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Idaho: What the New Idaho Core Standards Will Mean for Our Students

Idaho: What the New Idaho Core Standards Will Mean for Our Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“Just like the standards we had in place before we adopted these, the federal government has never reviewed or approved state standards. And they have NOT reviewed or approved these. These are Idaho standards. If the federal government ever tries to approve or regulate these, no one will fight harder than we will.” - Tom Luna, Idaho State Superintendent

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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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Text Complexity: How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core?

Text Complexity: How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Many teachers have yet to begin assigning harder, Common Core-approved books. According to a recent Thomas B. Fordham Institute report, a survey of teachers shows that, while many are aware of Common Core’s requirement for assigning harder books, few have yet to implement the changes because they are more focused on reading skills.
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​The debate over Common Core

​The debate over Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The curriculum for boosting K-12 students' academic performance has drawn critics on both sides of the political divide.

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21 Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills

21 Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Close reading is a hot topic that's just getting hotter! Here are 21 anchor charts, bulletin board ideas and other resources that you can bring into your classroom to turn your readers into eve...
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Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs

Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of the Great City Schools has set out criteria to help educators bring common-core-aligned lessons and materials to English-learners.
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Resources detailing the mathematical content emphasized in the CCSS - by grade level

Resources detailing the mathematical content emphasized in the CCSS - by grade level | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A collection of PDFs detailing the mathematical content emphasized in the Standards by grade level.
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Shanahan on Literacy: A Closer Look at Close Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: A Closer Look at Close Reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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16 Common Core Technology Tools--With Examples -

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16 Common Core Technology Tools For Speaking & Listening by Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, Presenters at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference The Speaking and Listening strand of the Common...


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How new standards improve learning conditions for teachers and students - Linda Darling-Hammond | LFA

How new standards improve learning conditions for teachers and students - Linda Darling-Hammond | LFA | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford University, Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing discusses the benefits of college and career ready standards for improving conditions for both teacher and student learning. Darling-Hammond also speaks to the need for performance assessments that better measure student achievement and growth. - 

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Four NY Common Core ‘flimflams’

Four NY Common Core ‘flimflams’ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A former Core supporter writes about four questionable arguments that current Core supporters are making.
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Online Testing: Who are the 6 contenders?

Online Testing: Who are the 6 contenders? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What will the students of Tennessee take in the spring of 2016 instead of the TCAP? That's the million dollar question — or rather, the $57 million question. That's how much Tennessee's last contra...
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  2. AIR
  3. PARCC
  4. Pearson
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  6. Smarter Balanced
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Common Core math is not fuzzy

Common Core math is not fuzzy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Solomon Friedberg is chair of the Math Department at Boston College and an editor of the book series Issues in Mathematics Education.



Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math's plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.


"Common Core saves us from plug-and-chug. In fact, math is based on a collection of ideas that do make sense. The rules come from the ideas. Common Core asks students to learn math this way, with both computational fluency and understanding of the ideas."

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Montana Ed Chief Praises Common Core Implementation

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Montana Education Chief Praises Common Core Implementation.

The Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle (9/15) reports on the classroom changes under the Common Core Standards in Montana, where schools “have been working to carry out the Common Core standards for the past three years.” The article takes note of the growing “backlash” against the standards across the country, but reports that Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau, “one of the Common Core’s biggest supporters, says the new standards are good for Montana students because they are ‘more rigorous’ than Montana’s old standards.”

If you were a third-grader at Emily Dickinson School in Bozeman, your teacher might ask you to plan a birthday party with a $100 spending limit, look up newspaper ads to find how much cakes and supplies cost, and then write a persuasive letter to explain why your party plan is the best.
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After four years of preparation, "Let Common Core flourish"

After four years of preparation, "Let Common Core flourish" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
BY MICHAEL J. PETRILLI AND MICHAEL BRICKMAN:


Educators throughout Illinois have spent the past four years preparing for the new Common Core learning standards by developing curricula, adopting new textbooks, and prepping themselves to teach challenging material. Yet just as Illinois is about to reap the rewards of this long planting season, some want to backpedal. This effort is led by the Chicago Teachers Union, which reversed its earlier support for these new standards.

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Field Tests spur optimism in states

Field Tests spur optimism in states | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"At the local level, school districts are still working through a range of technical problems.

In Los Angeles, principals and test coordinators have identified problems such as not having enough iPads, laptops or desktop computers at some schools for students to take the test in a timely manner. In some instances, Lim said, the field tests were spread out over a six-week period so students could take the tests on a staggered schedule. School personnel said that lengthy period of time was too disruptive of school routines, and that the testing period should be shorter.  Officials also reported that students experienced “log-in issues” with Smarter Balanced software, and students “were regularly kicked off.”

Diane Hernandez, director of the Assessment Development and Administration Division at the California Department of Education, said that the report to be presented to the State Board of Education in November will give a fuller picture of problems at the school site level.  She said there were “some gaps” in broadband access at some schools, but mostly in small rural districts. To fill those gaps, the department last month announced a fund of $26.7 million, known as the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant program. The state last week released a preliminary list of 300 schools – many in remote locations – that may be eligible to apply for the money."

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Grades: Should they support, report, or punish?

Grades: Should they support, report, or punish? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students


Our current system of letter grades works well for many kinds of students. These are the students who learn to play the game. Form relationships with teachers. Can see the rules and parts of the games–which assignments matter, what the teacher values, how to format responses, how to use a rubric, how to study, and so on.
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Connect to the Common Core with Resources Students Commonly Turn to For Learning

Connect to the Common Core with Resources Students Commonly Turn to For Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
If you know the Common Core Standards you know that “The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.” Common Core Learning Standards for  ELA & Literacy, Key Design Considerations
Innovative educators know that when used in the right way, social networks and other online technologies are great tools to conduct such research and gain knowledge. Not only do they leverage resources students already know and love, but they can also encourage learning in a way that is less restrictive and more open and natural.  For example, collaboration in an online group creates relationships “in which people from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives learn and work together” as called for in the Common Core Standards.  
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Explaining the Common Core to Parents: Communications Toolkit

Explaining the Common Core to Parents: Communications Toolkit | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Welcome to Explaining Common Core to Californians – a collection of framing research, recommendations, and sample communications designed to help leading voices in California’s education sector increase public understanding of the kinds of instruction, assessment, and systemic supports needed to fulfill the potential of Common Core State Standards.

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Common Core-aligned Science Articles for High School Students

Common Core-aligned Science Articles for High School Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

ReadWorks is a great non-profit service that offers hundreds of lesson plans and more than two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. Recently, ReadWorks added a new batch of science passageswith accompanying question sets to use in high school classrooms.

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Case Study of a Teacher: Engaging Students in Text Analysis (Part 1)

Case Study of a Teacher: Engaging Students in Text Analysis (Part 1) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teaching Channel got the chance to spend two days in David Olio’s literature class at South Windsor High School. Watch students engaging in text analysis through reading and writing.
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The False Arguments Against High Standards

The False Arguments Against High Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When you can’t make an honest case against something, there is always rhetoric, exaggeration or falsehoods, but it’s disheartening when it comes from an award-winning
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Informational Texts for Elementary ELA: Just a Click Away

Informational Texts for Elementary ELA: Just a Click Away | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
With the switch to Common Core and its increased emphasis on informational texts, many elementary-school teachers have found themselves having to seek out more non-fiction resources. Common Core Reading standards require that students use a variety of skills to analyze, discuss, and write...
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Teacher Erin Dukeshire Defends Common Core: A Response to Principal Carol Burris

Teacher Erin Dukeshire Defends Common Core: A Response to Principal Carol Burris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Guest Post: Erin Dukeshire is a 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, as well as an alumna of both the America


As a ten-year veteran teacher in Massachusetts, I agree with Ms. Burris that we should avoid a federally mandated curriculum. But the Common Core is not that.

In fact, designing my own curricula to meet my individual students’ needs is an essential component of my teaching practice. In my experience, Common Core standards have incorporated a focus on skills and conceptual understanding for students without preventing teachers from making instructional and curricular decisions.

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Massachusetts is our highest performing state.

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Texas District Tests New R&D Model With Novice Teachers

Texas District Tests New R&D Model With Novice Teachers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Austin Texas Experiments With New Style Of School Research.

Education Week (9/18, Sparks) reports the Austin, Texas school district is trying out an “improvement science” program that will change how the district supports and improves teachers while at the same time letting officials look at the larger picture of day-to-day issues. The new strategy lets officials implement a small change to one or two teachers for 90 days. At the end of the trial period, officials tweak the intervention, reform it , or implement the intervention on a system-wide basis. Advocates of the program say that it lets schools perfect a reform before they implement it and helps prevent bad reforms from taking hold in schools.

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All successful change efforts start small with a willing group of people. 

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'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Background Knowledge | Willingham

'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Background Knowledge | Willingham | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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“Close reading” has become strongly associated with the Common Core State Standards, as it’s touted as the reading technique that will allow students to get out of...
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The Mathematics of Hope - on meaningful reform in mathematics education

Here is a new paper by Jo that was published by Heinemann with some important ideas about mathematics messages and the opening of tasks. Mathematics of Hope Paper


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