The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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.
How can we reconcile college and career as a national vision if college is not affordable for every student and if student loans are too onerous for young adults?
school is not something you finish but a place to acquire relevant skills needed for successful futures
focus on clarifying how academic skills are relevant to students’ futures
According to a new multi-year cross state study by the Southern Regional Education Board, complexity and communication of how college and career readiness standards inform new approaches to instruction was found to be a consistent challenge for educators in the 14 states surveyed.
only 46 percent of employed Millennials believe their education was very useful in preparing them for a job or career
In a very early assessment of how Common Core standards may be influencing how much students learn, a new Brookings report finds small math and reading test score gains for students who live in states that embraced the new standards early. The researcher, Tom Loveless, looked at how fourth-grade reading scores changed between 2009 and …
A Special Educator Shares Her Perspective on the Common Core State Standards
Written by Chelsea Miller, Guest Writer | 2 years ago
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) creates high expectations for student success by outlining the set of skills that students need to master at each grade level. At the end of the day, students are supposed to be equipped with critical thinking, problem solving and other career-oriented skills for college and 21st century jobs. Although the implementation of the Standards will have a big impact on students with disabilities, the authors of the Standards have provided only limited guidance in this area.
ATLANTA — In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact
AP Fact-Checks GOP Common Core Claims.
The AP (3/27, Barrow, Hefling) reports that there are a number of “myths” surrounding the Common Core Standards which are being “peddled as fact” by potential members of the 2016 GOP field. The piece features “a quick primer on Common Core,” and continues with a series of fact-check bullets about claims that various Republican contenders have made about the standards.
Some student test scores have inched up, but it's not clear whether Common Core is the reason.
Research On Common Core’s Impact As Yet Inconclusive. US News & World Report (3/25) reports that two new studies fail to shed any light on whether the Common Core Standards are having a significant impact on academic performance five years into the initiative. Studies from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy and the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research “showed small gains on students’ scores nationally on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and in Kentucky on the ACT,” though there is no proof of a causal relationship with the standards.
Mel Riddile's insight:
The Common Core Standards are two years away from full implementation, which includes a complete assessment system.
Common Core has impacted my teaching in many ways. I feel that my lessons and texts are richer and that my students, while they are struggling at times, overall tend to rise to the challenges of CCSS. I have more flexibility with the curriculum in my classroom. I am not “teaching to a test.” I am teaching skills that my students will take with them to college and the work force because the new aligned assessments measures skills, not content knowledge. In the classroom, I see students tackling difficult tasks yet succeeding with help. Some students are frustrated, but with continued encouragement and practice, they, too, are improving. I especially see this in my Literacy Ready course, where students’ ACT scores have gone up an average of four points.
To most of our middle level students, college and careers seem light-years away. But we old codgers (meaning anyone not in their teens) sense with much trepidation how close our students are to their graduation. “Six years ain’t nothin’, kid,” we say in our gravelly, ancient voices. So here’s the question: How do we promote young adolescents’ readiness for postsecondary challenges while they’re in middle school? Clearly, there must be more to it than...
Common Core tests for students are debutingon time this spring, but after years of bruising attacks from both the left and right, the groups tapped by the federal government to develop them are struggling to live up to all the hype.
SBAC, PARCC Facing Pressure As Testing Begins. McClatchy (3/20, Felton, Subscription Publication) reports that after years of “bruising attacks” on the Common Core Standards and aligned testing programs, the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are “struggling to live up to all the hype” surrounding their tests. The piece notes that when first conceptualized in 2010, the groups’ tests were billed as an end to “the era of dumbed-down multiple-choice tests and the weeks of mindless prepping that precede them,” and reports that that year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told teachers these were “the tests that many of them had ‘longed for.’”
The purpose is to create teachers who can teach students to learn how to learn by reading. It's not just about the skill of reading. In involves thinking about what is being read, thinking about content, which, after all, is the goal of education.
Union School District, which serves San Jose's Cambrian Park area, has developed a training program to ensure teachers are well versed in Common Core standards and that they continue improving teaching methods in keeping with the goal of providing students with a 21st-century education.
Technology is in every room at P.S. 101 in Brooklyn — it’s even in the hallways. Scan the QR code with your phone outside of the fourth-grade classroom of co-teachers Vanessa Desiano and Jamie Coccia and a video will pop up of a student giving a history presentation on early explorers. Step inside, and fourth-grade students are working together to discover the themes of chapter 13 in their latest book, The Birchbark House, and typing what they find on iPads.
“People have this fear that if you put technology into a classroom, kids will just be staring at computers,” said Principal Gregg Korrol. “But this class is using technology to engage each other directly in learning.”
The nationwide pushback against the education standards hasn't been very successful.
Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing Governing: Most states are now four or five years into the process. Ending Common Core would mean a lot of wasted effort and money. In places like Indiana, the brand name may have gotten dropped, but the essential elements remain intact. This spring, standardized tests based on the standards are being rolled out in schools all over the country.
This mini-assessment is designed to illustrate some of the fraction concepts listed in clusters 4.NF.A and 4.NF.B, which set an expectation for students to deepen their understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering and to develop their...
Contrary to the critics' assertions, Common Core testing seems to be going just fine.
Common Core Test Catastrophe Fails To Materialize.
In a post for the US News & World Report (3/26) “Knowledge Bank” blog, the Center for American Progress’ Ulrich Boser writes that despite the dire warnings that Common Core testing would be disastrous in states implementing the tests, the testing and the standards themselves “seem to be going far better than many believe.” Boser cites a recent Columbia Journalism Review piece in which Alexander Russo “argues that the ‘media’s coverage of this spring’s Common Core testing rollout has been guilty of over-emphasizing the extent of the conflict, speculating dire consequences based on little information.’”
This policy was developed with the support and endorsement from the Illinois Community College Chief Academic Officers (ICCCAO) and Illinois Council Community College Chief Student Services Officers (ICCCSSO). Additionally, this policy was developed in consultation with the Board of the Illinois Math Association of Community Colleges (IMACC) and endorsed by the Curriculum Committee of the IMACC.
Not meeting high standards ≠ “failing.” Michael J. Petrilli
In the pre-Common Core era, we had a big problem. Most state tests measured minimal competency in reading and math. But we failed to communicate that to parents, so they reasonably thought a passing grade meant their child was pretty much where they needed to be. Little did they know that their kid could earn a mark of “proficiency” and be reading or doing math at the twentieth or thirtieth percentile nationally. Frankly, we lied to the parents of too many children who were well below average and not at all on a trajectory for success in college or a well-paying career.
"The “something big,” according to PBS and other media outlets, is growing grassroots resistance among parents and students to a new set of tests being administered nationwide for the first time.
But so far, at least, much of the media’s coverage of this spring’s Common Core testing rollout has been guilty of over-emphasizing the extent of the conflict, speculating dire consequences based on little information, and over-relying on anecdotes and activists’ claims rather than digging for a broader sampling of verified numbers. The real story—that the rollout of these new, more challenging tests is proceeding surprisingly well—could be getting lost.
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