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What the Mind Needs to Do to Read Nonfiction #excellent

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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With the ongoing transition to new standards and assessments in the United States, this scoop.it is intended to curate all materials relevant to implementation of the standards and preparation for next generation assessments.
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The Common Core Debate Should Deal With Facts, Not Fiction

The Common Core Debate Should Deal With Facts, Not Fiction | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
Our education reform debate needs to stay grounded in reality.
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Let’s set record straight about Common Core

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FSSD board member Robin Newman says schools have bigger concerns than state standards
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Report: Over-filtering of Internet Content Hurts K-12 Education -- THE Journal

Report: Over-filtering of Internet Content Hurts K-12 Education -- THE Journal | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
According to “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later,” a report from the American Library Association (ALA), schools and libraries are routinely filtering Internet content far more than what the...
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Common Core: What it is, what it isn't and why it's political

Common Core: What it is, what it isn't and why it's political | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
What a week for adversaries of the Common Core State Standards CCSS http //www corestandards org/about the standards/frequently asked questions/ ! On Wednesday Glenn Beck famous radio and TV
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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 Online | 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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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 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.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 10:24 AM

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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Informational Writing Goals-Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

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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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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 27, 12:19 PM

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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Why Do Americans Stink at Math? or The Promise of Common Core

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? or  The Promise of Common Core | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it. (RT @NYTimesLearning: Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
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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 Online | 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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PARCC chief on shifting mindsets with next generation assessment

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Chalkbeat ColoradoPARCC chief says new tests “beautiful tools”Chalkbeat Colorado“I think they're really beautiful tools, but they're just tests,” the CEO of the PARCC testing group told Colorado school administrators Friday.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 10:48 AM

I, too, believe that PARCC assessments are representative tools that enhance teaching and learning rather than cumbersome add-ons that detract from teaching. As standards-based assessments rather than content-based tests, these tools can guide instruction.

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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

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With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks.
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Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Develop Performance Tasks for the Common Core

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A framework for linking English-language development with #CCSS ELA

The State Board of Education will act on the draft ELA/ELD Framework at their July 9-10, 2014, meeting. A final prepublication draft of the ELA/ELD framework will be posted later this summer.
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​Computerized Common Core Testing Poses Worthy Challenge for Schools

​Computerized Common Core Testing Poses Worthy Challenge for Schools | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
This spring, over 5.2 million students across the country “tested the test” that will assess Common Core Standards starting next year. As Jaci King, Director of Higher Education Collaboration at Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, explains, “the field test was an opportunity not only in helping
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Math professor musings on common core math standards

Math professor musings on common core math standards | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
Much of the resistance to the CCSS is political: the democratic President of the United States has endorsed the CCSS, so there is automatic opposition from the Tea Party, Republicans, and Libertarians, who argue that the ...
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Don't waste Common Core effort

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Gov. Scott Walker wrong to badmouth higher standards for Wisconsin students.
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Les Howard's curator insight, July 30, 1:26 PM

Quote from article: "Learning to read well and do complicated math should be a shared expectation, not a dicey political dispute. The Common Core standards for what students should know at each grade level — not just the facts, but how to think critically — will help prepare our nation for fierce global competition."

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Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary): Body Text of Discursive essays

Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary): Body Text of Discursive essays | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
This is my seventh post on discursive writing. For my first post, please click here. For this post, we will delve into the inner mechanics of the body text of discursive essays. While introductory ...
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Educating parents about Common Core

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Parents walked away from a Common Core training session at Spring Hill Middle School Monday with a greater understanding of the state standards and a formative deadline for when those standards will be assessed.
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Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary level) (Part 8): Conclusion of Discursive essays

Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary level) (Part 8): Conclusion of Discursive essays | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
This is my eighth and final post on discursive writing. For my first post, please click here. Finally, we have reached the last part of this series on discursive writings, which is on conclusions o...
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Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for Students

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Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for StudentsWall Street JournalResults of the project, which was conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, showed that students could edit text with word-processing tools.
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Interview with a middle school math teacher, Fawn Nguyen, on the Common Core

Interview with a middle school math teacher, Fawn Nguyen, on the Common Core | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
[Cross-posted from mathbabe.org, Cathy O'Neil's blog.] Today’s post is an email interview with Fawn Nguyen, who teaches math at Mesa Union Junior High in southern California. Fawn is on the leadership team for UCSB Mathematics Project that provides...
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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 Online | 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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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 10:44 AM

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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This Might Be The Reason A Lot Of Americans Are Still Bad At Math

This Might Be The Reason A Lot Of Americans Are Still Bad At Math | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
Business Insider AustraliaThis Might Be The Reason A Lot Of Americans Are Still Bad At MathsBusiness Insider AustraliaThe problem is, according to The Times, that teachers aren't given the right tools to implement the new methods.
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Maryland to use much harder #CommonCore #PARCC tests for high school graduation requirement

Maryland to use much harder #CommonCore #PARCC tests for high school graduation requirement | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland's public high schools.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 12:08 PM

Maryland is wise to "phase in" the assessments.


The tests, generally given by the time students finish the 10th grade, will be phased in starting with this fall's rising freshmen and sophomores.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 11:04 AM

Prudence guides wise thinking in deciding when to use new assessments as major indicators of high school success rewarded by graduation. Maryland has multiple ways for students to show their proficiencies. According to the article, "students can still complete a project if they are unable to pass the PARCC tests...." With that decision, Maryland demonstrates a use of common wisdom in understanding that using a single and untested assessment as the gatekeeper of graduation for the state's students lacks a sense of prudence.

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Report Finds Higher Education Slow to Adapt to #CommonCore

Report Finds Higher Education Slow to Adapt to #CommonCore | Common Core Online | Scoop.it
A paper from the New America Foundation sees a disconnect between the rollout of the Common Core State Standards and higher education policies.

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Mathematics Standards Maps for Higher Mathematics - Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Materials (CA Dept of Education)

The Higher Mathematics Courses Standards Maps were developed to assist LEAs in their selection of instructional materials for high school. The standards maps provide a valuable tool for LEAs in their review and adoption of instructional materials.
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Independent Learning Through the Common Core | ReGear Learning

Independent Learning Through the Common Core | ReGear Learning | Common Core Online | Scoop.it

Independent learning may emerge as the big winner from the introduction of the Common Core. It is empowering for a budding independent learner to have clarity about the year ahead and the expectations of their teachers. Educators have a responsibility to provide that clarity and the Common Core helps.

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