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Guides Help School Leaders Support Common Core Implementation

Guides Help School Leaders Support Common Core Implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON - January 9, 2013 - Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), has released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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Good resources for principals

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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
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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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Education's 4 Biggest Challenges: Poll

Education's 4 Biggest Challenges: Poll | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A pair of wide-ranging polls by PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge sentiment on the common standards, testing, school funding, and other hot-button issues.
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It's the money, stupid!


Lack of financial support is the only problem mentioned receiving double digit responses.

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PARCC to shorten ELA test

PARCC to shorten ELA test | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.
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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 26, 1:59 PM

Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support

Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Conflating testing and evaluation with education standards threatens Common Core.


  1. assessing students’ knowledge of CCSS material before full implementation
  2. evaluating educators based on CCSS test scores


These two factors "have caused movement away from the very standards that could benefit students across the country."

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After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn."

After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Classroom discussions lasted days, homework questions were challenging and reading analyses were time consuming.

However, Nick Carlson, a 17-year-old Hamilton High School senior, said he is thankful for the Common Core State Standards, even though they initially left a bad taste in his mouth.

“It was just hard to understand and hard to grasp at first, but then as you kept learning, it was easier to understand and made it more fun to learn.”


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 26, 10:19 PM

Another take on Common Core. 

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What's going wrong with implementation of the math standards? Time, Knowledge, Preparation, Resources

What's going wrong with implementation of the math standards? Time, Knowledge, Preparation, Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A researcher and education professor at Michigan State University laid out his take on four major problems with how the common-core math standards are being implemented.
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"1) Instructional time is not well-allocated. Teachers are spending too much time on some topics and not enough on others. For example, his research shows that 3rd and 4th grade teachers are allocating about half the time on fractions that experts say the common standards necessitate. "


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Student on Common Core: It's a "life changer"

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Accountability for Textbook Publishers?

Nearly all American K–12 students are exposed to it every day. It decides, in large part, what students will learn in school and how they will learn it.[1] It is never evaluated for quality in any serious way, but when it is rigorously evaluated, its impact on student achievement is significant.
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U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions

U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Washington Examiner (8/19) reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday tweeted, “Thanks to the Montgomery County, MD schools for moving their discipline policy away from out-of-school suspensions.” The piece explains that this sentiment “comes as no surprise,” noting that the Administration “has repeatedly called on schools to move away from out-of-school suspensions whenever possible.” The piece notes that Duncan cites criticisms “that minorities tend to be expelled at a much higher rate than their peers,” and quotes him saying in January, “Our department’s Civil Rights Data Collection shows that African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as their white peers to be expelled or suspended. And we know that discipline policy and practices matter tremendously — there is nothing inevitable about high rates of suspension and expulsion. We can, and must, do much better.”

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Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards

Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.
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Report: some states may be requiring students to master fewer skills

Pressure to meet national education standards may be the reason states with significant populations of African-American students and those with larger class sizes often require children to learn fewer skills, finds a University of Kansas researcher.

The skills students are expected to learn in schools are not necessarily universal,” said Argun Saatcioglu, a KU associate professor of education and courtesy professor of sociology. 

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60 CCSS-focused research studies | CEP

Can’t get enough Common Core?


"The Center on Education Policy’s got you covered with this hefty compendium of over sixty CCSS-focused studies, including several from Fordham. CEP summarizes each, providing brief overviews of the focus, the findings, and the methodology (only methodologically sound studies were chosen). It’s handy one-stop shopping, covering a wide range of Common Core–related topics. Want to know whether the standards are likely to be effective?"

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Higher standards, more challenging tests mean lower test scores

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Miss. test scores dip in transition to Common Core :: WRAL.com


Student scores on a key state test fell in Mississippi schools in 2013-2014, a transitional year when school districts shifted teaching emphasis from old state standards to the new Common Core State Standards.

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Test scores will predictably drop in every state except MA, which already had rigorous standards--and a select few other states.

  1. The target--college and career ready instead of high school graduation--is much more challenging. The measure has changed, and, therefore, the scores are not comparable.
  2. New standards mean a change in instruction, which will take years to achieve. No one really knows how long it will take to build teacher capacity and revamp new teacher preparation programs.
  3. The assessments are new, which will normally cause a temporary dip in test scores until students and teachers acclimate themselves to the online, constructed response format.
  4. The real improvement process will not begin until teachers get meaningful feedback on assessments, which is a year or more away.
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40% of those who oppose #CommonCore believe the Federal government initiated the standards.

40% of those who oppose #CommonCore believe the Federal government initiated the standards. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Poll Shows Opposition To Common Core And Misperceptions.

A pair of wide-ranging polls by PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge sentiment on the common standards, testing, school funding, and other hot-button issues.

Education Week (8/27, Camera) reports that a PDK/Gallup and Education Next poll shows that Common Core “has a serious image problem” with the American public. The poll reflects that while awareness of the standards have “jumped” in a year, “adults have misperceptions that the standards are a Federal Initiative.” The poll shows that 40 percent of respondents who were opposed to the standards said their reasoning was that it was based on their belief that the Federal government initiated the standards.

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For the first time we are "all speaking the same educational language"

For the first time we are "all speaking the same educational language" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The Common Core State Standards are good standards."


"The same ideas we had in Wisconsin about excellence in math and English language arts were being discussed on a national scale, which would ultimately produce a better product, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)."

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One of the keys to effecting real, lasting change is the development of a common language. "CCSS offer an incredible opportunity. At national conferences, we are all speaking the same educational language."

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An explanation of Common Core | Video

An explanation of Common Core | Video | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A brief explanation of the Common Core Standards accompanied by several examples.

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Kentucky Solicits Suggestions to Change Common-Core Standards

Kentucky Solicits Suggestions to Change Common-Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The state is inviting the public to vote "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on each standard, and to provide specific, detailed feedback.
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Ann Francis's curator insight, August 25, 9:39 PM

#ccss, #commoncore

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Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy

Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty
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Common Core: Blame the process, not the standards

Common Core: Blame the process, not the standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
While the Common Core is a good set of goals, they’re only goals. To work, they must be translated into curricula, textbooks, tests, professional training and phase-in schedules. These have done well in some states, badly in others.
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"Supporters of the Common Core will have to help the public separate the idea of national goals from the process of getting those goals to the classroom."

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Higher Standards Lead Tennessee students to make big gains in ACT scores

Higher Standards Lead Tennessee students to make big gains in ACT scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Tennessee's average ACT score, historically slow to improve despite constant attention from educators, has made its biggest year-to-year leap since


"Though its 19.8 composite score is still well below the national average of 21, Tennessee's class of 2014 saw a three-tenths of a point bump from last year, new results released Wednesday show. That's tied with Kentucky and Wyoming for the largest increase among the 12 states that require all students to take the college entry exam."

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How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core

How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"There is a growing list of large-scale K-12/higher education cooperative efforts. Well before Common Core, there were great examples of K–12 and higher education working together to define common academic expectations for students and create a more seamless pathway between the two sectors."

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 21, 5:59 PM

Proud of the universities in AL who are stepping up to the plate and the collaboration with higher ed.

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Core Math Truths - NCTM President

Core Math Truths - NCTM President | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By NCTM President, Diane J. Briars


"The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are based on evidence about how students learn mathematics.

The foundation for CCSSM includes the series of National Research Council reports summarizing research about mathematics education—for example, Adding It Up (2001),How Students Learn: Mathematics in the Classroom (2005), and Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood (2009)—as well as the best of previous state standards and a large body of evidence taken from international comparisons. Research results incorporated into CCSSM include both general findings about how students learn mathematics and specific information about how they learn particular content."

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New York's Implementation of Common Core "Fails Kids"

New York's Implementation of Common Core "Fails Kids" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

'Why would policymakers create tests that are designed to mark as failures two out of every three children?" ....and tie the expected falling scores to teacher evaluations and graduation requirements.

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Let's be clear. This article describes New York's choice of how to implement the Common Core. The approach New York has taken ties more rigorous tests and expected drop in scores to both graduation requirements and teacher evaluations. Instead of being an example, New York represents a warning to all states.


This has happened in non-Common Core states like Virginia!

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Vermont schools prepare for Common Core standards

Vermont schools prepare for Common Core standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
MONTPELIER (AP) - Some Vermont schools will open the school year with some revised curriculum to meet more rigorous national education standards called the Common Core while other schools are still working toward implementing them.

"We see it as an opportunity to help our kids reach high standards and to try to figure out how to that," said Pat Fitzsimmons, the Common Core implementation
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Math in the Real World: Resources via #ISTE2014

Math in the Real World: Resources via #ISTE2014 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Math in the real world 

Students should be able to apply mathematical concepts to real world issues. In the real world, math doesn't come in a box labeled, "Today you will only use your multiplying with fractions skill." In the real world, students must use critical thinking to solve problems. "

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Francisco Restivo's curator insight, August 20, 2:52 PM

Pensamento computacional também é isto!