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Common Core Aligned Writing Rubrics

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Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change

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“During the Rethinking Accountability conference last month in Washington, D.C., Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that by supporting the Common Core State Standards – which he calls “an important part of driving equitable change in our public school system” – we are also supporting greater investments in education to prepare effective teachers and provide the resources students need to succeed.”
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Common Core Testing: Back to using the cheapest tests for high stakes accountability?

Common Core Testing: Back to using the cheapest tests for high stakes accountability? | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
“Will states' decisions on testing result in better tests? Maybe not, research suggests.”Study asks, "What is the correspondence between ACT, SAT, PSAT, and PLAN and ELA standards for grades 9-10 and 11-12 and with the high school math standards for grades 9-12?""The level of alignment between these four high school tests and the Common Core State Standards is weak. David Coleman has essentially confirmed this observation in announcing plans for the re-design of the SAT."
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Common Core in the States May 2014

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:20 PM

Proud that AL is using the ACT suite of assessments.

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Introducing Academic Vocabulary

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) make academic vocabulary a shared responsibility across all academic domains. Although teachers can often identify the difference between high-frequency academic vocabulary (tier two words) and content-specific vocabulary (tier three words), many are unsure about the most effective way to introduce academic vocabulary to their students."
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PARCC and Smarter Balanced Common Core Testing: Practical IT infrastructure Tips and Hints

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PARCC and Smarter Balanced Common Core Testing: Practical IT infrastructure Tips and Hints
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The Interrater Reliability Protocol: A Must-Have for Writing Assessment

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In this post, Katie Novak explores a protocol to help build interrater reliability when scoring writing aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
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Experts grossly "underestimated the implementation challenges" of the #CommonCore because they never...

Experts grossly "underestimated the implementation challenges" of the #CommonCore because they never... | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
“For no current-affairs commentator do I have greater respect than Peggy Noonan, whose sagacity, common sense, plain-spokenness, and “big picture” view of things are as welcome—and rare—as the clarity and persuasiveness of her prose.”
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 10, 2014 12:02 PM

So-called experts grossly underestimated the implementation challenges of the Common Core State Standards!


Here's why:

  1. They never read the Standards.
  2. They never asked teachers or school leaders how long it would take to successfully implement the Common Core Standards.
  3. They never led a school or taught...for more than two years in a high-accountability environment.
  4. They never had to (successfully) implement new standards.
  5. They never improved student achievement or raised test scores.
  6. They never truly changed the expectations and mindsets of their teachers and staff.
  7. They never sustained school wide improvements over an extended period of time--a different kind of leadership.
  8. They never implemented a new, more rigorous curriculum school wide.
  9. They never attended, worked in, visited, or implemented a school wide literacy initiative with purposeful reading, writing, and discussion in every classroom, every day--a Common Core expectation.
  10. They never worked in a school that focused on 'assessment for learning'--do students know + can students apply what they know?
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Common Core should be a guide, not a straitjacket as some states (NY) have made them

Common Core should be a guide, not a straitjacket as some states (NY) have made them | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
“"Kids are not test scores and teachers are not algorithms, but we continue to put them in these boxes. This has to stop."”
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 10, 2014 4:55 PM

and the Common Core are Standards not tests or teacher evaluations!


Why are these complaints coming from a few states? Because these concerns relate directly to how inidividual states have chosen to implement the Standards at the same time they chose to implement new teacher evaluation systems and new state accountability systems--NY!

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Groundbreaking: We can predict cognitive styles, and here’s how | eSchool News | eSchool News | #learning

Groundbreaking: We can predict cognitive styles, and here’s how | eSchool News | eSchool News | #learning | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
“ According to a new cognitive matrix developed by scientists, a student’s learning style occurs for a reason—and can be predicted for the future.”
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Are You Prepared for the Common Core?

Is your district ready for Common Core? If not, you are not alone. According to a recent article, professional development remains a problem for many schools: Across the country, there is a substantial need for more teacher and leader professional development around the Common Core. Meeting... http://elearningfeeds.com/are-you-prepared-for-the-common-core/
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Hangout with BIE: Performance Tasks and PBL – Google+

Hangout with BIE: Performance Tasks and PBL – Google+ | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
BIE's Editor in Chief John Larmer is joined by Justin Wells, formerly at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity and now with Envision Schools, and BIE National Faculty member Andrew Miller to discuss how Project Based Learning can...
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Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS

Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
“Anyone reading this post right now -- whether on your computer, tablet or smartphone -- knows that the interfaces for reading have indeed changed. Whereas just a decade ago, touchscreens were still a”
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What the Common Core math standards mean for students

“If I asked you to multiply 12 x 50, would you grab a paper and pencil? Not if you were a student at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, where students participate in “Number Talks” relying purely on mental math strategies. During one recent session, a Hyalite fourth-grader used a technique called “doubling and halving” to conclude that since 12 x 50 is the same as 6 x 100, which is the same as 3 x 200, the correct answer is 600. Another classmate related the problem to money, reasoning that 50 cents is half of a dollar, and that 12 half-dollars equals six dollars, or 600 cents. A third student decomposed 12 into 10 and 2 (numbers she said her brain liked) to deduce that 10 x 50 is 500, and 2 x 50 is 100, and adding 500 and 100 together totals 600.”
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Common Core in the States: Mapping the Future of Testing in America (INTERACTIVE)

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Transitioning to the Common Core through Problems of Practice

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“One of the mechanisms to engage teachers in reflection and collaboration around implementation of the common core is through a Problems of Practice protocol, abbreviated POPs. Every 6 to 8 weeks 3...”
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With Shift to CCSS, New Training for Teachers is Key

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Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products

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RT @AchieveInc: New #CCSS-aligned resources have been posted on the #EQuIP page http://t.co/CT0EwSqPoH w/ a new unit from UT's Mathematics …
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State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

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“The Common Core is at a critical juncture. While many surveys show that support for the standards themselves remains strong, implementation has not been without major challenges.”" In August and September 2013, the research team at Fordham interviewed officials and policy advocates in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts and New York) to glean how they are approaching accountability in the transition to the Common Core. While we found nuances in each state, four trends emerged. - - The accountability moratorium is here. Punitive consequences associated with accountability are largely being put on hold during the transition to Common Core. - Overall, states are treading carefully and strategically with assessments, since the quality of the forthcoming tests is still unknown. - While state education agencies express conviction that teachers are being adequately prepared to teach the new standards, the quality and effectiveness of Common Core trainings and professional development is unclear. - Though ESEA waivers were granted to give states additional flexibility, states are now finding themselves locked into a set of new, yet still restrictive federal policies.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 29, 2014 9:56 AM

I strongly disagree with this statement: "State education agencies express conviction that teachers are being adequately prepared to teach the new standards, the quality and effectiveness of Common Core trainings and professional development is unclear."


This implies that schools of education are preparing new teachers to fulfill just one of the many promises of the CCSS--literacy is a "shared responsibility" across all content areas. In fact, this is absolutely not the case and has never been the case. Schools, particularly secondary schools have very little capacity to deliver on this promise, which is why the transition to the CSSS will be a long and arduous one.

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What's the case for the common core?

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Chris talks with Randi Weingarten and Sabrina Joy Stevens about the controversy over Common Core.
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The Secret of (cross-content) Literacy

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Under new college- and career-ready standards, literacy--purposeful reading, writing and discussion--is an expectation. The Secret of Literacy is written for all teachers, bu "it’s definitely not aimed at English teachers."
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 10, 2014 10:50 PM

Three reasons to integrate literacy across all content areas:

  1. We all teach English, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing it well. 
  2. Explicitly teaching academic literacy can provide a level playing field for less privileged pupils.
  3. Improving pupils’ literacy also makes them better at your subject.
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'What Works' Guide Offers Insights on Math Problem-Solving

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The Case for Delaying Implementation of the Common Core Standards

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"Even supporters of Common Core State Standards are arguing for delaying implementation, while increasing the capacity for collaboration during the transition process. In this segment, we examine the case for postponing implementation and discuss how a reasonable timetable might be determined."#CommonCore Radio
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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, April 25, 2014 2:37 PM

"Now, Fariña has the power to reimagine the way educators across the city teach reading and writing in the age of the Common Core. Already, the chancellor has promised a top-to-bottom review of the city’s recommended curriculums. And to lead a citywide Common Core literacy training next month, her administration brought in Calkins’ group."

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National 'Common Core' standards, changing education on all levels

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National 'Common Core' standards, changing education on all levels Campus Times The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an educational initiative for kindergarten through 12th grade designed to mandate the content taught at each level, has been...
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Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation

Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation | Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
Quick Links Executive Summary (PDF 1.5 MB) Full Report (PDF 4.1 MB) Image: Key Findings For the Press Join the NCLE Network Key Findings: Nationw (If there is one report on CCSS implementation that teachers...
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