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The Common Core Implementation Gap: "the distressing reality of implementation"

By Andy Smarick

Education Next

February 21, 2013


Teacher Evaluation - With changes afoot in all of these areas, teacher-evaluation reform has gotten exponentially more difficult. 42 states report either having plans or building plans to revise their teacher-evaluation systems to comport with the expectations of Common Core. Thirty states claim to have “fully developed” plans to change their instructional materials to align with the new standards.

Common Core – One of several massive changes. Even the best state departments of education were fretting about the massive challenges associated with overhauling educator evaluation systems before Common Core implementation was front and center.

Professional Development – Plans “look a lot like the SEA’s current PD plans: same state office, same providers, same higher-ed institutions, same quality monitoring, same number of hours required, etc.”

Aligned Instructional Materials - Comparing the navigability of the CC-aligned resources marketplace to the Wild West would be an insult to the Wild West.

Teacher Preparation - Are any activities underway to improve teacher preparation programs so their graduates are ready for the demands of Common Core. As far as I can tell, most states haven’t even begun working in this area.

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"it’s time to get serious about the seriousness of implementation"


The Perfect Storm = New Teacher Evaluation Systems + New State Accountability Systems + Common Core Implementation (Professional Development, Aligned Resources, Teacher Preparation)

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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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Common Core repeal: educators concerned students will fall even further behind

Common Core repeal: educators concerned students will fall even further behind | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards. 

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Finding the Gold Standard of Common Standards Implementation

Finding the Gold Standard of Common Standards Implementation | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In North Carolina's Iredell-Statesville school district, teachers report a smooth implementation of the standards now being targeted for review by the state legislature.
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Florida counts down to new Common Core standards, exams

Florida counts down to new Common Core standards, exams | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
For the past year The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. …
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Common Core Aligned Writing Rubrics

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Montgomery algebra failures mean some students have to bail on summer plans

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In Montgomery County, algebra exam failure rates were 82 percent for high school students.
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Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications

Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"Let me give you a math story problem." This sentence often strikes fear in many middle grades students as well as some teachers. As international comparisons, national commissions, and state assessment results confirm, students have difficulty solving mathematical applications problems (Lester, 2007; U. S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Science, 2007; TIMMS, 2003; McREL, 2002; National Research Council, 2002; Illinois State Board of Education, 1997).
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The Common Core difference, from a teacher’s perspective - Hechinger Report

The Common Core difference, from a teacher’s perspective - Hechinger Report | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In 2012 I moved from Mississippi to New York City to teach at a charter elementary school in Harlem. My 27 fifth grade students had reading levels ranging from third to eighth grade. They grew up speaking 14 different languages in their homes, which were scattered from the far reaches of Brooklyn to the South Bronx. I had spoken word poets, Lego masters, dancers, and chess fiends. One gave me a hug every hour, on the hour. Others had to be coaxed into speaking.
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Common Core Test Anxiety

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A new front has opened in the Common Core wars — over testing contracts. The high-stakes battle is undermining one of the Obama administration’s most prized initiatives: its vision, backed by more than $370 million in federal funds, of testing students across the country on a common set of exams in math, reading and writing. The administration...
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Common Core Will Improve Education, Most District Chiefs Say

Common Core Will Improve Education, Most District Chiefs Say | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted by Gallup in partnership with Education Week probes the views of superintendents on the common core, recruiting and evaluating teachers, and district finances, among other topics.
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About two-thirds of district superintendents said they believe the Common Core State Standards will improve the quality of education in their communities, while 22 percent said the standards will have no effect, according to the results from a new poll.

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Michigan Drops Common-Core Test, But Might Still Use Its Questions

Michigan Drops Common-Core Test, But Might Still Use Its Questions | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Michigan will not administer the Smarter Balanced test in 2014-15, but there's more to the story when it comes to the state's next assessment.
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Why Grammar Is Important

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In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student worries about having several Asian Students in his or her class for fear that they will raise the cu...
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Teachers more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties

Teachers more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
First-grade teachers in the United States may need to change their instructional practices if they are to raise the mathematics achievement of students with mathematics difficulties (MD), according to new research. The study found that first-grade teachers in classrooms with higher percentages of students with MD were more likely to be using ineffective instructional practices with these students.
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What kind of instruction is taking place in the classrooms with the most at risk students?  It is important to know what is happening and what is effective. Read on.......

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what is the difference between math before and math now?

It has been four years now, since the release of the Common Core standards in Mathematics.  We have sought to understand, to implement, to adjust to the shift in practice and expectation. But as Grant Wiggins points out in his recent blog, I'm not sure we have really put our collective mind around the true intent and value to our students.

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Report Finds Higher Education Slow to Adapt to #CommonCore

Report Finds Higher Education Slow to Adapt to #CommonCore | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A paper from the New America Foundation sees a disconnect between the rollout of the Common Core State Standards and higher education policies.
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Make or Break, Why Middle School Math Counts

Make or Break, Why Middle School Math Counts | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
How do we increase motivation, build persistence, support the transition into a more independent educational experience, and prepare for future success?
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Writing Standards in Action

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Common Core test scores tell less about what children know than about how test makers decide to measure that knowledge

Common Core test scores tell less about what children know than about how test makers decide to measure that knowledge | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Scores on the new Common Core tests—just like those on earlier forms of assessment—reveal less about what children know than about the way test makers decide to measure that knowledge.
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Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change

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During the Rethinking Accountability conference last month in Washington, D.C., Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that by supporting the Common Core State Standards – which he calls “an important part of driving equitable change in our public school system” – we are also supporting greater investments in education to prepare effective teachers and provide the resources students need to succeed.
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What the Common Core math standards mean for students

If I asked you to multiply 12 x 50, would you grab a paper and pencil? Not if you were a student at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, where students participate in “Number Talks” relying purely on mental math strategies. During one recent session, a Hyalite fourth-grader used a technique called “doubling and halving” to conclude that since 12 x 50 is the same as 6 x 100, which is the same as 3 x 200, the correct answer is 600. Another classmate related the problem to money, reasoning that 50 cents is half of a dollar, and that 12 half-dollars equals six dollars, or 600 cents. A third student decomposed 12 into 10 and 2 (numbers she said her brain liked) to deduce that 10 x 50 is 500, and 2 x 50 is 100, and adding 500 and 100 together totals 600.
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Here is a good piece on why CCSS matter, and what they are trying to accomplish.  

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Teachers union takes on Common Core

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The AFT will also consider a resolution — drafted by its executive council — asserting that the promise of the Common Core has been corrupted by political manipulation, administrative bungling, corporate profiteering and an invalid scoring system designed to ensure huge numbers of kids fail the new math and language arts exams that will be rolled out next spring. An even more pointed resolution flat out opposing the standards will also likely come up for a vote.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/american-federation-of-teachers-common-core-108793.html#ixzz37AZ8g1lY

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Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints

Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Do typical arguments for why the common-core math standards are supposedly problematic really make sense?
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Survey Reveals Worries About Schools' Readiness for Online Testing

Survey Reveals Worries About Schools' Readiness for Online Testing | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The use of technology, including "bring-your-own-device" programs, is increasingly common in K-12 schools, but significant needs remain, according to the Software & Information Industry Association.
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While schools' access to technology continues to increase, roughly 60 percent of K-12 officials surveyed by an industry group do not feel their schools have the bandwidth or devices to make them ready for summative, online testing.

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"We are in the middle of a two-year tryout of the PARCC test, said Mitchell Chester, Mass.

"We are in the middle of a two-year tryout of the PARCC test, said Mitchell Chester, Mass. | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"We are in the middle of a two-year tryout of the PARCC test, said Mitchell Chester, commissioner of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). "You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it out for a test drive."

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Growth Mindset and Deeper Learning

Growth Mindset and Deeper Learning | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teaching students that they can become smarter and learn to capabilities is at the heart of the Growth Mindset theory. Learn how schools are bringing a growth mindset into their classrooms to allow students to succeed like never before.
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"growth mindset has the power to stick and transform how we think, act and talk in ways that propel students powerfully into their future."

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PTA Common Core Videos - The Hunt Institute

PTA Common Core Videos - The Hunt Institute | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"This video series was developed through a partnership with the National PTA to support their ongoing effort to provide accurate information about the Common Core State Standards. The videos raise the voices of students, parents, teachers, school leaders and policymakers with a particular focus on educator reflections on the value and implications of the new standards. The videos include two main videos that focus on college and career ready standards. Additionally, there are 10 vignettes that focus on specific topics and voices."

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