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93% of Principals and 92% of Teachers say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core

93% of Principals and 92% of Teachers say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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According to the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, educators are confident about implementing the Common Core, less so about its potential for increasing student success. 

  • Nine in 10 principals (93%) and teachers (92%) say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core.  
  • Nine in 10 principals (90%) and teachers (93%) believe that teachers in their schools already have the academic skills and abilities to implement the Common Core in their classrooms. 
  • Teachers and principals are more likely to be very confident that teachers have the ability to implement the Common Core (53% of teachers; 38% of principals) than they are very confident that the Common Core will improve the achievement of students (17% of teachers; 22% of principals) or better prepare students for college and the workforce (20% of teachers; 24% of principals).  
  • A majority of teachers (62%) and a smaller proportion of principals (46%) say teachers in their schools are already using the Common Core a great deal in their teaching this year. 
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Linda Miller McMillan's comment, February 28, 2013 2:26 PM
Some very interesting information! It is good to see positive thinking regarding the CCSS.
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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 | Common Core State 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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Writing and Thinking | Dan Willingham

Writing and Thinking | Dan Willingham | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
One thing seems certain: Just giving out more writing assignments won't do the trick.


Writing and Thinking - "Just asking students to write won't teach them how to think if it's not part of a larger plan to ensure that this writing is done in the context of subject matter."

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Writing: One Reason Grads Can’t Get Hired

Writing: One Reason Grads Can’t Get Hired | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

60% of employers say applicants lack “communication and interpersonal skills” A wide margin of managers also say today’s applicants can’t think critically and creatively, solve problems or write well.

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Reading may get students to college, but writing skills keep them there and get them employed after graduation.

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Finding a 'pathway' to Common Core math

Finding a 'pathway' to Common Core math | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The seventh-grade boy looked down at his blank work sheet, unsure how to begin solving the multistep algebraic equation that the teacher had written on the white board.
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Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:

  1. ‘What is your evidence?'
  2. 'How did you figure that out?’


The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”

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#CommonCore Critics Can’t Just Say No! Give us something better!

#CommonCore Critics Can’t Just Say No! Give us something better! | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
They must develop their own state-level versions of “repeal and replace.”
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“Give us something better or get out of the way and let us do our work.” - Terry Holliday, KY Commissioner of Ed.

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The Role of States and Districts in #CommonCore Implementation

The Role of States and Districts in #CommonCore Implementation | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As we start to implement Common Core Standards, instead of playing the blame game, we should concentrate on moving those districts that are behind in implementation forward.
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Common Core tests are in classrooms – and they're actually working

Common Core tests are in classrooms – and they're actually working | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
About 4 million students are trying out tests. So far, so good, states report.
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Standardized testing may not hinder creativity and critical thinking skills

Standardized testing may not hinder creativity and critical thinking skills | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“The United States, relatively speaking, did better on problem solving than it does on mathematics,” said Andreas Schleicher, Acting Director of Education and Skills of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

“On the one hand, students struggle with getting the very important conceptual foundations of key school subjects – mathematics is one – and at the very same time, somehow the educational environment teaches them to solve problems,” he said.

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#NCTM Guide "Good Teaching", #CommonCore #Math Implementation, Deep Learning: How not What!

#NCTM Guide "Good Teaching", #CommonCore #Math Implementation, Deep Learning: How not What! | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new document from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics aims to go a step further than the Common Core State Standards in math by describing specifically what educators need to do to help students reach the new requirements.
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Common Core education backlash prompts major changes

But shhh — don't tell anyone this — Common Core isn't really going away in Florida, just the name.
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Secondary School Administrators Make Voices Heard on Capitol Hill

Secondary School Administrators Make Voices Heard on Capitol Hill | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Top assistant principals from across the country lobbied their representatives to support technology, professional development, and the common core.
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Move Ahead with the Common Core, Delay High Stakes

Move Ahead with the Common Core, Delay High Stakes | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The call to highlight common-core success stories yet delay what common core's results mean in schools comes from the Learning First Alliance.


"Despite good intentions, educators and other voices represented by LFA have been largely left out of decisions around the implementation process, and decision makers have largely avoided issues of curriculum and instruction to date,"

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What's New in the SAT Redesign

What's New in the SAT Redesign | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

from Education Week

April 16, 2014

by Caralee Adams


The new SAT will require students to cite evidence in support of their understanding of texts in both reading and writing and will emphasize evidence-based reading and writing.


Reading

1) command of evidence, and 2) relevant words in context.

The reading test drills down, more specifically, asking students to answer questions based on what is stated and implied in texts across a range of content areas and determine which portion of a text best supports the answer to a given question.

Rather than having students try to memorize lists of "SAT words" that are obscure, the new test measures vocabulary knowledge by asking about use of a certain word in the context of a science or social science passage.


Writing and Language

The writing and language test will also report two additional subscores for: 1) expression of ideas; and 2) standard English conventions.

In the writing and language section, test-takers are asked to develop, support, and refine claims in multiparagraph passages—some with accompanying graphics—and to add, revise, or delete information.


Math

The New SAT will have students apply their math knowledge, not just do equations.

"The whole idea behind this is to have an assessment that really gets at the math students' need to be college ready ... changing the focus away from general mathematical aptitude."


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If one removed the reference to SAT and The College Board from the discussion, the article would appear to be describing Common Core aligned assessments, which emphasize the following:

  • Complex text
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Text-based evidence
  • Application of math concepts, not just working problems
  • Writing from Sources while making claims and citing evidence
You may recall that the ACT contends that these changes have already been made to their assessment.
So, the two major college admissions tests, the SAT and the ACT, are fully aligned with the new Common Core Standards.
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Does writing improve thinking?

Does writing improve thinking? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"writing may help students develop their critical-thinking skills, but writing does not necessarily teach critical thinking"


 "The best way to help students learn critical thinking may be to actually teach it."

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  1. Writing improves writing.
  2. Students will not write better than they think. 
  3. Students will not write complete thoughts unless they think complete thoughts.
  4. Students will not learn to think by listening to teachers talk.
  5. "The brain that does the work does the learning." 
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Why Johnny can't write, and why employers are mad

Why Johnny can't write, and why employers are mad | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Writing skills of college graduates and MBAs are coming up short, and employers aren't happy. Here's what they are doing about it.
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Prism: A Tool for Teaching Close Reading and Text-Based Discussion

Prism: A Tool for Teaching Close Reading and Text-Based Discussion | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Prism is a "tool for collaborative interpretation of text," and promises to change the way teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation.

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PARCC Tech Takeaways from Field Tests

PARCC Tech Takeaways from Field Tests | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

1. Infrastructure is Essential

2. Preparation

3. Teachers and Students Rise to a Challenge

4. Communication is Key

5. Work with other Districts

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What happens when teachers lack the time and tools to adjust to a change as dramatic as #CommonCore?

What happens when teachers lack the time and tools to adjust to a change as dramatic as #CommonCore? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"New York State provides an object lesson in what happens when teachers lack the time and tools to adjust to a change as dramatic as Common Core. The state teachers union stridently withdrew its support from the standards, doing more to unsettle them than right wing activists ever could. Why? Union leaders claim teachers did not receive teaching materials or have time to develop and refine new lessons before their students had to take tougher state tests keyed to the new standards in late spring of 2013. When the state persisted with plans to evaluate teachers using results on state tests that the students failed in unprecedented numbers, teachers revolted."

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Teaching ELA Lang. Standard 2: How to Teach Latin Abbreviations

Teaching ELA Lang. Standard 2: How to Teach Latin Abbreviations | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teach this writing opener on How to Teach Latin Abbreviations from Pennington Publishing's Teaching the Language Strand (of the Common Core State Standards).
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What new Common Core Smarter Balanced test questions look like

From the Math Grades 3-5 Training Test:“Nicky has 4 packs of pencils. Each pack contains 15 pencils. In each pack, 5 pencils are blue and the rest green. Create a bar graph to show how many of each color pencils Nicky has.ȁ
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"PARCC really has stepped it up!"

"PARCC really has stepped it up!" | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Mansfield Superintendent Brenda Hodges said, "The biggest difference is MCAS is a test of minimal proficiency. PARCC measures the depth to which you understand. It measures mastery."

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Free App Offers Math Tutorials for Students

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Side by Side: The SAT Changes and the Common Core

Side by Side: The SAT Changes and the Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Below is a College Board summary of the current and redesigned exam, and an Education Week analysis providing relevant material in the Common Core State Standards.
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70 percent of #CommonCore field trials were up to the task (NJ)

70 percent of #CommonCore field trials were up to the task (NJ) | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Technology readiness remains largest concern, with recent reports showing only 70 percent of field trials were up to the task
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Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep

Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Coursework in applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, and methods for teaching second-language learners in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will no longer be enough, they say. For example, ESL teachers need to understand the language and language practices that are specific to different subject areas and disciplines.

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