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Are we confusing reading and writing instruction with assessment of that instruction?

Are we confusing reading and writing instruction with assessment of that instruction? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Testing and teaching are not the same thing. Some educators are blurring the lines.


"As a profession, we are confusing reading and writing instruction with assessment of that instruction. Many teachers strive, as I did, to insert “test-like” experiences within the context of their units to decrease the stand alone skills practice that high stakes testing often causes, but the truth is undeniable. We are increasingly blurring the lines between instruction (teaching and learning) and assessment of instruction (tests to measure teaching and learning)."

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, November 8, 2013 11:55 PM

I so agree! Good points! Although schools must prepare students for taking assessments, assessment preparation and assessment results should not be mistaken for good teaching and/or actual student outcomes.

GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:40 AM

If I'm reading this article correctly, the author does call into question elements of the Common Core Assessment's questionable "side affects" while at the same time not condemning the the intent of assessment.

 

The author's question raises the valid point that there is a difference between instruction and assessment of that instruction. If instruction becomes test prep then test prep becomes the perceived importance of the content. And, in the case of literary reading, the "side effects" of this lack of distinction between what ought to be central and what has become central is perhaps seriously misdirecting student attentiveness. 

 

In my mind, this does not mean that assessment is unimportant and therefore ought to be abandoned. It means that we should be mindful that the purposes for literary reading are not the same as the purposes for attempting to measure the achievement of benefit derived from literary reading. And, if we are mindful of the distinction, then, as was the case for promoting "formative assessment structures," perhaps current literary assessment structures can evolve in such ways as to be less intrusive and thereby less likely to misdirect classroom practices that are more likely to divert students' attentiveness and engagement away from  the actual value of literary reading  and more likely to capture evidence that students' recognize the reasoning behind the advise provided to those who spend time exploring the wisdoms articulated across time and cultures by history's wisest spokespersons. Perhaps assessment structures can continue to evolve to a point where students will demonstrate understanding beyond merely being able to merely identify WHAT the themes are in a piece of great literature,, but also be able to demonstrate an understanding of WHY those themes are worth his or her engaged and serious contemplation.

 

I hope that my take is not Panglossian optimism about the potential for further improvement of the current state of literary reading assessment, but rather the optimism of people such as Martin Luther King who perceived a problem long inadequately unaddressed yet continued to believe, in spite of history's significant evidence to the contrary, that good things could still  be done to more successfully address issues of serious concern.

 

Or maybe Atticus Finch was just an old fool. 

 

 

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

Google Lit Trips is the legal fictitious business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

Jefferson Hall IV's curator insight, September 7, 2015 5:38 PM

Teaching and the evaluation of teaching need to be further separated nationally in the United States. In my elementary, middle, and high school experiences, there has been too much emphasis placed on the estimation on how much students our learning rather that of what we are learning. Specifically, I can recall teachers giving us there examples of what a proficient and advanced essay should entail and forcing us to regurgitate that form time and time again for the soul purpose of meeting state standards. This process does not promote learning, insight, or originality. It deprives students of the chance to actually learn how to formulate their own well written essay. The author of this article, Mary Rudd, exclaims teaching the “habits of mind” through reading and writing to promote efficient learning. Using reading and writing to instigate critical thinking is very poignant to the learning process. Mary Rudd and her long standing career in education validate her credibility of this article.

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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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Half of grads entering community college need help

Half of grads entering community college need help | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New data shows about half of Illinois high school graduates going on to the state's community colleges need remediation in at least one subject.
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Nonfiction Reading Improved but Still Short of College Readiness Levels -- THE Journal

The amount of non-fiction read by students in grades 1-12 has steadily increased since the adoption of new learning standards introduced in the Common Core. Yet students — especially those in high school — don't read to the level of difficulty they should and fall "far short" of what may be required for college and career preparedness. At the same time, students who begin the school year behind their peers can make up for lost time with the right standards in place.

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Technology Integration to Drive Common Core Writing

Technology Integration to Drive Common Core Writing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
If there are exceptions to Malcolm Gladwell’s rule, writing is surely one of them. Even after 10,000 hours, the process can still feel tedious, frustrating and lonely.Practice may not make perfect, but feedback and repetition can help students be more competent at writing. At least, that’s the hope
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Common Core's Big Test: Tracking 2014-15 Results

The 2014-15 school year marked a big change for many states because they switched to tests that for the first time reflect the Common Core State Standards.
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Gaming the System: Another state redefines ‘proficiency’ on Common Core tests, inflating performance

Gaming the System: Another state redefines ‘proficiency’ on Common Core tests, inflating performance | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Arkansas decision doubled the number of Algebra I students considered proficient.
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How to Create Failure and Destroy Public Education

Steven Singer, who teaches in Pennsylvania, explains the planned insanity behing standardized testing, rigged for failure. He likens the situation to a video game that he played with his friend as ...
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The Common Core Explained

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

The Common Core State Standards arose from a simple idea: that creating one set of challenging academic expectations for all students would improve achievement and college readiness.

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#commoncore materials have already crept into all the states that have refused to adopt the standards

#commoncore materials have already crept into all the states that have refused to adopt the standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The consulting group McRel did an analysis of Nebraska's previous state standards in 2013 and found that 417 of the 546 common-core math standards (or about 76 percent) were addressed by the Nebraska standards.

Epler of the Nebraska education department said he anticipates that, at some point, his organization will do a crosswalk with the new standards, "mainly to support our teachers and schools as many resources (textbooks, etc.) are CCSS-based."

As I've written before, common-core materials have already crept into all the states that have refused to adopt the standards—Nebraska included."

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Illinois' Early PARCC Results: Fewer Than 40 Percent Meet Expectations

Illinois' Early PARCC Results: Fewer Than 40 Percent Meet Expectations | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Test results aren't yet final, because they don't include all groups of students, or the results of tests taken with paper and pencil.

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North Carolina's Implementation of Common Core Standards - BAM! Radio Network

North Carolina's Implementation of Common Core Standards - BAM! Radio Network | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this episode, we check up on the progress of common core implementation in the state of North Carolina.

Discuss: #commoncore #CCSS

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Many children return to school without Common Core results

This past spring saw the rollout of new tests based on the Common Core standards. The reading and math tests replace traditional spring standardized tests. About 12 million students in 29 states and the District of Columbia took the tests developed by two groups — the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

According to Smarter Balanced, only a few states have released scores from the spring — Connecticut, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Missouri, West Virginia, and Vermont. Most states have not been able to put out test scores before the start of classes. The delay was expected in the exam's first year, but it's still frustrating for some teachers and parents.

Scores for the almost 5 million students who took the PARCC tests still have yet to be released. PAARC is still setting benchmarks for each performance level. The partnership says they're due for release this fall, and that the goal in future years of the tests is to release the results as close to the end of the school year as possible.

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Where Are Teachers Getting Their Common-Core Instructional Materials?

Where Are Teachers Getting Their Common-Core Instructional Materials? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new study found that teachers are mainly relying on homegrown instructional materials, created either by themselves or their district colleagues, to meet the Common Core State Standards.

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, February 12, 11:16 AM

I have been saying this for a few years now... so much money has been wasted on "programs" that offer little in terms of quality materials... better off going to @ReadWorks, @newsela, @textproject!

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what to do with your individual PARCC score reports

what to do with your individual PARCC score reports | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Wondering what to do with your individual PARCC score reports? You're invited to join outstanding teachers nationwide to dig into tools and teacher-tested strategies to help you elevate the PARCC conversation in your school community, classrooms and teams. By the end of our session, you will have:


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What the first round of test results say about Common Core progress

What the first round of test results say about Common Core progress | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core standards raised expectations for students across the board. This fall, results are coming in for the first time, and in many places, they've been disappointing. John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
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Inspiring Students to Math Success and a Growth Mindset

Inspiring Students to Math Success and a Growth Mindset | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common core based lesson plans and math tasks and ways to instill positive math beliefs. Easy to use in classrooms or home by teachers and parents.
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NAEP and Common-Core Math Show 'Reasonable' Overlap, Study Says

NAEP and Common-Core Math Show 'Reasonable' Overlap, Study Says | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new study looking at the relationship between the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics finds that the two have "reasonable" overlap, but that the national test falls short on assessing some of the common standards. 

The study, commissioned by the NAEP Validity Studies Panel, an independent panel run by the American Institutes for Research, was published in advance of this week's release of the 2015 NAEP reading and math scores for 4th and 8th grade students. NAEP is administered to a nationally representative sample of students about every two years. 

The NAEP test was not designed to be aligned with any particular set of standards—it is meant to be used as a barometer of student achievement across the United States.
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How Common Core quietly won the war

How Common Core quietly won the war | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The standards that naysayers love to call “Obamacore” have become the reality for roughly 40 million students.
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GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents

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New SBAC test results are in. Use this free tool to understand your child’s scores and see how your child is meeting the Common Core standards.


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Confusing Ohio test results are latest effort to unravel Common Core’s promise

Confusing Ohio test results are latest effort to unravel Common Core’s promise | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Advocates hoped to be able to compare student performance across state lines, but that’s still hard to do.
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Common Core and Professional Development: Survey Results

Common Core and Professional Development: Survey Results | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New data from the RAND Corp. tracks teachers' PD needs, with a focus on topics connected to the common core.
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Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 3, 2015 4:10 PM

Interesting... very little time is provided for us to actually work towards continuous improvement. Evaluating student data to make adjustments in instruction is critical to the success of a school district. Time is always a barrier though...

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How did the highest performing state fare on new tests?

How did the highest performing state fare on new tests? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Releases First Round Of PARCC Field Test Results.

The Boston Globe (9/22, Fox) reports that Massachusetts education officials have released the results from the first year of PARCC testing in the state, noting that students “generally had lower scores” on the test. The piece quotes state Education Secretary James A. Peyser stressing that the results are preliminary, “This early report on PARCC results is preliminary and incomplete and therefore cannot yet be directly compared to this year’s MCAS results,” Secretary of Education James A. Peyser said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the complete results as they become available.” The piece notes that the state BOE is scheduled to vote on whether to replace the MCAS with PARCC this November.

        The Springfield (MA) Republican (9/22) reports that MCAS scores rose this year, while “preliminary results from limited field tests of the PARCC exam were less likely to score in that test’s ‘meeting expectations’ category.” This piece also reports that Peyser “cautioned about ‘reading too much’ into the preliminary results.”

        The Daily Hampshire (MA) Gazette (9/22) also covers this story.

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PARCC Agrees to Release Cutoff Scores for Tests - Education Week

Updated "mock" score reports on its website now show the actual cutoff points that mark the thresholds between levels of mastery, said PARCC officials.

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“At First We Felt Angry”: Four Teachers Explain How Common Core Changed Their Jobs

“At First We Felt Angry”: Four Teachers Explain How Common Core Changed Their Jobs | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
One teacher says she’s reading harder books with her students. A second is asking them to provide more evidence to support their answers. A third is now pushing students to find the solutions to math problems on their own. Last month, I spoke with eight actual teachers with actual classrooms...
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Initial Common Core scores higher than expected but goals unfulfilled

Initial Common Core scores higher than expected but goals unfulfilled | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.


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