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High School Students Are Reading Books At 5th-Grade-Appropriate Levels: Report

High School Students Are Reading Books At 5th-Grade-Appropriate Levels: Report | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
High school students today are reading books intended for children with reading levels far below those appropriate for teens, according to a recent report.
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mrsheadley's comment, March 28, 2012 10:37 PM
I read this article last week & it just got my dander up...another seeming attempt at "teacher bashing", in my opinion. I hope that the readers of the HP article will read the full text-including the actual list of top books read by high schoolers-NONE of which are developmentally appropriate for 5th graders! Interest is a much more powerful indicator of what students will read than lexile...especially when they are reading for pleasure.
McKenna Welch's curator insight, February 20, 12:29 PM

The average reading level of a high schooler in America is hardly above a fifth grade level. The reading portion in the SAT has shockingly gone done over the years. It is surprising to me that the top 25 books in the library are simply at a fourth and fifth grade level. These fact surprised me because that is no where near the level necessary to be at a college level which leads students to struggle when furthering their education.

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Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Leader Action Brief | Achieve

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Leader Action Brief | Achieve | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These Action Briefs for school leaders are a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, released this with support from MetLife Foundation.

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Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications

Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"Let me give you a math story problem." This sentence often strikes fear in many middle grades students as well as some teachers. As international comparisons, national commissions, and state assessment results confirm, students have difficulty solving mathematical applications problems (Lester, 2007; U. S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Science, 2007; TIMMS, 2003; McREL, 2002; National Research Council, 2002; Illinois State Board of Education, 1997).
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The Common Core difference, from a teacher’s perspective - Hechinger Report

The Common Core difference, from a teacher’s perspective - Hechinger Report | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In 2012 I moved from Mississippi to New York City to teach at a charter elementary school in Harlem. My 27 fifth grade students had reading levels ranging from third to eighth grade. They grew up speaking 14 different languages in their homes, which were scattered from the far reaches of Brooklyn to the South Bronx. I had spoken word poets, Lego masters, dancers, and chess fiends. One gave me a hug every hour, on the hour. Others had to be coaxed into speaking.
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Common Core Test Anxiety

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A new front has opened in the Common Core wars — over testing contracts. The high-stakes battle is undermining one of the Obama administration’s most prized initiatives: its vision, backed by more than $370 million in federal funds, of testing students across the country on a common set of exams in math, reading and writing. The administration...
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Common Core Will Improve Education, Most District Chiefs Say

Common Core Will Improve Education, Most District Chiefs Say | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted by Gallup in partnership with Education Week probes the views of superintendents on the common core, recruiting and evaluating teachers, and district finances, among other topics.
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About two-thirds of district superintendents said they believe the Common Core State Standards will improve the quality of education in their communities, while 22 percent said the standards will have no effect, according to the results from a new poll.

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Michigan Drops Common-Core Test, But Might Still Use Its Questions

Michigan Drops Common-Core Test, But Might Still Use Its Questions | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Michigan will not administer the Smarter Balanced test in 2014-15, but there's more to the story when it comes to the state's next assessment.
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Why Grammar Is Important

Why Grammar Is Important | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student worries about having several Asian Students in his or her class for fear that they will raise the cu...
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Teachers more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties

Teachers more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
First-grade teachers in the United States may need to change their instructional practices if they are to raise the mathematics achievement of students with mathematics difficulties (MD), according to new research. The study found that first-grade teachers in classrooms with higher percentages of students with MD were more likely to be using ineffective instructional practices with these students.
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What kind of instruction is taking place in the classrooms with the most at risk students?  It is important to know what is happening and what is effective. Read on.......

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New York is the canary in the #CommonCore mine

New York is the canary in the #CommonCore mine | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
'Let’s take a look at the tests, as well as the cut scores, in order to better understand the continuing march of New York’s reformist lemmings right over the cliff of reason.'
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ACT exam set to better reflect #CommonCore

ACT exam set to better reflect #CommonCore | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Changes to the ACT exam will bring the test more in line with Common Core State Standards next year.
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"Core focus Student performance on the test will be aggregated into two new "readiness indicators" that reflect areas of focus for the CCSS curriculum. Scores in the math and science sections of the test will be folded into one STEM score. A combination of scores from the English, reading and optional writing portions will be combined to form a language arts rating. A "career readiness indicator" representing performance in skills most desired by employers will also be added to the test results, according to The Washington Post."

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Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities, Study Says

Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities, Study Says | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Music, movement, and manipulatives, while fun, may hinder students struggling in math, study suggests.

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"neither struggling nor regularly achieving math students improved when using manipulatives, calculators, music, or movement strategies; these activities actually decreased student learning in some cases. Ironically, a regression analysis of the classes found teachers became more likely to use these strategies in classes with higher concentrations of students with math difficulties."

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Resources for the #CommonCore

From the Collaborative for Student Success

Common Core State Standards resources for the following:

  • State Policymakers
  • Parents
  • Business
  • Educators


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Is this really how we should test reading development in kids?

Is this really how we should test reading development in kids? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A test that has been used since 2001 and given to millions of young students is critiqued.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 2, 12:46 PM

Educational managers and reformers are quite caught up in assigning a number to the learning children undertake. It makes more sense to make the learning enjoyable. Teaching is an invitational event which brings children into safe spaces where learning can happen.

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Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change

Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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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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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Teachers union takes on Common Core

Teachers union takes on Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The AFT will also consider a resolution — drafted by its executive council — asserting that the promise of the Common Core has been corrupted by political manipulation, administrative bungling, corporate profiteering and an invalid scoring system designed to ensure huge numbers of kids fail the new math and language arts exams that will be rolled out next spring. An even more pointed resolution flat out opposing the standards will also likely come up for a vote.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/american-federation-of-teachers-common-core-108793.html#ixzz37AZ8g1lY

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Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints

Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Do typical arguments for why the common-core math standards are supposedly problematic really make sense?
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Survey Reveals Worries About Schools' Readiness for Online Testing

Survey Reveals Worries About Schools' Readiness for Online Testing | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The use of technology, including "bring-your-own-device" programs, is increasingly common in K-12 schools, but significant needs remain, according to the Software & Information Industry Association.
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While schools' access to technology continues to increase, roughly 60 percent of K-12 officials surveyed by an industry group do not feel their schools have the bandwidth or devices to make them ready for summative, online testing.

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"We are in the middle of a two-year tryout of the PARCC test, said Mitchell Chester, Mass.

"We are in the middle of a two-year tryout of the PARCC test, said Mitchell Chester, Mass. | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"We are in the middle of a two-year tryout of the PARCC test, said Mitchell Chester, commissioner of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). "You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it out for a test drive."

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Growth Mindset and Deeper Learning

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Teaching students that they can become smarter and learn to capabilities is at the heart of the Growth Mindset theory. Learn how schools are bringing a growth mindset into their classrooms to allow students to succeed like never before.
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"growth mindset has the power to stick and transform how we think, act and talk in ways that propel students powerfully into their future."

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PTA Common Core Videos - The Hunt Institute

PTA Common Core Videos - The Hunt Institute | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"This video series was developed through a partnership with the National PTA to support their ongoing effort to provide accurate information about the Common Core State Standards. The videos raise the voices of students, parents, teachers, school leaders and policymakers with a particular focus on educator reflections on the value and implications of the new standards. The videos include two main videos that focus on college and career ready standards. Additionally, there are 10 vignettes that focus on specific topics and voices."

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Meeting common core standards for math

Meeting common core standards for math | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. Both the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment are placing more emphasis on students' abilities to construct, communicate, and critique mathematical arguments, as well as setting the bar a little higher for the depth of conceptual understanding students need.
  2. An emphasis on argumentation and communicating reasoning supports both goals.
  3. It moves beyond students using mathematical procedures, algorithms, or formulas.
  4. While students need to develop skills and fluency with procedures, they also need to understand the mathematical reasoning behind when you would use these procedures and why. A focus on argumentation and reasoning also means greater emphasis on expressing ideas verbally and in written form.


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"These new demands represent a fundamental shift for teachers and students and for teacher educators."

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The Shift From Teaching Content To Teaching Learning

The Shift From Teaching Content To Teaching Learning | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“I didn’t know they could think!” an excited high school principal blurted out.


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David Hain's curator insight, June 26, 3:23 AM

Give a man a fish...

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Writing in Math a "Dual Benefit": A Research Summary

Writing in Math a "Dual Benefit": A Research Summary | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"mathematics students who have experiences with written communication can experience the rich, deep conceptual learning envisioned by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."

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  1. According to the National Institute for Literacy (2007), the improvement of students' writing skills is related to students' capacity to learn.
  2. writing in the mathematics classroom promotes a deeper understanding of concepts and procedures.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 26, 10:59 AM

"The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000, p. 60) highlights that, "Students who have opportunities, encouragement, and support for speaking, writing, reading and listening in mathematics classes reap dual benefits: they communicate to learn mathematics, and they learn to communicate mathematically."

Leann Bullard's curator insight, June 28, 3:21 PM

Writing in math is a must for comprehension, application, and transfer into long term memory.  We solve problems; we write for mastery.

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Find Your State | The Guide to Technology Requirements

Find Your State | The Guide to Technology Requirements | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

from State Educational Technology Directors Association

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Over 400,000 Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Over 400,000 Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Lesson Planet is a website that provides teachers with a convenient place where they can search for, discover, and share standard-correlated lesson plan resources. Teachers can search over 400.000 online lesson-planning resources reviewed and rated by a team of credentialed teachers. Lesson Planet also provides worksheets, presentations, educational videos and several other good materials to use in your class.

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