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New Look at Past Test Results Shows Students Performed Poorly

New Look at Past Test Results Shows Students Performed Poorly | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Is this a harbinger of things to come? Will the implementation of the Common Core State Standards result in even lower pass rates?

 

"A look at old test results is providing a troubling glimpse into just how poorly Michigan students have done on state exams."

 

"Just about a quarter of students in grades 8 and 11 would have passed."

 

"The Michigan Department of Education released the last four year's worth of results from the high school Michigan Merit Exam and the elementary and middle school Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam, but with a twist.


They applied tough new standards for passing the exams—standards that were adopted by the State Board of Education in September—to the old results. Under the new system, students must answer substantially more questions correct in order to pass."

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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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Real-World Math: Students are "able to touch the math, not just try to do the math on paper."

Real-World Math: Students are "able to touch the math, not just try to do the math on paper." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core math standards say students need more than a textbook understanding of concepts like the Pythagorean theorem. So two Colorado teachers teamed up for a lesson in real-world math.
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Montana Allows Districts to Make SBAC Tests Optional (Technical Problems)

Montana Allows Districts to Make SBAC Tests Optional (Technical Problems) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.
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"Higher education support for a set of K-12 standards makes history."

"Higher education support for a set of K-12 standards makes history." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Such across-the-board, state-level higher education support for a set of K-12 standards makes history, certainly in California and quite likely in the nation. Even so, California is not alone in higher education in making a public commitment to the common core; the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and a new organization named Higher Ed for Higher Standards, among others, have signed on. The support seems to be growing, despite state and local politics around state standards and high-stakes assessments tied to accountability.
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Seven Strategies for Engaging Middle‑Schoolers in Complex Texts | Amplify

Seven Strategies for Engaging Middle‑Schoolers in Complex Texts | Amplify | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Seven Strategies for Engaging Middle‑Schoolers in Complex Texts


With all the changes happening in middle school students’ lives, keeping them engaged can be challenging. How can you help them stay focused to develop the strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills required by the new standards?

Our guide, Seven Strategies for Engaging Middle-Schoolers in Complex Texts, provides insight from curriculum and early adolescence experts on the best ways to help students develop close-reading skills: the ability to dig deeply into challenging texts, analyzing every detail and grasping both literal and inferential meanings.

Download our guide to read the seven strategies and help students dig deeply into complex texts.

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Teachers' Thoughts on Testing: The only test-prep that works is high-quality instruction & high-level teaching

Teachers' Thoughts on Testing: The only test-prep that works is high-quality instruction & high-level teaching | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Two Arizona teachers share their thoughts on testing with new aligned assessments.


Because [the new tests] are asking for a much higher level of thinking and application of skills, the only kind of instruction that can truly prep our students is really high-quality application and high-level teaching throughout the year, not a test prep two weeks before.

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PARCC scores to be used in lieu of placement tests

PARCC scores to be used in lieu of placement tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, higher education leaders in Colorado took a significant step to close the persistent gap between the number of students who enroll in college and the number who graduate.

Officials at the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) on March 8 announced that Adams State University and Aims Community College will begin using PARCC, the state's K-12 assessment of college and career readiness, to determine whether entering college freshman are prepared to take college level courses.
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Thus, for Colorado students, these tests matter!

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Common Core is hard because "easy is a waste of time"

Common Core is hard because "easy is a waste of time" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Beth Kramer, mother in a military family


The truth is, the College and Career Ready Standards are working, and my children's improved performance is proof.

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What Students Gain From Being On the Same Path For College

What Students Gain From Being On the Same Path For College | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Schools separate kids into tracks, like honors, based on abilities, but some argue this is a disadvantage to all learners.
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Politicization discourages new teachers - The Hechinger Report

Politicization discourages new teachers - The Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Some education policy researchers and professors in schools of education worry that the politicized education arena and the state’s indecisiveness over the Common Core could have significant ramifications for its teaching corps.
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Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years

Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.


Common Core Assessment Competition Was Five Years Ago.
Catherine Gewertz writes at the Education Week (4/3) “Curriculum Matters” blog about the fifth anniversary of the Race to the Top-Assessment competition, “which offered $350 million to cash-starved states to band together and design tests for the Common Core State Standards.” She explores the goals of the competition and how close the consortia have come meeting them in the subsequent years.

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You’ve heard the phrase ‘college and career readiness.’ But what exactly is it?

You’ve heard the phrase ‘college and career readiness.’ But what exactly is it? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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
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Common Core standards shows bigger gains in 'early adopter' states - The Hechinger Report

Common Core standards shows bigger gains in 'early adopter' states - The Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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 …
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200 colleges agree to let students skip remedial coursework if they reach the college-readiness on SBAC

200 colleges agree to let students skip remedial coursework if they reach the college-readiness on SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Nearly 200 colleges and universities in six states have agreed to let students skip remedial coursework if they reach the college-readiness score on the 2015 Smarter Balanced assessment
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Sharing Common Core Lessons: Achieve (EQuIP) Partners with Teaching Channel

Sharing Common Core Lessons: Achieve (EQuIP) Partners with Teaching Channel | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teaching Channel and Achieve.org partnered on a three-part series featuring EQuIP’s (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) tools for Common Core lesson planning.

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Principal: Don’t blame Common Core Standards for bad implementation in your state

Principal: Don’t blame Common Core Standards for bad implementation in your state | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Jayne Ellspermann

"The Common Core standards make success accessible to all students by allowing them to demonstrate their learning based, not on their life experience, but what they read in the text.

As a result, Carol, I cannot “blame the standards themselves” for the difficulties you and your colleagues in New York have experienced with Common Core implementation."

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Common Core State Standards Are The Best Basis for Moving Forward - Dylan Wiliam

Common Core State Standards Are The Best Basis for Moving Forward  - Dylan Wiliam | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"To make it absolutely clear, I should make it clear that I believe:

a)      The Common Core State Standards are more demanding than the standards being required for college- and career-readiness in the vast majority of leading nations; and

b)      The standards, while specified in greater detail than is customary in other countries, are appropriate given the current subject knowledge of teachers in the United States.

In short, I support the current version of the standards in the strongest possible terms, and without reservation."

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Common Core Testing Debate Pits Affluent Parents vs. Civil Rights Groups

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Affluent Opposed to Tests

Parents in the wealthiest school districts are the ones behind the movement to boycott the state’s Common Core standardized exams, a new analysis shows.

  • Nine of the top 10 school districts where students were pulled out of taking math and English exams in grades 3 through 8 last year were in affluent Long Island communities, the study by education-advocacy group High Achievement New York found.
  • The median income in these school districts is $97,571, far higher than the $58,003 state average.
  • About 60,000 students in the state opted out of at least one of the Common Core exams in 2014. That number is expected to increase greatly this year as more parents and teachers rage against what they claim is an overemphasis on high-stakes exams and test prep.


Civil Rights Groups Fight To Retain NCLB Testing
The Washington Post (4/11, Layton) reports “Advocates for poor and minority children are pushing a novel idea: standardized tests as a civil right.” The Post says civil rights groups assert that Federally required testing is a “tool to force fairness in public schools” by spotlighting the gulf between scores of poor, minority students and “their more affluent counterparts.” In addition, the articles says that the civil rights groups are battling legislative efforts to roll back testing as Congressional legislators begin to rewrite “No Child Left Behind,” the country’s main Federal education law.
        WPost: Education Bill Reduces Federal Government’s Role Too Much. The Washington Post (4/11) editorializes that a “bipartisan senate bill to revise No Child Left Behind...goes too far in rolling back the federal role in setting standards and consequences.” The Post says “some states don’t need prods from Washington, but others have catered more to education bureaucracies or teachers unions than to students.”


The Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal (4/11) reports that “tens of thousands” of New York students in grades 3-8 “and maybe more” will be opting out of taking Common Core-aligned math and English language arts tests, noting that a “parent-led effort...appears to have gained momentum in recent weeks.” The piece notes that the state DOE has threatened sanctions against districts “if participation rates on the exams are low.”

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5 questions to ask before buying any “Common-Core aligned” product

5 questions to ask before buying any “Common-Core aligned” product | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
You’d think this would be old news by now, right? I can’t think of an education company out there that doesn’t purport to have CCSS-aligned products. And yet just last month, EdWeek reported that 17 out of 20 math series that claimed to be aligned to Common Core still fail to live up to their…
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Schools bracing themselves for new, tougher Common Core tests

Schools bracing themselves for new, tougher Common Core tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Students in 29 states are taking the Common Core tests for the first time this spring. A few years ago, one school in Washington, D.C., changed how it prepares for standardized tests, adopting home visits, pep rallies and new curricula to give students a boost. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza reports on how the educators and students are getting ready to handle the more challenging tests.
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Why would a school need a pep rally to motivate students to take high-stakes tests?

The answer is simple, but the powers-that-be, who have never worked in schools, will never grasp.

In many states these tests are meaningless to students, but they mean everything to schools and teachers. What kind of an accountability system is that?

Kids "Christmas Tree" tests and teachers and principals are fired. Schools are labeled "failing." The students who can change schools leaving only the poorest and disenfranchised behind. Eventually "failing schools" are closed.

Relying solely on the good will of their students, schools are forced to waste valuable instructional time in a desperate attempt to encourage students to take the tests seriously. This may work for a while, but when students go years without meaningful feedback from these tests, they begin to understand that the tests are a waste of time. By the time they reach high school, the scam has run its course and students are particularly difficult to motivate.  Experience has taught me, that once students have a stake in the outcome, the game changes. Instead of us wondering how to motivate students, we began planning on how we would get food to students who spent hours on an Algebra tests.


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"students with more exposure to the standards “made faster progress in learning”"

"students with more exposure to the standards “made faster progress in learning”" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. – Results from the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards—Kentucky—show that students with more exposure to the standards “made faster progress in learning” than peers who followed the older state standards, according to a study conducted by the Ame
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Education commissioner: Students cannot opt out of testing

(AP) — Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says school districts cannot honor requests from parents who want to opt their children out of participating in standardized tests. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1DrGFOA), Holliday sent an email to superintendents saying students who don't participate in assessments will receive a 0'' score, and that will be part of the school's accountability calculation. Todd Allen, the assistant general counsel for the education
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Commentary on Posting PARCC Test Items: “Student privacy” is a smokescreen for improper conduct

Commentary on Posting PARCC Test Items: “Student privacy” is a smokescreen for improper conduct | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The storm of criticism recently rained down on test publisher Pearson Education after the revelation that it regularly monitors social-media sites for public posts that contain secure content from standardized tests it publishes.
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How compatible are Common Core and technology?

How compatible are Common Core and technology? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.”


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Strategies for Addressing the Most Challenging Math Standards - Modeling

Strategies for Addressing the Most Challenging Math Standards - Modeling | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Mark Ellis - Modeling is one of the most challenging math domains for students when it comes to math standards.
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Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing

Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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.

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