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Algebra, Rigor, 8th Grade, Math Acceleration | Jason Zimba

Algebra, Rigor, 8th Grade, Math Acceleration | Jason Zimba | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Jason Zimba in EdWeek


"It is incorrect to say that algebra isn't covered until high school. There is a great deal of algebra in the 8th grade standards. For example, students in grade 8 are expected to solve two simultaneous equations with two unknowns. I don't see a lack of rigor there. The standards actually invest heavily in algebra because of the way they focus so strongly on the prerequisites for algebra in the elementary grades.


I actually think the questions about algebra are better formulated as questions about acceleration. How will kids who are ready for advanced work accelerate to reach courses like calculus during high school? But those are questions for policy, not for standards. The standards don't speak to this issue. Decisions about acceleration and ability grouping are still the purview of local districts, just as they've always been. For example, I've seen where the state of Massachusetts has provided some interesting guidance for districts showing several different models for acceleration, all of them ending at calculus in the senior year of high school."

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alexparrish's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:15 PM

In this article that I scooped the main topic of this is how 8th graders are expected to do a little bit of algebra. Then it talks about how they are supposed to be able to solve a problem that has two unknowns. Then he talks about how it has to do with a lot of algebra because it somehow invests a lot to do with algebra. Then he starts talking about how algebra is better described with questions about acceleration. One way he says its better described in terms of acceleration is they start getting better and accelerating faster. The last part of the paragraph is a little bit confusing to me but I tried to put it in my best words.

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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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Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.
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U.S. will never have high quality instructional systems because it is simply not prepared to pay

U.S. will never have high quality instructional systems because it is simply not prepared to pay | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What's preventing U.S. states from investing in high quality instructional systems like the world's top performers? It could come down to dollars and cents.
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The Common Core, explained

The Common Core standards are a major change to how American education policy works, part of an era of ambitious reform ushered in by the Obama administration. They're also a big political story —...
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Despite Politics, Common Core is Here to Stay

Despite Politics, Common Core is Here to Stay | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Joseph Rogan, Ed.D. of Misericordia University writes that a political intersection between Common Core and the 2016 presidential election may not be clear.
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clarifying the mathematical underpinnings of secondary school

clarifying the mathematical underpinnings of secondary school | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In 2008–2009 Dick Stanley and Phil Daro, with the help of Vinci Daro and Carmen Petrick, convened a group of mathematicians and educators to write essays clarifying the mathematical underpinnings o...
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Pro-Common Core group outlines suggestions for use of standards

Pro-Common Core group outlines suggestions for use of standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A pro-Common Core coalition of business groups has a series of recommendations for the state as it soldiers on with the standards, including the use of an independent review to gauge their effectiv...
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“The educators and parents in this report are sending a clear message – higher standards are working in their classrooms and for their children,” said Steve Sigmund, High Achievement’s executive director. “Despite cynical voices whose solution is to ‘opt out,’ we know the standards and assessments are needed, and there are real improvements that will help make them more effective for millions of kids. We must continue moving forward to ensure that New York’s students are ready for college and 21st century careers.”

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Idaho SBAC Test Scores Beat Projections

Idaho SBAC Test Scores Beat Projections | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The state released proficiency rates on the English/language arts and math exams for grades 3-8 and 11, as well as what the state had projected would be the results.
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A comprehensive statewide literacy initiative, principal training, and ten years of experience with online testing contributed to the state's better than expected results.

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5 States May Not Meet Federal Mandates: Common Core's Blue Screen of Death

5 States May Not Meet Federal Mandates: Common Core's Blue Screen of Death | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The New Hampshire-based company Measured Progress, which developed online Common Core tests used in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, has acknowledged a major problem with the test’s rollout.Technical malfunctions, such as servers crashing during testing, resulted in only 37 percent of Nevada students being able to take their exams. Montana and North Dakota only managed to test 76 percent and 84 percent of students online, respectively.Though Measured Progress admits the online test completion
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Company Admits Problems With Online Common Core Test Rollout.

The New Hampshire Union Leader (7/1) website carries a piece from the Spectator saying that Measured Progress, “which developed online Common Core tests used in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, has acknowledged a major problem with the test’s rollout.” The New Hampshire-based company admitted “the online test completion rate in all three states failed to meet the federal mandate of at least 95 percent of 3rd through 8th graders,” but denied breach of contract.

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PARCC: "the best current opportunity to create a high-quality assessment.”

PARCC: "the best current opportunity to create a high-quality assessment.” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Gov. Bruce Rauner's new superintendent of education on Tuesday stepped outside the GOP box on Illinois' new standardized test.


Illinois Education Chief: PARCC Currently Best Option.

The Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph (6/25) reports that Illinois education chief Tony Smith “stepped outside the GOP box” saying that the state’s PARCC test, which has sparked controversy in the state, could stand some improvement but is the best option currently on the table. The piece quotes Smith saying, “This is the best current opportunity to create a high-quality assessment.” Smith “made it clear during a stop in Bloomington to address educators that he wants to improve PARCC rather than kill it and bring back the elementary Illinois Standard Achievement Test and high school Prairie State Achievement Exam, as opponents have requested.”

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Grading the Common Core Assessments: No Teaching Experience Required

Grading the Common Core Assessments: No Teaching Experience Required | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Testing groups point to strict training and criteria for Common Core grading, but the use of temps for increasingly complex tests is being questioned.


Pearson, which operates 21 scoring centers around the country, hired 14,500 temporary scorers throughout the scoring season, which began in April and will continue through July. About three-quarters of the scorers work from home. Pearson recruited them through its own website, personal referrals, job fairs, Internet job search engines, local newspaper classified ads and even Craigslist and Facebook. About half of those who go through training do not ultimately get the job.

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English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions

English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states, mandated many changes to traditional teaching, but one of the most basic was a call for students to read more nonfiction.
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State saves money, cuts testing time, and improves quality of tests by "leveraging efficiencies"

State saves money, cuts testing time, and improves quality of tests by "leveraging efficiencies" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Education officials say PARCC saved $2.5M compared to previous state tests


State education officials say new standardized tests last year saved the state more than $2.5 million, compared to previous state assessments.

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Ultimate Math - Where Math is at your Fingertips!

Ultimate Math - Where Math is at your Fingertips! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ultimate Maths helps you to discover mathematics. Learn and revise number, algebra, shape and data topics and access our large data bank of learning resources.
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High Schools Fall Short Preparing Students For College, Survey Finds

High Schools Fall Short Preparing Students For College, Survey Finds | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted for Achieve shows that most college instructors and employers believe students come to campus and the workplace with at least some gaps in preparation.
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More than three-quarters all all college instructors polled said they were dissatisfied with their students' abilities in critical thinking, comprehension of complicated materials, work and study habits, writing, written communication, and problem solving. This reflects a level of dissatisfaction that is 10 percentage points higher than when instructors were pollled by Achieve in 2004.

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A New Definition of Rigor?

A New Definition of Rigor? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
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Writing: 5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher-Level Thinking

Writing: 5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher-Level Thinking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Marilyn Pryle shares five reading response activities to help students interact with texts in creative ways that require even higher levels of understanding.


How To Write an RR

  1. Label the type of RR you are writing.
  2. Write at least four sentences.
  3. Have an original idea; don’t just summarize.
  4. Quote and cite something in the text to support your idea.
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As predicted, scores dive as tests get harder

As predicted, scores dive as tests get harder | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

PSSA scores dive as tests get harder


As many educators predicted, scores on the state's standardized tests plummeted this year, the first time the exams were aligned with the rigorous Pennsylvania Core Standards.


Pennsylvania Test Scores Drop In First Year Implementing New Standards.

The Allentown (PA) Morning Call (7/15, Palochko) reported Pennsylvania test scores “plummeted this year, the first time the exams were aligned with the rigorous Pennsylvania Core Standards.” Many educators predicted the lower scores, especially in math, which fell by 34%.

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Ohio's Common Core math and English tests will be cut to 3 hours each

Ohio's Common Core math and English tests will be cut to 3 hours each | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ohio's new math and English tests will take a combined six hours next year, down from the 10 or more spent on the Common Core exams from PARCC this past school year.


Ohio To Limit Common Core Tests To Three Hours Per Subject.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/13) reports that Ohio Department of Education testing director Jim Wright told the state Board of Education this week that his department is working with the American Institutes for Research on limiting next year’s Common Core tests to three hours per subject per year. The article contrasts this with the “10 to 11 hours students spent on the PARCC Common Core tests this just-finished school year.”

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 30, 3:28 PM

Cutting time may be an asset to students doing better on tests.  A lot of students concentration of attention are not able to complete a 10 hour test.  Cutting down the test and making the test more detailed and attentive may be the way to go to impact student learning.

Rog Rothe's curator insight, Today, 2:08 AM

This is a move in the right direction.   The testing that took place in Michigan this year was ridiculous.  I scooped this because there is a major need to change the amount of testing that we do to our students.

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Critical Questions About Computerized Assessments and #SmarterBalanced #SBAC Scores

Critical Questions About Computerized Assessments and #SmarterBalanced #SBAC Scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"It is important to consider that unless assessments are independently verified to adhere to basic standards of test development regarding validity, reliability, security, accessibility, and fairness in administrationthe resulting scores will be meaningless and should not be used to make claims nor conclusions of student learning, progress, aptitude, nor readiness for college or career.

Please consider the following questions and evidence as you determine public communication and next steps regarding test score data provided by the SmarterBalanced Assessment Consortium.

Questions

Q1: How is standardization to be assumed when students are taking tests on different technological tools with vastly varying screen interfaces? Depending on the technology used, (desktops, laptops, chromebooks, and/or ipads), students would need different skills in typing, touch screen navigation, and familiarity with the tool."

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"Idaho students exceeded projected (SBAC) proficiency levels in all grades"

"Idaho students exceeded projected (SBAC) proficiency levels in all grades" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Idaho Releases First Results From Common Core Testing.

The Idaho Statesman (7/1) reports that for years after adopting the Common Core standards, the Idaho Department of Education is releasing the first set of test results from aligned exams. The piece notes that “only half of students or less in grades three through eight and 10th grade are proficient in math and English.” Noting that the state is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the article reports that the exams have been “criticized by opponents of Common Core.”

        The AP (7/2, Kruesi) reports that overall proficiency levels in the state were higher than “national benchmarks,” adding that “Idaho students exceeded projected proficiency levels in all grades for English language arts, with high school grades scoring much higher in the top two advance levels.”

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A comprehensive statewide literacy initiative, principal training, and ten years of experience with online testing contributed to the state's better than expected results.

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The Art of Reporting Common-Core Test Results

The Art of Reporting Common-Core Test Results | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New York and Kentucky, which gave common-core tests before other states did—and navigated the public reaction—share their experiences as dozens of other states get ready to do the same.


Even without the alignment issue, there's the trendline issue: most states gave new tests this year, so that makes year-to-year comparisons impossible. Unavoidably, people will want to make year-to-year comparisons. They'll yearn to make year-to-year comparisons. And while those comparisons might tell you something about the relative rigor of each test, they won't tell you much about students' progress over time.

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Nonfiction Reading: Not Just for English Class

Nonfiction Reading: Not Just for English Class | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Students are expected to read more nonfiction under the common-core standards—but language arts teachers shouldn't be the only ones responsible for it.
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State Testing "a complete disaster" Due To Software Problems:

Common Core Testing Fails Due To Software Problems.

The Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal (6/18, Milliard) reports that on Thursday two-thirds of Nevada students were unable to take Nevada’s first online standardized exams due to software problems. Because “Federal law mandates that public schools annually test at least 95 percent of students in grades three through eight,” the article explains that this failure put the state’s federal funding in jeopardy. However, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga asserted that penalties were unlikely.

        The Las Vegas (NV) Sun (6/18, Whitaker) calls the Standardized Common Core testing in Nevada a “complete disaster,” pointing to the failure of the servers of Measured Progress, the state-contracted testing company. The Sun similarly cites Erquiaga as asserting that penalties are inappropriate as “Nevada schools and educators are not at fault,” and that he may take legal action against Measured Progress.

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