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The Common Core and PARCC Assessment, Part II

The Common Core and PARCC Assessment, Part II | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Jay R. Masterson, Ed.D.


I am a school administrator at North Cumberland Middle School and President-Elect of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals


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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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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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California conditions favorable for Common Core implementation

California conditions favorable for Common Core implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.”

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New education standards create problem solvers

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.

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Grades from spring Common Core tests may not be available until 2016; state report cards will be delayed

Grades from spring Common Core tests may not be available until 2016; state report cards will be delayed | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.”

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School Income Level Continues to be Big Predictor of College Enrollment

School Income Level Continues to be Big Predictor of College Enrollment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials

Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.

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Common Core: a path to success

Common Core: a path to success | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.

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Your middle schooler and Common Core

Your middle schooler and Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.
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Evidence!


"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."

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Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies

Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.

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Such an important habit to establish in all learners, great to hear it's integrated into google docs!

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Argumentative Writing: The role of newpaper in teaching Common Core

Argumentative Writing: The role of newpaper in teaching Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Introducing the concept of argumentative writing to seventh-graders can be challenging. "You take a stand," I tell the students in my charge. "You're trying to persuade others to your view."

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Engaging Students with “Productive Struggle”

Engaging Students with “Productive Struggle” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this video series, we captured MDC at work. Watch students struggle productively in order to make sense of math concepts.


Editor’s Note: Math teachers across the country are learning the power of formative assessment in their classrooms. In this video series, we bring you an opportunity to see formative assessment in action, with the help of math consultant Ann Shannon and resources from the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP). Ann provided the initial training for teachers in Kentucky’s Kenton County on how to implement MAP and frameworks from the Math Design Collaborative. She observed teachers in the classroom, gave real-time feedback, helped facilitate the after school meetings to analyze student work, and helped build capacity in the district so that the work would be sustainable.

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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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Common Core Impacts Teacher Training Programs

Amy Hansen / StateImpact


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
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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.


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Math: 65 Common Core-aligned math videos | Teaching Channel

Math: 65 Common Core-aligned math videos | Teaching Channel | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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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.



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Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels -- THE Journal

Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels -- THE Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
According to a new study by the American Institutes for Research, the states reporting the highest percentage of proficient students have the lowest performance standards.
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Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast?

Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington State are among the first states to tie graduation to new Common Core tests. But critics say kinks still need to be worked out.
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Why I Stopped Criticizing Common Core Math

Why I Stopped Criticizing Common Core Math | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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
between addition and subtraction." (3.NBT.2)
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"Country's problem of unequal education is too important to be sacrificed to partisanship." - Bill Richardson

"Country's problem of unequal education is too important to be sacrificed to partisanship." - Bill Richardson | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Country's problem of unequal education is too important to be sacrificed to partisanship.
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What the Common Core Standards Really Say About Technology

What the Common Core Standards Really Say About Technology | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What exactly do the Common Core standards say about technology?

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Primary sources in Elementary Education

Primary sources in Elementary Education | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Primary sources are powerful tools in the classroom. Pamphlets, posters, letters, eyewitness accounts, essays and letters written by intellectuals, artifacts like photographs, newsreels or coins – any original material that hasn’t been altered or distorted is a primary source. These items offer students the raw material they need to exercise their abilities to analyze a text independently, to think critically about it and to make their own hypotheses.

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Robert Pondiscio - What’s Right about Common Core

I confess I’m somewhat bewildered by the passionate arguments over the Common Core State Standards. Getting in high dudgeon about K–12 learning standards, which say almost nothing about what kids do in school all day, makes no more sense to me than getting apoplectic about food-handling procedures, which I seldom think about when pushing my cart through the grocery store. In New York City, where I live, architects seem grimly determined of late to litter the skyline with strange new monstrositie
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