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Practical Guidance on Pre-Reading Lessons

Practical Guidance on Pre-Reading Lessons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy


"The common core will require that we use challenging texts and many students will struggle. Various supports, scaffolds, and motivation will be needed to allow students to read hard texts successfully."

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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 | College and Career-Ready 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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Common Core Is Working, With Evidence

Common Core Is Working, With Evidence | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As states have begun to implement Common Core State Standards in earnest, controversy around the initiative has swelled.
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Teachers on the Common Core: Familiarity Breeds Approval

Teachers on the Common Core: Familiarity Breeds Approval | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers are about evenly split on whether they approve or disapprove of the common core; elementary teachers and those with the most experience implementing them view them the most favorably.
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Common Core and Journalism Education | PBS

Common Core and Journalism Education | PBS | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When I first asked an educator friend to explain the Common Core standards to me, she said, It boils down to agreements on what kids should learn and when. Sounded simple to me.
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5 Reasons to Use Performance Tasks

5 Reasons to Use Performance Tasks | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

An upcoming trend in the teaching world is using Performance Tasks.  Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium defines Performance Tasks as response items that "measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness."  I am a firm believer in these Performance Tasks and I believe they should be implemented into classrooms worldwide when both practicing and testing skills.  I have also been doing a lot of research about the topic and have compiled my "5 Reasons to Use Performance Tasks" in the classroom.

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Academic Discussions: Analyzing Complex Texts

Academic Discussions: Analyzing  Complex Texts | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ways to support your ELLs with discussions. Here we see ELLs analyze complex test with small groups and academic discussions.
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Assessment Administration Guidance | PARCC

PARCC is committed to keeping state and local leaders informed as they prepare to administer the PARCC assessments in 2014-2015.

 

2014-2015 Assessment Administration Guidance

Watch for policy, guidance and technical assistance materials soon.
 
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Rice Offers First Free Advanced Placement MOOC

Rice Offers First Free Advanced Placement MOOC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Rice University has released a free Advanced Placement biology course on edX in a milestone move to bring college-level courses to high school students."


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Educators for High Standards

Educators for High Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As states, districts, and schools implement the Common Core State Standards and aligned tests, the enlightened voices of teachers, principals, and other educators are essential. We are dedicated to...
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Schools ask feds for delay on new standardized test

Schools ask feds for delay on new standardized test | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.

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At the Core of Common Core: Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters)

At the Core of Common Core:  Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.”

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, October 22, 9:25 PM

This blog post gives excellent suggestions on how every teacher AND STAFF MEMBER can be involved with CCSS and with improving achievement . If 'academic language' becomes common throughout your school, thinking skills might improve at the same time.

Nicole Nico's curator insight, October 30, 1:25 AM

This discusses how common core will strengthen people's oral speaking especially those of ESL students. Unfortunately, a lot of students do not learn enough vocabulary words as they need to, to function in society. Some never learn and some learn to late, some repeat words never truly understanding it's meaning. Common core wants to focus on the idea of emphasizing the importance of not only understanding oral language but for one to embrace the language with their own notion.

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Standards are not the same as curriculum!

Standards are not the same as curriculum! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
standards are not the same as curriculum.

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.
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Dispelling the myths of Common Core

Dispelling the myths of Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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

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How Kentucky became a Common Core success story

How Kentucky became a Common Core success story | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The state was the first to jump on the bandwagon for the new standards, and has had better luck than other states.
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10 Tips for Close Reading Success

10 Tips for Close Reading Success | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Here is a quick round-up of the ten tips for close reading success:
  • Select Short Passages
  • Make Your Focus Intense
  • Extend Focus Through the Text
  • Students Markup the Text as They Read
  • Encourage Exploratory Discussions
  • Encourage Rereading
  • Read in Every Subject Area
  • Annotate the Text
  • Use Close Reading Marks Independently
  • Use Close Reading Strategically in Small Bites
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Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity

Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards represent an important step toward closing achievement gaps and opening the door to higher-paying science, technology, engineering, and math jobs for millions of low-income girls and girls of color.
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Achieve Posts 50th Common Core-Aligned Lesson through EQuIP Initiative

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Achieve Posts 50th Common Core-Aligned Lesson through EQuIP Initiative


Washington, D.C. - October 28, 2014 - For implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to be successful, all educators need access to high quality and aligned instructional materials. Achieve launched the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) initiative to build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools. EQuIP builds on a collaborative effort of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island that Achieve facilitated, which resulted in a set of criterion-based rubrics designed for educators to use in evaluating the quality and alignment of lessons and units. 


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“test scores plummeted” for Colorado students: "few are college- and career-ready"

“test scores plummeted” for Colorado students: "few are college- and career-ready" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Few Colorado students were on track to be college- and career-ready 


Colorado Student Scores Drop On New Exam.

Colorado Public Radio (10/28, Brundin) reports “test scores plummeted” for Colorado students who took the Colorado Measures of Academic Success exams last spring. However, officials said the falling scores “were expected” as the new exam reflects “higher academic standards.” One third of elementary and middle school students are at grade level or above, according to the scores.

        The Denver Post (10/28, Gorski) reports the test scores had a sobering effect as the state roles out a new phase of testing and notes that only 17 percent of fourth graders scored in the top two categories of the social studies tests. Officials and advocates pointed out that the test scores were anticipated. The test scores may also create a backlash against testing advocates, especially as opposition builds against Common Core standards.

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Math Fluency Without Fear

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Number sense is one of the most important areas of mathematics - but publishers and districts often encourage the opposite – the blind memorization of math facts. In this short paper we summarize s...


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Teachers share their insights on Common Core

Teachers share their insights on Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The new Common Core way of teaching has been challenging, interesting, stressful and fun, San Francisco teachers told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a two-day tour of city schools this week.


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Shannon Collingwood's comment, October 28, 6:48 PM
This article was very interesting. I do think parents need to be more educated on the common core, so they can understand what their children are doing.
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"Learning to negotiate text requires a set of skills that translates across text levels."

Climbing the Staircase of Complexity: The Research and the Reality (Part 2)
This is the second of a two-part series that explores the "staircase of complexity" presented in the Common Core State Standards. In this post, we suggest that
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Teachers say Common Core Standards for English instruction are paying off in the classroom

Teachers say Common Core Standards for English instruction are paying off in the classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Bismarck teachers said Monday that the state’s new Common Core standards for English instruction are paying off in the classroom.
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Social Studies Includes History and Thinking

Social Studies Includes History and Thinking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.



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The Common Core: Educators, students and families continue to study the state standards and learn by doing

The Common Core: Educators, students and families continue to study the state standards and learn by doing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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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.

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Implementing the Common Core: "Go slow to go fast." - Terry Holliday

Implementing the Common Core: "Go slow to go fast." - Terry Holliday | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.

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