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What vs. How & Pre-reading Strategies (Introduction) | Burkins & Yaris

What vs. How & Pre-reading Strategies (Introduction) | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post we explore three common strategies for introducing text before reading and the ways they do (or don't) align with the Common Core. These strategies have been challenged by the authors of the CCSS and we address this criticism.


"The Common Core only tells us what to teach, but doesn’t tell us how to teach."


Three traditional practices in literacy education:

1) presenting background information,

2) pre-reading strategies, such as predicting, and

3) articulating a summary of the text.


David Coleman Quotes


  • We lavish so much attention on these strategies in the place of reading, I would urge us to instead read.
  • the first escape from the text is to summarize it in advance
  • asking you to just read. To think of dispensing for a moment with all the apparatus we have built up before reading and plunging into reading the text. And let it be our guide into its own challenges.
  • Nothing could be more lethal to paying attention to the text in front of you than such a hunt and seek mission
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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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New ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core finds learning materials lacking

New ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core finds learning materials lacking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Non-profit analyzes first batch of Common Core math textbooks and finds just one series properly aligned.


Analysis Finds Common Core Classroom Materials “Lacking.”

The Washington Post (3/4, Layton) reports on a newly released analysis from the new organization EdReports.orgwhich examined the quality of “classroom materials in the age of the Common Core State Standards, and it found most of the materials lacking.” Of the 20 sets of math materials the group examined, only that from Eureka Math for grades K-8 met its standards “for being properly aligned with the Common Core for all grade levels.” The Post notes that as states around the country have implemented the standards, there has been heavy demand for new classroom materials.

        Education Week (3/4, Heitin) reports that the group conducted “a Consumer Reports-style review for instructional materials,” and drew “a dismal picture of the textbook-publishing industry’s response to” the Common Core. The organization examined “digital and print K-8 mathematics materials from widely used publishers—including Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—as well as from some lesser-known providers.”

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Opting Out of Testing: A Befuddling Mix of State Rules

Opting Out of Testing: A Befuddling Mix of State Rules | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new research paper finds that the law in most states isn't clear about whether parents can opt their children out of testing.
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Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards?

Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A poll shows that Republicans who hold more false beliefs about the standards are more likely to disapprove of the common core. But what about Democrats?


“False Beliefs” Could Increase Common Core Support 

Andrew Ujifusa writes at the Education Week (2/25) “State EdWatch” blog that a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll indicates that “a plurality of those surveyed don’t have an opinion about” the Common Core Standards, noting that the survey “reveals something else that may seem counterintuitive: the possibility that incorrect beliefs about the standards could actually increase support for them among some.” Ujifusa writes that Republican efforts to promote the false belief that the standards deal with such polarizing topics as evolution or global warming could prompt some Democrats who accept this narrative to support the standards.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 26, 9:53 AM

This just shows how messed up the "conversation" about Common Core has become. It doesn't help that Common Core has become so incredibly politicized and that most people sniping at Common Core have never read the standards.

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Can the Common Core raise graduation rate for English learners? - The Hechinger Report

Can the Common Core raise graduation rate for English learners? - The Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
NEW YORK – Prompted by the new Common Core standards and an increase in English Language Learners in public schools, New York State education officials are moving aggressively to provide better support for bilingual teachers and improve student achievement. Currently, there are more than 216,000 English Language Learners enrolled in New York State public schools, …
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Ohio To Become First State To Fully Roll Out PARCC Tests

Ohio To Become First State To Fully Roll Out PARCC Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ohio will be the first state in the country to do widespread Common Core testing when students start taking new tests from PARCC on Tuesday. Here's what you should know about the new tests.


Ohio To Become First State To Fully Roll Out PARCC Tests.

The AP (2/17, Hefling, Smyth) reports that Ohio will be the first state to administer “one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states.” By the end of this school year, “about 12 million children in 29 states and the District of Columbia will take them, using computers or electronic tablets.” The exams “are expected to be more difficult than the traditional spring standardized state exams they replace.”

        The Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/17) reports that Ohio students “will be the first in the country to start taking long-awaited – or long-dreaded, depending on your viewpoint – Common Core exams on Tuesday,” noting that the rollout of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests are generating significant anxiety among educators. Teachers are concerned about their evaluations, schools are concerned about technology issues, and some parents are opting their children out. WJW-TV Cleveland (2/16) also covers this story on its website.

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njlbo1's curator insight, February 21, 8:23 PM

This article answers quite a few questions about PARCC and Ohio's testing.

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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2

How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2 by Megan Hyland On November 7, I wrote Part 1 of this blog, which explained the first bite our school took as we began to “Eat an Ele...
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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, February 15, 8:53 PM

............and this follows.....

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Utah Reports Refute Federal Footprint In Common Core

Utah Reports Refute Federal Footprint In Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Utah Core Standards, federal influence and what students lack are key focuses of the governor, the attorney general and education leaders.


Utah Reports Refute Federal Footprint In Common Core.

KSL-TV Salt Lake City (2/9) reports online that according to a new report presented by the Utah Attorney General’s Office to the state Board of Education, “Utah’s adoption of the Common Core Standards did not cede control of the state’s education system to the federal government.” A second report “by a committee of local education experts found that the standards themselves are more rigorous than previous standards, are based on best practices and sound research, and will sufficiently prepare students for college if implemented correctly.” However, the report expresses some concerns about the state’s adoption of the Common Core being a criteria of its NCLB waiver.

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Common Core High School Math Workbook

This CCSS workbook contains question sets ("pods") for Grades 9-12 across CCSS Math categories.
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Why Common Core makes the grade

Why Common Core makes the grade | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A few years ago, many Americans knew very little about Common Core K-12 education standards — even though more than 40 states had agreed to adopt them


Editorial Board, Minnesota Star-Tribune 

February 4, 2015 

 

"Though education is carried out locally, the world that young people must navigate is increasingly national and international. Students must not only compete with peers from other states, but also with counterparts from around the world. 

 

"If states back away from Common Core, they still need to have standards that are as good or better so that their students can continue to compete." 

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hennessy vargas's curator insight, February 11, 11:04 PM

Competing with peer from other states is already enough stress. Competing with others from around the world is even worse, in our minds we believe we have to be the best because we represent the United States. We shouldn't have to compete because it can take our focus away from the main goal, which is getting a good education.

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Moving from Content to Standards

Moving from Content to Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In many ways, the growth of content over standards has been an impetus for the writing of Next Generation Standards…including the Common Core Standards ELA/Literacy  & Math Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the C3 Frameworks for History and Social Studies.
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Common Core critics are wrong about whether kindergarten reading goals are harmful.

Common Core critics are wrong about whether kindergarten reading goals are harmful. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core critics are wrong about whether kindergarten reading goals are harmful.
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Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Disruptions Mar Rollout Of Common Core Testing.

Valerie Strauss writes at the Washington Post (3/2) “Answer Sheet” blog that there were a number of protests and other disruptions have marred the rollout of Common Core testing in states and districts across the country, citing student protests in New Mexico, computer problems in Florida, and the controversy over Chicago’s now-rescinded refusal to administer the tests.


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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 4, 6:24 PM

Absolutely inspiring.  Students opting out in the thousands and student protests against standardized tests.  Not an accurate measurement of education.

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Barely half of college students earn degrees within six years

Barely half of college students in the United States earn degrees within six years
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My Career Coach 's curator insight, March 3, 9:05 AM

In MA, it's an initiative that encourages students to take the official full load of 15 credits, rather than the financial aid definition of 12. Doing this puts the student on track to graduate in the 2 years for an associate's degree, and 4 for a BA.

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Common Core’s unintended consequence?

Common Core’s unintended consequence? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

According to many teachers, experts and advocates of the Common Core, traditional curriculum sources haven’t been meeting the demands of the new set of math and English standards that have been rolled out in more than 40 states in the past few years. More and more teachers are scrapping off-the-shelf lessons and searching for replacements on the Internet or writing new curriculum materials themselves

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“People are receiving bad information” about the Common Core: Poll

“People are receiving bad information” about the Common Core: Poll | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

55 percent majority said the Common Core covers at least two subjects that it does not, according to the survey that Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted and funded. Misperceptions were widespread, including among both supporters and opponents of the program and peaking among those who say they are paying the most attention to the standards.

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GreatSchools releases Common Core aligned videos |

GreatSchools releases Common Core aligned videos | | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Education non-profit GreatSchools is out with videos in English and Spanish that detail Common Core expectations for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The short videos are meant to help educators and parents better understand what children should know how to do and when.

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Why Math Lessons Are Changing: More understanding fewer worksheets

Why Math Lessons Are Changing: More understanding fewer worksheets | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New Math Standards In Florida Schools Examined.

NPR (2/16) reports on how parents and students are coping with the new math standards introduced in Florida based on Common Core, which “outline what students should know in every grade.” According to experts, the new standards, which have been introduced in several states, “means big changes to how math is taught.” There is “more focus on understanding concepts and solving problems multiple ways” and “less memorization of formulas and grinding out worksheets full of similar problems.”

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Common Core and Equity | Alliance For Excellent Education

Common Core and Equity | Alliance For Excellent Education | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As part of its work on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and equity, the Alliance for Excellent Education has created a series of videos, linked in the table below, highlighting how five states—California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, and Ohio—are implementing the Common Core State Standards and serving significant percentages of low income students or students of color.
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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 1

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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 1

by Megan Hyland This year, our students in grades 5-8 will take the PARCC exams in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  This assessment is a significant shift away from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), which our school has historically taken each year.

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Common Core High School ELA Questions

This CCSS workbook contains question sets ("pods") for Grades 9-12. Categories are Reading: Literature; Reading: Informational; and Language. For your convenience, Reading appears two different ways: by standard and passage.
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PARCC Tests and Readability: About two grade levels above students' grade and age

PARCC Tests and Readability: About two grade levels above students' grade and age | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The other results show that the passages chosen are about two grade levels above the readability of the grade and age of the children by measures other than the Lexile level. The results of testing children on these passages will be quite predictable. Students will score lower on the tests than on previous tests. We have already seen this in New York where test scores plummeted when the new tests were given last year. English Language Learners (ELL) and students with disabilities will be particularly hard hit because these tests will prove extraordinarily difficult to them.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 17, 10:00 AM

If you are a regular reader of my ScoopPosts, you know that I am a supporter of PARCC. That said, I support the philosophical views of PARCC assessment: assessing critical thinking skills by asking students to explain their thinking; expecting students to read and write about texts beyond fiction and poetry; evaluating students using standards-based assessments. But, PARCC has not done a good job of representing itself to the public: to parents, to teachers, to educators guiding implementation. The study discussed in this blog is one more example of PARCC's misstep...why would PARCC choose texts clearly beyond the quantitative levels of reading challenge as text exemplars. I can only hope that PARCC test writers (Pearson) have a reasonable logic for these decisions someone with a voice that can be heard and respected acknowledge the call of the public. 

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Low K-12 Standards Do a Disservice to All

Low K-12 Standards Do a Disservice to All | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The common core offers the promise of equal educational opportunity for poor and minority children, writes Wade Henderson.


"Since 1994, federal policy has required states to have academic standards statewide in reading and math in order to receive funding through Title I, the main federal program for disadvantaged students. But none dared to set them near the rigor required for success in college or careers. For all the transparency the No Child Left Behind Act gave to the achievement gap, it equally gave perverse incentives to states to keep standards low to avoid the political consequences of widespread failure. Low standards do a disservice to all students, especially those whom the law was designed to help. 

 

"The Common Core State Standards offer an opportunity to address the fundamental educational issue facing poor and minority children who don't have access to the same instruction as their peers in wealthier communities. These new standards, if properly implemented with care to address this reality, could make real the promise of equal educational opportunity we've been struggling to achieve for more than 60 years." 

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Why You Can't Ignore the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices

Why You Can't Ignore the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have become a controversial and highly debated movement in education. The standards have been praised, bashed, banned, and everything in between. Regardless of your feelings about the standards, their implementation, or the testing that accompanies them, the creators got one thing right: The eight Standards of Mathematical Practices.
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