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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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A Walk in the PARCC: How new assessments impact teaching and learning math

A Walk in the PARCC: How new assessments impact teaching and learning math | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Guest Post by Stig Leschly, CEO of Match Education

"The new tests and the Common Core standards offer a more rigorous approach to math skills and knowledge than their predecessors, in our view.  They prepare our students more clearly and from an earlier age for the challenges of advanced math (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) that they will face at our high school and in college.    

PARCC-Math is a challenge worthy of our students and of our teachers."

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Math Groups Criticize Textbook Reviews

Math Groups Criticize Textbook Reviews | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
he National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and its sister group, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, have written an open letter criticizing the methodolgy used by EdReports.org, which published its first round of curriculum reviews in March. Those reviews found that nearly all of the math series evaluated failed to meet criteria for alignment to the Common Core State Standards.

"Unfortunately, the EdReports methodology, including its evaluation tool and process, has produced reviews that fall short of providing useful and accurate information about many critical features of materials reviewed," the letter from NCTM and NCSM states. "As a result, the current ratings and reviews do not provide the types and quality of information needed to make informed choices about the extent to which particular materials support students' learning, or teachers' teaching, of [the common-core standards for mathematics]."
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Common Core Starts All the Right Conversations | LFA

Common Core Starts All the Right Conversations | LFA | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"With our principals’ and directors’ leadership, our staff embraces the Common Core standards as benchmarks for learning, and they are supported in using their own approaches and materials to get us there. This autonomy has allowed our staff to convey the content and concepts of the standards to students in a variety of ways — as initially intended by those who created the Common Core."

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How Common Core standards improved teaching and learning in my classroom

How Common Core standards improved teaching and learning in my classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
It is impossible to discuss education today without uttering the words, “Common Core.” Today, these two words have achieved the same status as Harry Potter’s nemesis Voldemort, or “he who must not be named.” For some, distaste for the Common Core came in 2011, when the Maine Learning Results were [...]


Four years have passed, and, today, I speak of the Common Core with a feeling of rejuvenation. I am thankful that educators and policy makers had more foresight than I did a decade ago to recognize the skills our students would need to be successful in college and careers of the 21st century.

As a middle school language arts teacher, I now realize I am teaching the same material I have always taught, but I am asking students to delve deeper and to apply higher-level thinking skills.

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While many pan NY's approach to school improvement, the results paint another picture

While many pan NY's approach to school improvement, the results paint another picture | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

        Chalkbeat New York (5/14) says that the report indicates that New York is “one of only two states” in which more students pass the NAEP than do the state test. The piece notes that most states “say most of their students are proficient, while NAEP scores paint a grimmer picture.”

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Teaching and Learning Mathematics with the Common Core - NCTM

Teaching and Learning Mathematics with the Common Core - NCTM | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
NCTM and the Hunt Institute have produced a series of videos on Teaching and Learning Mathematics with the Common Core to enhance understanding of the mathematics that students need to succeed in college, life, and careers.
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Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities Between State Tests and the 2013 NAEP | Achieve

Washington, D.C. - May 14, 2015 - Achieve today released  a new report that highlights the fact that too often, state-reported proficiency rates in English Language Arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics are disconnected from other benchmarks of readiness and vary widely from state to state. The report, "Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities between State Tests and the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)," details the discrepancies between student proficiencies as reported by states to students, parents, and educators, and as reported by NAEP, considered the gold standard of student assessment for comparisons across state lines. 

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Common Core is "the equalizer that all kids need to reach their limitless potential"

Common Core is "the equalizer that all kids need to reach their limitless potential" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I support Common Core for students in Nevada because I believe in the culture of innovation that I see when students are engaged in relevant learning. I want my students to be on the path to college so that when they're the first in their families to attend, they start with credit-bearing courses rather than remediation, and they find enjoyment in higher education. Common Core is not an experiment on students I get to work with each day; instead, it's the equalizer that all kids need to reach their limitless potentials.
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Principal: The Common Core isn’t to blame for high-stakes testing and test prep

Principal: The Common Core isn’t to blame for high-stakes testing and test prep | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The sixth in a series of letters between two principals, one who supports the Common Core and the other who doesn't. In this, one of the educators says that the Core isn't to blame for the things that are driving parents to opt out their kids from high-stakes standardized tests.
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few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s Common Core-aligned tests. - The Hechinger Report

few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s Common Core-aligned tests. - The Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
It turns out that the stakes for this spring’s Common Core-aligned tests are not quite as high as they might seem. The Hechinger Report surveyed the District of Columbia and all 44 states* that have adopted the Common Core and will be administering a Common Core-aligned test this spring to find out how they plan …
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With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores

With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
[...] testing officials say the rollout this spring of new standardized tests taken by computer in U.S. public schools has been without major problems in much of the country. The new exams are expected to be harder in many states than the state assessments they replaced, but they've been billed as a more accurate testing of what students are actually learning. The new assessments developed by two groups of states are called Smarter Balanced and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colle
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Close Reading: Analyzing Text from Two Sources Providing Conflicting Information

Close Reading: Analyzing Text from Two Sources Providing Conflicting Information | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This important historical literacy skill is closely aligned with Common Core State Standards, in particular CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.9, where students “Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.”
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How to Analyze Complex Texts For Your Teaching

How to Analyze Complex Texts For Your Teaching | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A step-by-step process to anayze complex text and prepare them for teaching.


In this blog post, CEL Project Director Joanna Michelson takes a real-world example and shows step by step how a group of teachers collaboratively analyzed Elie Wiesel's Nobel lecture "Hope, Despair, and Memory" and found ways to help ninth grade students to comprehend and interact with the complex text.

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Are New Common Core Tests Better Than Old Multiple-Choice Exams?

Are New Common Core Tests Better Than Old Multiple-Choice Exams? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Experts say new open-ended questions that tap critical thinking provide a marked improvement.
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One study revealed that only 3-10% of old tests measured higher-order skills. On the other hand, the new, SBAC assessments measured high-order thinking raning from 61% (math) to 78% (ELA).

 

SBAC               DOK3               DOK4

 

Math                    49%               21%

ELA                     43%              25%

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PARCC Shortens Its Common Core-Aligned Tests

PARCC Shortens Its Common Core-Aligned Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In response to criticism that its test is too long, and takes a major toll on school scheduling and personnel, PARCC announces a major redesign.


The consortium has announced that the 2015-16 version will be 90 minutes shorter, and will be given in one 30-day window, instead of broken into two (one for the performance tasks and another for the short-answer end-of-year component).

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Academic Vocabulary: 3 Ways to Build Students’ Word Consciousness

Academic Vocabulary: 3 Ways to Build Students’ Word Consciousness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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ABI FROST

Most teachers I know have a deep interest in words and academic language.  That’s probably why many of us became teachers— so we could expand and deepen students’ vocabularies and in turn make them stronger readers, writers, speakers and thinkers.  Right?  Unfortunately, most teenagers are not inherently “word nerds” like we are.  In addition to teaching students new words, it is our responsibility to make them more aware and interested in the words they encounter in their daily lives.  We talk about foundations and scaffolds, but how can we build students’ vocabularies?  How can we create a class culture that values curiosity and consciousness about new words?  How can we raise students’ word consciousness?
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"State Tests Lie" - Is your state one of the 11 "truth-tellers"?

"State Tests Lie" - Is your state one of the 11 "truth-tellers"? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The states that are working to align their proficiency standards with NAEP have "the political courage" to rework their standards and tests to ensure that students are expected to master material that truly prepares them for college and good jobs, Karen Nussle, the executive director of the Collaborative, said during the conference call.

Many states are raising their sights, she said, and now is not the time for them to become "politically weak kneed" or be "bullied into turning back."

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  • New York, singled out in Achieve's report as a "truth-teller" for its 5-point gap, had a 32-point gap in 2007 between the percentage of students meeting its own standard in 4th grade reading and the percentage meeting NAEP proficiency cutoffs in that subject.
  • Alabama's 56-point gap in 4th grade reading in 2007 dropped to 7 points by 2013-14.
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Once 'among the most dishonest states' TN now a "truth-teller"

Once 'among the most dishonest states' TN now a "truth-teller" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Tennessee is among a handful of "truth-tellers" about how well its students are doing in reading, according to reserach on the "honesty gap" released Thursday. the state test scores don't match NAEP standards as well in math.


        The Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal (5/15) notes that the report named Tennessee among the eight states designated “truth-tellers,” pointing out that while 49% of the state’s students were deemed proficient on last spring’s reading tests, NAEP “said only 34 percent were actually prepared, a 15 percent gap.” Chalkbeat Tennessee (5/14) also covers this story, noting that the US Chamber of Commerce once panned the state as “among the nation’s most dishonest states when reporting student performance.”

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Thanks to Common Core, most states will finally close the “honesty gap”

Thanks to Common Core, most states will finally close the “honesty gap” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In 2007, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published what was probably the most influential study in our eighteen-year history: The Proficiency Illusion. Using data from state tests and NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress, our partners at NWEA estimated the “proficiency cut scores” of most of the states in the country.
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Should Common Core Tests be used as Barriers to Graduation?

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The American Civil Liberties Union, Rhode Island, and 14 other organizations have sent letters to every school committee in the state asking them to postpone tying the new state assessment to high school graduation.

The letter, signed by such groups as the NAACP, Providence, The Providence Student Union, Young Voices and the R.I. Disability Law Center, calls on local school committees and superintendents to "avoid any use of the PARCC scores for graduation or grading purposes until the 2020 date established in the (state) regulations."

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Based on my personal experience,  we need at least four years of experience with any test before it is used as a barrier to graduation.

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Course Blueprints from Illustrative Mathematics - thinking about next year already

Course Blueprints from Illustrative Mathematics - thinking about next year already | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Providing instructional and assessment tasks, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers, assessment writers, and curriculum developers since 2011.

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Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises - The Hechinger Report

Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises - The Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
It’s time to debunk the myths about who is good in math, and Common Core state standards move us toward this worthy goal. Mathematics and technology leaders support the standards because they are rooted in the new brain and learning sciences. All children are different in their thinking, strength and interests. Mathematics classes of the …
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Standardized Testing Season Encounters Tech Glitches

Standardized Testing Season Encounters Tech Glitches | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Montana unlikely to meet test participation requirement.


HELENA (AP) — Montana's top education official says the state is unlikely to reach the required participation rate in student achievement tests this year.


Standardized Testing Season Encounters Tech Glitches, Parent Resistance.

The AP (5/7, Hefling) reports that this year’s round of new standardized tests designed to conform to Common Core standards has encountered technology issues and parental resistance nationwide. As states transition from paper to online testing, problems were reported in Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, and Ohio. However, the article cites California’s Department of Education as saying that testing for its 3.2 million students was going “smoothly.” A growing number of parents are having their children opt out of standardized tests over fears that the regime has become excessive and detracts from useful instruction.

        The AP (5/5, Noon) reports separately that Montana is “unlikely” to reach the federally-mandated 95 percent participation rate this year due to school opt outs. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau made the testing option last month after widespread technical glitches delayed the first testing sessions. The Billings (MT) Gazette (5/7, Brouwer) reports that the decision to allow the opt outs may not have been Juneau’s to make, as a statewide rule made by the Board of Public Education mirrors Federal requirements that all students in grade seven take the tests. The Board is separate from Juneau’s office and has authority over the state’s schools granted by the Montana Constitution. Juneau later apologized for excluding the Board, and members “appeared sympathetic” to Juneau’s situation in a conference call last month. They will meet Thursday to discuss the situation.
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