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Assessment of Deeper Learning

Assessment of Deeper Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards will require new assessments that measure students’ abilities to design and conduct investigations, analyze data, draw valid conclusions, and report findings—the kinds of deeper learning competencies necessary in the twenty-first century. But developing these new assessments poses challenges, particularly around funding. How can states and districts support the development and implementation of new assessments that might be more costly than current tests? What might make these assessments more affordable?

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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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Colleges use 'test-optional’ policies to become even more exclusive...not more diverse

Colleges use 'test-optional’ policies to become even more exclusive...not more diverse | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When George Washington University announced last month that it was adopting a “test-optional” admissions policy, it repeated a standard line made by colleges that allow prospective students to opt out of sending SAT or ACT scores. “The test-optional policy should strengthen and diversify an already outstanding applicant pool and will broaden access for those high-achieving …
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In practice, however, colleges have used these policies to become even more exclusive than they previously were. Here’s how schools do it: by freeing prospective students from having to provide SAT and ACT scores, they tend to attract more applicants, many of whom may have scored poorly on the tests. (The University of Georgia study found that these schools “receive approximately 220 more applications, on average, after adopting a test-optional policy.”)

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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Engage your students with high-quality informational text that allows them to explore their own interests. Natalie Franzi and Steve Figurelli share five fabulous websites.
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It’s still summer, but some students are getting ready for AP and IB courses

It’s still summer, but some students are getting ready for AP and IB courses | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Prince George’s “Camp IB” and other summer efforts prepare students for rigorous academic challenges.
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The Common Core Standards Assessment Landscape - July 2015


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Conservatives convinced College Board to rewrite AP American history

Conservatives convinced College Board to rewrite AP American history | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Under fire from conservatives, changes are made to AP U.S. History framework.
Facing Conservative Pressure, College Board Revises AP History Test.

The Washington Post (7/31, Layton) reports that on Thursday the college board released “a new version” of its AP history course, noting that it has been “under fire during the past year from conservatives for revisions it made” to the course in 2014. The piece notes that conservatives “slammed the 2014 Advanced Placement history course saying it overemphasized negative aspects of US history.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (7/31) also covers this story.

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State saves money, cuts testing time, and improves quality of tests by "leveraging efficiencies"

State saves money, cuts testing time, and improves quality of tests by "leveraging efficiencies" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Education officials say PARCC saved $2.5M compared to previous state tests


State education officials say new standardized tests last year saved the state more than $2.5 million, compared to previous state assessments.

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Ultimate Math - Where Math is at your Fingertips!

Ultimate Math - Where Math is at your Fingertips! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ultimate Maths helps you to discover mathematics. Learn and revise number, algebra, shape and data topics and access our large data bank of learning resources.
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High Schools Fall Short Preparing Students For College, Survey Finds

High Schools Fall Short Preparing Students For College, Survey Finds | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted for Achieve shows that most college instructors and employers believe students come to campus and the workplace with at least some gaps in preparation.
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More than three-quarters all all college instructors polled said they were dissatisfied with their students' abilities in critical thinking, comprehension of complicated materials, work and study habits, writing, written communication, and problem solving. This reflects a level of dissatisfaction that is 10 percentage points higher than when instructors were pollled by Achieve in 2004.

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A New Definition of Rigor?

A New Definition of Rigor? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
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Writing: 5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher-Level Thinking

Writing: 5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher-Level Thinking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Marilyn Pryle shares five reading response activities to help students interact with texts in creative ways that require even higher levels of understanding.


How To Write an RR

  1. Label the type of RR you are writing.
  2. Write at least four sentences.
  3. Have an original idea; don’t just summarize.
  4. Quote and cite something in the text to support your idea.
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As predicted, scores dive as tests get harder

As predicted, scores dive as tests get harder | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

PSSA scores dive as tests get harder


As many educators predicted, scores on the state's standardized tests plummeted this year, the first time the exams were aligned with the rigorous Pennsylvania Core Standards.


Pennsylvania Test Scores Drop In First Year Implementing New Standards.

The Allentown (PA) Morning Call (7/15, Palochko) reported Pennsylvania test scores “plummeted this year, the first time the exams were aligned with the rigorous Pennsylvania Core Standards.” Many educators predicted the lower scores, especially in math, which fell by 34%.

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Ohio's Common Core math and English tests will be cut to 3 hours each

Ohio's Common Core math and English tests will be cut to 3 hours each | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ohio's new math and English tests will take a combined six hours next year, down from the 10 or more spent on the Common Core exams from PARCC this past school year.


Ohio To Limit Common Core Tests To Three Hours Per Subject.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/13) reports that Ohio Department of Education testing director Jim Wright told the state Board of Education this week that his department is working with the American Institutes for Research on limiting next year’s Common Core tests to three hours per subject per year. The article contrasts this with the “10 to 11 hours students spent on the PARCC Common Core tests this just-finished school year.”

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 30, 3:28 PM

Cutting time may be an asset to students doing better on tests.  A lot of students concentration of attention are not able to complete a 10 hour test.  Cutting down the test and making the test more detailed and attentive may be the way to go to impact student learning.

Rog Rothe's curator insight, July 31, 2:08 AM

This is a move in the right direction.   The testing that took place in Michigan this year was ridiculous.  I scooped this because there is a major need to change the amount of testing that we do to our students.

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Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience

Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series focusing on the...

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ACT Scores Remain Flat as Number of Test Takers Rises

ACT Scores Remain Flat as Number of Test Takers Rises | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The latest results suggest that this year's graduating class may not be much more prepared than last year's class for college or a career.
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High Quality #Math Lessons

High Quality #Math Lessons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A growing collection of mathematics lessons that illustrate the focus, coherence, and rigor of the Standards. These lessons can be adapted for instructional purposes.


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PARCC Decides on High School Cut Scores

PARCC Decides on High School Cut Scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The testing consortium approves cut scores for the high school test, but can't disclose yet what they are, since the point system--and spring performance data--are still being finalized.


"The threshold scores for each high school performance level were recommended by panels of teachers who were nominated by their states and convened in Denver last month. They examined test questions, analyzed their difficulty and suggested cut points that would place students in the five performance levels, which describe how ready they are for college. The "mid range" recommendations of those teachers were the levels that were adopted by PARCC representatives today, Nellhaus said."

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Is high school too easy?

Is high school too easy? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Neither university faculty nor employers believe that American public high schools are preparing students for the expectations they'll face in college and career.

  • In fact, compared to 2004, the assessment is even more dismal. More than a decade ago, for example, only 28 percent of college instructors stated that schools were doing an adequate job of readying students for what came next after high school. That count is down to 14 percent in 2015.
  • Among employers, 49 percent in 2004 said that schools were adequately preparing students for what they would need for work; in 2015, the count was 29 percent.
  • Part of the challenge, say students themselves, is that their high schools don't set academic expectations high enough. Fifty-four percent said that they were only "somewhat challenged"; 20 percent said it was "easy to slide by.""
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Task Force Votes To Keep Common Core

Task Force Votes To Keep Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Governor's Council on Common Core Review, chaired by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, arrives at a bold conclusion: The Department of Education needs to review Common Core.
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Arkansas Common Core Task Force Votes To Keep Standards.

The Arkansas Times (7/30) reports that the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Common Core Review voted this week to recommend that the state retain the standards while the Arkansas Department of Education conducts “a comprehensive review of the standards with the goal of revising, improving and replacing” them “as warranted.” The article points out that the panel took 40 hours of hearings around the state to essentially punt the decision back to the state DOE, suggesting that the lack of action can be attributed to the standards being “a political hot potato.”

        The AP (7/30, DeMillo) reports that the panel approved “recommendations that called for the state’s ‘complete and unfettered control’ over the standards, but didn’t call for an outright end to the use of Common Core.” The piece reports that Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who chaired the panel, “said he didn’t think it makes sense for the state to drop Common Core before it reviews how to replace the standards.” KTHV-TV Little Rock, AR (7/30) also covers this story.


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Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.
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In April and May the organization queried 767 college instructors, fairly evenly split between those who teach first-year students either in two-year schools or four-year schools, as well as 407 employers involved in hiring and other personnel decisions, divided closely between those who work at firms employing 26 to 100 employees and those employing more. These surveys follow one done last fall that talked to 1,347 recent graduates from the classes of 2011 through 2014 about their sense of preparedness for life after high school. The survey work was performed by Hart Research Associates.

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U.S. will never have high quality instructional systems because it is simply not prepared to pay

U.S. will never have high quality instructional systems because it is simply not prepared to pay | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What's preventing U.S. states from investing in high quality instructional systems like the world's top performers? It could come down to dollars and cents.
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The Common Core, explained

The Common Core standards are a major change to how American education policy works, part of an era of ambitious reform ushered in by the Obama administration. They're also a big political story —...
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Despite Politics, Common Core is Here to Stay

Despite Politics, Common Core is Here to Stay | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Joseph Rogan, Ed.D. of Misericordia University writes that a political intersection between Common Core and the 2016 presidential election may not be clear.
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clarifying the mathematical underpinnings of secondary school

clarifying the mathematical underpinnings of secondary school | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In 2008–2009 Dick Stanley and Phil Daro, with the help of Vinci Daro and Carmen Petrick, convened a group of mathematicians and educators to write essays clarifying the mathematical underpinnings o...
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Pro-Common Core group outlines suggestions for use of standards

Pro-Common Core group outlines suggestions for use of standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A pro-Common Core coalition of business groups has a series of recommendations for the state as it soldiers on with the standards, including the use of an independent review to gauge their effectiv...
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“The educators and parents in this report are sending a clear message – higher standards are working in their classrooms and for their children,” said Steve Sigmund, High Achievement’s executive director. “Despite cynical voices whose solution is to ‘opt out,’ we know the standards and assessments are needed, and there are real improvements that will help make them more effective for millions of kids. We must continue moving forward to ensure that New York’s students are ready for college and 21st century careers.”

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