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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 | Common Core State 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 | 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 Test Anxiety

Common Core Test Anxiety | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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

Why Grammar Is Important | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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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New York is the canary in the #CommonCore mine

New York is the canary in the #CommonCore mine | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
'Let’s take a look at the tests, as well as the cut scores, in order to better understand the continuing march of New York’s reformist lemmings right over the cliff of reason.'
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ACT exam set to better reflect #CommonCore

ACT exam set to better reflect #CommonCore | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Changes to the ACT exam will bring the test more in line with Common Core State Standards next year.
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"Core focus Student performance on the test will be aggregated into two new "readiness indicators" that reflect areas of focus for the CCSS curriculum. Scores in the math and science sections of the test will be folded into one STEM score. A combination of scores from the English, reading and optional writing portions will be combined to form a language arts rating. A "career readiness indicator" representing performance in skills most desired by employers will also be added to the test results, according to The Washington Post."

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Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities, Study Says

Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities, Study Says | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Music, movement, and manipulatives, while fun, may hinder students struggling in math, study suggests.

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"neither struggling nor regularly achieving math students improved when using manipulatives, calculators, music, or movement strategies; these activities actually decreased student learning in some cases. Ironically, a regression analysis of the classes found teachers became more likely to use these strategies in classes with higher concentrations of students with math difficulties."

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Resources for the #CommonCore

From the Collaborative for Student Success

Common Core State Standards resources for the following:

  • State Policymakers
  • Parents
  • Business
  • Educators


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Is this really how we should test reading development in kids?

Is this really how we should test reading development in kids? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A test that has been used since 2001 and given to millions of young students is critiqued.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 2, 9:46 AM

Educational managers and reformers are quite caught up in assigning a number to the learning children undertake. It makes more sense to make the learning enjoyable. Teaching is an invitational event which brings children into safe spaces where learning can happen.

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5 Ways To Use Word Cloud Generators In The Classroom - Vocabulary

5 Ways To Use Word Cloud Generators In The Classroom - Vocabulary | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Word cloud generators have gone the route of Kleenex and Saran Wrap, wherein people often use the name of the product to refer to the thing. Most folks I talk to refer to all word clouds as ‘wordles’, even though Wordle is just one of many, many tools that one can use to create word …
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‘Teachers Know A Lot About Scaffolding’ For Complex Texts

‘Teachers Know A Lot About Scaffolding’ For Complex Texts | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Teachers union takes on Common Core

Teachers union takes on Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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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Meeting common core standards for math

Meeting common core standards for math | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. Both the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment are placing more emphasis on students' abilities to construct, communicate, and critique mathematical arguments, as well as setting the bar a little higher for the depth of conceptual understanding students need.
  2. An emphasis on argumentation and communicating reasoning supports both goals.
  3. It moves beyond students using mathematical procedures, algorithms, or formulas.
  4. While students need to develop skills and fluency with procedures, they also need to understand the mathematical reasoning behind when you would use these procedures and why. A focus on argumentation and reasoning also means greater emphasis on expressing ideas verbally and in written form.


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"These new demands represent a fundamental shift for teachers and students and for teacher educators."

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The Shift From Teaching Content To Teaching Learning

The Shift From Teaching Content To Teaching Learning | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“I didn’t know they could think!” an excited high school principal blurted out.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Cindy Riley Klages, Bobby Dillard
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Give a man a fish...

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Writing in Math a "Dual Benefit": A Research Summary

Writing in Math a "Dual Benefit": A Research Summary | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"mathematics students who have experiences with written communication can experience the rich, deep conceptual learning envisioned by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."

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  1. According to the National Institute for Literacy (2007), the improvement of students' writing skills is related to students' capacity to learn.
  2. writing in the mathematics classroom promotes a deeper understanding of concepts and procedures.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 26, 7:59 AM

"The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000, p. 60) highlights that, "Students who have opportunities, encouragement, and support for speaking, writing, reading and listening in mathematics classes reap dual benefits: they communicate to learn mathematics, and they learn to communicate mathematically."

Leann Bullard's curator insight, June 28, 12:21 PM

Writing in math is a must for comprehension, application, and transfer into long term memory.  We solve problems; we write for mastery.

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Find Your State | The Guide to Technology Requirements

Find Your State | The Guide to Technology Requirements | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

from State Educational Technology Directors Association

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Over 400,000 Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Over 400,000 Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Lesson Planet is a website that provides teachers with a convenient place where they can search for, discover, and share standard-correlated lesson plan resources. Teachers can search over 400.000 online lesson-planning resources reviewed and rated by a team of credentialed teachers. Lesson Planet also provides worksheets, presentations, educational videos and several other good materials to use in your class.

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No need to fear #CommonCore because "all kids have grit!"

No need to fear #CommonCore because "all kids have grit!" | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

GRIT is a term we should be using a lot in education, especially when discussing the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I am completing my ninth year of teaching; next year I will again be in a first grade classroom. I have previously taught second and fifth grades but I’m excited to continue my work with first graders. I have found that, with Common Core, I am able to develop even the youngest students into critical thinkers who will find success in the face of adversity along whatever path they choose. My students have shown plenty of grit at every grade level I have taught. It is critical that we educators do the same. 

In her now famous TED Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth says that the most successful students tackle academic challenges with resolve and do it repeatedly despite possible failure. She says that we as educators have to be willing to join in this process. “In other words, we need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier.” When it comes to the rigor of the CCSS and the standards’ implementation, I couldn’t agree more.

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We Must Better Prepare Students for College

We Must Better Prepare Students for College | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
NAEP data reveal the need to better prepare American high school students for college, National Assessment Governing Board Chairman David Driscoll says.
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Only 39 percent of 12th grade students have the mathematics skills and 38 percent the reading skills needed for entry-level college courses.

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