardize national education that’s angered a diverse coalition of parents nationwide.
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While this article was written about Arne Duncan's insolent comment about "white suburban moms," it also serves to highlight the parents' beliefs against the Common Core standards.  Many parents are infuriated at what they believe is a government run education and that by the new standards, many of their kids are failing their standardized tests.  I believe that the Common Core is a good standard to move towards because the standards of education worldwide are changing as the needs of the world change.  However, I can still sympathize with the parents because the Common Core doesn't seem to be introduced to schools well.  Before we continue to introduce Common Core standards and fail children by these standardds, we should figure out how to rework the education system and get kids to a satisfactory level where they can pass exams and learn what is necessary.

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Valley schools struggle to meet new Common Core academic standards - Fresno Bee

Valley schools struggle to meet new Common Core academic standards - Fresno Bee | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
Fresno Bee Valley schools struggle to meet new Common Core academic standards Fresno Bee Valley school districts are hustling this fall to train teachers, buy new supplies and upgrade technology to be ready for new academic standards that overhaul...
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This article raises an interesting point that although parents and teachers know what the common core is, they are unsure of how to implement it.  The kids are also learning more at a younger age, which I am beginning to see in my cooperating classroom.  The third graders I have are learning algebra in the beginning of the year.  When I was in third grade, I think multiplication was the hardest thing we did.  I don't think I did algebra until middle school.

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Common Core Standards Elementary Writing Rubric

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Common Core Standards Elementary Writing Rubric, Common Core Standards, Writing Rubrics, Second Grade Lesson Plan
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This website offers sample writing rubrics for elementary classrooms based on the new Common Core standards.  This rubric rates Development as the most important part of the paper.  The main idea is that children will focus on developing ideas more than just stating an opinion without following through.  A lot of writing I read from kids and even my own peers suggests that this hasn't been important in classrooms before.  I think it's important for kids to learn how to develop their arguments and ideas to write stronger papers. 

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Summary of PARCC in MA

Summary of PARCC in MA | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
Massachusetts is a Governing State in PARCC Consortium Commissioner Mitchell Chester currently serves as the Chair of the PARCC Governing Board.  Bob Bickerton, Senior Associate Commissioner at the...
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This mostly has to do with the implementation of the Common Core PARCC assesment in Massachusetts but it provides readers with a comprehensive overview of what how the Common Core is going to be implemented over time, as well as what the PARCC assesment is.  The PARCC is a standardized test that will be used by various school districts but mostly I want to know how the students will be assessed that is different from the old way.  I have talked to my cooperating teacher and she is not a fan of the PARCC because she beleives it is too difficult.  This is something I would like to investigate.

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Study: Teachers Must Shift Focus In Common Core - Talk Business

Study: Teachers Must Shift Focus In Common Core - Talk Business | Common Core in the US | Scoop.it
A majority of American English and reading teachers surveyed in 2012 said the new Common Core State Standards will improve  Continue Reading »
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I found this to be an interesting article to read because it highlights ways in which the curriclum of Language Arts and Literature  classes will be changed.  The Common Core suggests that text is more important than concepts, so what teachers teach and the way they teach will have to change to match the new standards.  This seems to be the part of Common Core that is up in the air and confusing.  I have read papers by other students and know that grammar and writing is problematic for a lot of students.  Under this system, would these issues be addressed?

 

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