The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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.
Based on what I've read in the draft standards, I don't think there's any doubt that history is important.Sure the standards don't dictate which events we must study, but they do require us to study history in order to think historically. Let's take a look at grade 6.
The Common Core State Standards, now in their fourth year in New York, continue to have a huge effect on teaching and learning throughout the state and the country, with voices raised both for and against them.
We said it was unfair to ask teachers to accept a teacher evaluation model based on student performance on standardized tests unless, one, those tests were based on the Common Core and, two, the teachers had had several years to develop the skills and create the curricula needed to implement the Common Core. But, even then, we think the Department’s model is deeply flawed. Our model is very much a professional growth model. We don’t believe in a model of teacher evaluation in which a percent of the evaluation is based on student test scores; that is why we submitted a matrix model of assessment, which cannot be used to associate student test scores with individual students. That model was ultimately approved by the Department.
Nearly half the teachers in the classroom said in August that have not been adequately prepared to teach to the Common Core - learning standards that emphasize reasoning over rote memorization.
That national survey got us wondering
Mel Riddile's insight:
Teacher Training Programs Impacted By Common Core Standards.
NPR (10/15, Hansen) “State Impact” reports on how colleges in the state of Ohio have changed their curriculum to better prepare future teachers to lead instruction in the Common Core Standards. The state’s 13 public universities with teacher prep programs “all say they have made curriculum changes,” but until the state legislators formally tell professors to prep future educators for the standards, there is no guarantee of widespread instruction.
The Teaching Channel offers 935 brief (most less than 10 min) selections, organized and cross-indexed by Subject, Grade, and Topic. Great for individual use, group discussions, or professional development activities.
Each video is accompanied by questions for consideration and direct connections to CCSS, along with additional details. Many have accompanying transcripts.
Registration is free and allows teachers to take, share, and save notes as they view videos as well as enjoy other benefits.
One night, my son brought me his homework and he was marked wrong (yet again) even when his work was correct. After dealing with my frustrations, I realized what she was trying to teach my son something very important. She wanted him to attend to precision. The very skills that I demand in my own students when they came to tutoring!
And so the pendulum swung for me this previous school year while I sorted out my feelings and own misconceptions about Common Core Math. I decided to confront some of my own thoughts and frustrations. I started to read Common Core Standards beyond the grades that I tutored. I read the suggested pacing guide and got a more complete picture. While reading, I discovered something that teachers should be telling parents...the standard algorithm that we grew up using is in there!Imagine that. Starting in third grade, the standard algorithm shows up. Students are expected to know how to add and subtract the "old school" way.
"Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms
based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship
Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Wednesday that she'll ask the federal government to delay the rollout of a new and controversial state exam for grade school students this spring.
Chicago Schools Chief To Request Delay On PARCC Exam.
The Chicago Tribune (10/21) reports Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Wednesday she will be asking the US Department of Education to delay full implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test. Instead, Byrd-Bennett will talk about expanding a pilot program for the test as concerns over the “more rigorous” Common Core Standards are rising.
The Chicago Sun-Times (10/23) reports that state officials have already told Byrd-Bennett that she could not delay implementation as it would “jeopardize its federal funding for poor children by granting CPS an exception to the law requiring the test.” Byrd-Bennett said that her decisions has the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union and many school principals have complained about the time involved in administering the PARCC. The article notes that the main reason the state denied the first request by Byrd-Bennett to delay the exam was that it does not have the authority to grant the delay.
The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series.
"The Common Core State Standards require students to think more than ever. But to think and describe this thinking, a student needs strong language skills. This language is often called “academic language,” though its features vary widely across subject areas, texts, and classrooms. Like fish in water, most of us rarely recognize the fact that almost any cognitive act involves language. We have worked with a wide range of educators who are striving to meet the many language needs of English learners in this era of new standards. And in this work we have come across several of what we call “under-realized principles.”
Standards are set at the state level and define learning goals. Curriculum is the actual content that is taught and is usually chosen and developed at the local level, often by the teachers themselves, as this veteran math educator explains.
It’s an understandable mix-up for someone who doesn’t cover education everyday, but it’s still stoking the resistance to Common Core because opponents claim that common standards will lead to uniform curriculum.
SHERIDAN — The Common Core State Standards continue to be an ongoing hot topic of conversation in Sheridan County and elsewhere, as is evident by the persisting debates and pre-election positioning on the issue. While it is commonly stated that there is much discourse between supporters and critics to the standards, there appears to be Read More
California Conditions Optimal For Common Core Implementation.
EdSource Today (10/17, Mongeau) reports California may be in a better position than other states to implement Common Core “without significant resistance.” Among the reasons California is in this position are that “all major legislative bodies – and relevant office holders – support the Common Core,” and that “field tests prepared students for taking Smarter Balanced tests in the spring of 2015.” Despite the political support, “what is still unknown is whether the new standards will achieve their long-term goal: ensuring that students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or other career pathways.”
Ohio’s new learning standards (Common Core) are a shift away from a focus on memorized facts that are tested then forgotten to content that is learned, practiced, mastered and applied to real world problems.
No one knows how kids will score on the new Common Core exams from PARCC, so any grades from those tests will be delayed for months while PARCC states sort them out.
Ohio BOE: Spring Common Core Test Results Likely To Be Delayed.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/15) reports that according to Ohio Board of Education Vice Chairman Tom Gunlock, results from the PARCC tests this coming spring in the state “won’t be available for months – possibly not until 2016.” The article notes that state test results are typically released in August, and notes that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers “won’t make a key and potentially controversial decision until next fall – what test scores will count as good ones and what scores count as bad ones.”
The second annual National Student Clearinghouse Resource Center Benchmarks Report analyzes the college-going patterns of 3.5 million students and finds income is the prime predictor.
Mel Riddile's insight:
The Center shows that enrolling in a four-year college is most closely linked to attending a high-income school. While 73 percent of students from high-income, low-minority, suburban schools enrolled in college right after high school graduation, the college-enrollment rate at low-income schools ranged from 47 percent to 58 percent, according to the report.
Once income is controlled for, there was no difference in college-going rates between urban, suburban, and rural high-minority schools.
As publishers continue to flood the market with “Common Core” aligned materials, the task of sifting through and weeding out the good from the bad becomes increasingly more difficult. Educators are particularly concerned about which materials to purchase to support students’ ability to read “closely and carefully.” In response to this growing concern, we offer you the following three questions to ask as you evaluate and vet the materials you are considering for your school.
Common Core opponents across state are not only quarreling, but also distorting the facts
In Tennessee, the growing and unfortunate disconnect between workers and job readiness is causing some of the state’s biggest employers — Volkswagen, Nissan and Bridgestone, to name a few — to set up and pay for their own education programs to help employees get the basic skills they need to work.
According to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, by 2021 Nashville is estimated to have more than 35,000 job openings that will be hard to fill — even though there are more than 220,000 Tennesseans unemployed today. And why? you might ask. Simply put, there won’t be enough skilled or credentialed workers in the area to fill them.
The problem of not educating enough skilled and career-ready workers isn’t Tennessee’s alone.
The new standards may change how your child experiences reading, math, and writing. Get the lowdown on what will — and won't — be emphasized in class.
Mel Riddile's insight:
"Parents can expect to hear the word “evidence” a lot under the new Common Core State Standards — beginning in the earliest grades. As the standards are rolled out in schools across the country, even very young children will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate how they know what they know. In kindergarten, for example, students may “show evidence” by pointing to pictures in a book they’re reading. In math, they may stack blocks to show that three plus three equals six. By the fourth grade, kids will be asked to write argument papers with multiple reasons for their opinion, each with concrete pieces of evidence."
EasyBib helps educators provide students with the tools they need to do credible and ethical research, while allowing them to track student progress and understanding before they hand in their final paper. EasyBib has also been recently integrated into Google Docs allowing students to easily and properly cite their resources with one single click.