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Common Core: School leaders worry about transition to a new, more rigorous curriculum

Common Core: School leaders worry about transition to a new, more rigorous curriculum | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The three-year transition to a more challenging K-12 curriculum in math and English language arts has just begun, but some school officials worry the state isn't moving fast enough.

 

The Common Core Standards will:

 

1. be more rigorous

 

2. demand higher-order thinking

 

3. introduce some concepts at an earlier age.

 

4. Allow for interstate comparisons.

 

- "South Dakota will get its best look yet at how its students stack up against much of the rest of the country."

 

"An investment we can't affort not to fund."

 

- Harrisburg Superintendent Jim Holbeck said teachers will need a lot of time to align their lessons to Common Core. That’s going to require professional development during the summer, he said, and teachers will have to be paid for that time.

“This is an investment we can’t afford not to fund,” he said.

But for now, school districts are planning to bear much of the costs on their own.

 

Transition creates gaps in instruction


- The tricky thing about moving to Common Core will be the transition years.

 

- When the new standards are implemented and a key math concept moves from second grade to first grade, what happens to that year’s second-graders?

 

- "Gap Map" - In Sioux Falls, committees of educators are assembling a “gap map,” which will identify the lessons students will miss if nothing is done. Next, they’ll create mini-units for the affected teachers to use during the transition.

 

Testing Challenges

 

Testing students during the transition presents its own challenges.

South Dakota is part of a 30-state consortium developing new assessments they hope will be ready for 2015. In the interim, students will continue to take the Dakota-STEP.

 

That means that until at least 2014, students will be tested and schools held accountable based on the state’s old math standards. But many school districts will have the new standards in place well before then.

 

The state will embed the Dakota-STEP with 20 questions from Common Core, but those questions will not count for school accountability.

 

“Even though Dakota-STEP will continue to be administered right up until 2015, teachers will be teaching the new K-12 Common Core state math standards starting next year in 2012,” McAdaragh said.

 

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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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Rice Offers First Free Advanced Placement MOOC

Rice Offers First Free Advanced Placement MOOC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Rice University has released a free Advanced Placement biology course on edX in a milestone move to bring college-level courses to high school students."


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Educators for High Standards

Educators for High Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As states, districts, and schools implement the Common Core State Standards and aligned tests, the enlightened voices of teachers, principals, and other educators are essential. We are dedicated to...
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Schools ask feds for delay on new standardized test

Schools ask feds for delay on new standardized test | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Wednesday that she'll ask the federal government to delay the rollout of a new and controversial state exam for grade school students this spring.


Chicago Schools Chief To Request Delay On PARCC Exam.

The Chicago Tribune (10/21) reports Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Wednesday she will be asking the US Department of Education to delay full implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test. Instead, Byrd-Bennett will talk about expanding a pilot program for the test as concerns over the “more rigorous” Common Core Standards are rising.

        The Chicago Sun-Times (10/23) reports that state officials have already told Byrd-Bennett that she could not delay implementation as it would “jeopardize its federal funding for poor children by granting CPS an exception to the law requiring the test.” Byrd-Bennett said that her decisions has the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union and many school principals have complained about the time involved in administering the PARCC. The article notes that the main reason the state denied the first request by Byrd-Bennett to delay the exam was that it does not have the authority to grant the delay.

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At the Core of Common Core: Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters)

At the Core of Common Core:  Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters) | 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.


"The Common Core State Standards require students to think more than ever.  But to think and describe this thinking, a student needs strong language skills.  This language is often called “academic language,” though its features vary widely across subject areas, texts, and classrooms.   Like fish in water, most of us rarely recognize the fact that almost any cognitive act involves language.  We have worked with a wide range of educators who are striving to meet the many language needs of English learners in this era of new standards. And in this work we have come across several of what we call “under-realized principles.”

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This blog post gives excellent suggestions on how every teacher AND STAFF MEMBER can be involved with CCSS and with improving achievement . If 'academic language' becomes common throughout your school, thinking skills might improve at the same time.

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Standards are not the same as curriculum!

Standards are not the same as curriculum! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
standards are not the same as curriculum.

Standards are set at the state level and define learning goals. Curriculum is the actual content that is taught and is usually chosen and developed at the local level, often by the teachers themselves, as this veteran math educator explains.

It’s an understandable mix-up for someone who doesn’t cover education everyday, but it’s still stoking the resistance to Common Core because opponents claim that common standards will lead to uniform curriculum.
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Dispelling the myths of Common Core

Dispelling the myths of Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

SHERIDAN — The Common Core State Standards continue to be an ongoing hot topic of conversation in Sheridan County and elsewhere, as is evident by the persisting debates and pre-election positioning on the issue. While it is commonly stated that there is much discourse between supporters and critics to the standards, there appears to be Read More

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California conditions favorable for Common Core implementation

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California Conditions Optimal For Common Core Implementation.

EdSource Today (10/17, Mongeau) reports California may be in a better position than other states to implement Common Core “without significant resistance.” Among the reasons California is in this position are that “all major legislative bodies – and relevant office holders – support the Common Core,” and that “field tests prepared students for taking Smarter Balanced tests in the spring of 2015.” Despite the political support, “what is still unknown is whether the new standards will achieve their long-term goal: ensuring that students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or other career pathways.”

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New education standards create problem solvers

Ohio’s new learning standards (Common Core) are a shift away from a focus on memorized facts that are tested then forgotten to content that is learned, practiced, mastered and applied to real world problems.

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Grades from spring Common Core tests may not be available until 2016; state report cards will be delayed

Grades from spring Common Core tests may not be available until 2016; state report cards will be delayed | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
No one knows how kids will score on the new Common Core exams from PARCC, so any grades from those tests will be delayed for months while PARCC states sort them out.


Ohio BOE: Spring Common Core Test Results Likely To Be Delayed.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/15) reports that according to Ohio Board of Education Vice Chairman Tom Gunlock, results from the PARCC tests this coming spring in the state “won’t be available for months – possibly not until 2016.” The article notes that state test results are typically released in August, and notes that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers “won’t make a key and potentially controversial decision until next fall – what test scores will count as good ones and what scores count as bad ones.”

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School Income Level Continues to be Big Predictor of College Enrollment

School Income Level Continues to be Big Predictor of College Enrollment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The second annual National Student Clearinghouse Resource Center Benchmarks Report analyzes the college-going patterns of 3.5 million students and finds income is the prime predictor.
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The Center shows that enrolling in a four-year college is most closely linked to attending a high-income school. While 73 percent of students from high-income, low-minority, suburban schools enrolled in college right after high school graduation, the college-enrollment rate at low-income schools ranged from 47 percent to 58 percent, according to the report.

Once income is controlled for, there was no difference in college-going rates between urban, suburban, and rural high-minority schools.

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Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials

Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As publishers continue to flood the market with “Common Core” aligned materials, the task of sifting through and weeding out the good from the bad becomes increasingly more difficult. Educators are particularly concerned about which materials to purchase to support students’ ability to read “closely and carefully.” In response to this growing concern, we offer you the following three questions to ask as you evaluate and vet the materials you are considering for your school.

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Common Core: a path to success

Common Core: a path to success | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core opponents across state are not only quarreling, but also distorting the facts


In Tennessee, the growing and unfortunate disconnect between workers and job readiness is causing some of the state’s biggest employers — Volkswagen, Nissan and Bridgestone, to name a few — to set up and pay for their own education programs to help employees get the basic skills they need to work.

According to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, by 2021 Nashville is estimated to have more than 35,000 job openings that will be hard to fill — even though there are more than 220,000 Tennesseans unemployed today. And why? you might ask. Simply put, there won’t be enough skilled or credentialed workers in the area to fill them.

The problem of not educating enough skilled and career-ready workers isn’t Tennessee’s alone.

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Math Fluency Without Fear

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Number sense is one of the most important areas of mathematics - but publishers and districts often encourage the opposite – the blind memorization of math facts. In this short paper we summarize s...


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Teachers share their insights on Common Core

Teachers share their insights on Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The new Common Core way of teaching has been challenging, interesting, stressful and fun, San Francisco teachers told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a two-day tour of city schools this week.


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"Learning to negotiate text requires a set of skills that translates across text levels."

Climbing the Staircase of Complexity: The Research and the Reality (Part 2)
This is the second of a two-part series that explores the "staircase of complexity" presented in the Common Core State Standards. In this post, we suggest that
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Teachers say Common Core Standards for English instruction are paying off in the classroom

Teachers say Common Core Standards for English instruction are paying off in the classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Bismarck teachers said Monday that the state’s new Common Core standards for English instruction are paying off in the classroom.
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Social Studies Includes History and Thinking

Social Studies Includes History and Thinking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Based on what I've read in the draft standards, I don't think there's any doubt that history is important. Sure the standards don't dictate which events we must study, but they do require us to study history in order to think historically. Let's take a look at grade 6.



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The Common Core: Educators, students and families continue to study the state standards and learn by doing

The Common Core: Educators, students and families continue to study the state standards and learn by doing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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The Common Core State Standards, now in their fourth year in New York, continue to have a huge effect on teaching and learning throughout the state and the country, with voices raised both for and against them.

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Implementing the Common Core: "Go slow to go fast." - Terry Holliday

Implementing the Common Core: "Go slow to go fast." - Terry Holliday | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

We said it was unfair to ask teachers to accept a teacher evaluation model based on student performance on standardized tests unless, one, those tests were based on the Common Core and, two, the teachers had had several years to develop the skills and create the curricula needed to implement the Common Core.  But, even then, we think the Department’s model is deeply flawed.  Our model is very much a professional growth model.  We don’t believe in a model of teacher evaluation in which a percent of the evaluation is based on student test scores; that is why we submitted a matrix model of assessment, which cannot be used to associate student test scores with individual students.  That model was ultimately approved by the Department.

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Common Core Impacts Teacher Training Programs

Amy Hansen / StateImpact


Nearly half the teachers in the classroom said in August that have not been adequately prepared to teach to the Common Core - learning standards that emphasize reasoning over rote memorization.

That national survey got us wondering
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Teacher Training Programs Impacted By Common Core Standards.

NPR (10/15, Hansen) “State Impact” reports on how colleges in the state of Ohio have changed their curriculum to better prepare future teachers to lead instruction in the Common Core Standards. The state’s 13 public universities with teacher prep programs “all say they have made curriculum changes,” but until the state legislators formally tell professors to prep future educators for the standards, there is no guarantee of widespread instruction.


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Math: 65 Common Core-aligned math videos | Teaching Channel

Math: 65 Common Core-aligned math videos | Teaching Channel | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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The Teaching Channel offers 935 brief (most less than 10 min) selections, organized and cross-indexed by Subject, Grade, and Topic. Great for individual use, group discussions, or professional development activities.


Each video is accompanied by questions for consideration and direct connections to CCSS, along with additional details. Many have accompanying transcripts.


Registration is free and allows teachers to take, share, and save notes as they view videos as well as enjoy other benefits.



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Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels -- THE Journal

Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels -- THE Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
According to a new study by the American Institutes for Research, the states reporting the highest percentage of proficient students have the lowest performance standards.
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Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast?

Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington State are among the first states to tie graduation to new Common Core tests. But critics say kinks still need to be worked out.
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Why I Stopped Criticizing Common Core Math

Why I Stopped Criticizing Common Core Math | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

One night, my son brought me his homework and he was marked wrong (yet again) even when his work was correct. After dealing with my frustrations, I realized what she was trying to teach my son something very important. She wanted him to attend to precision. The very skills that I demand in  my own students when they came to tutoring!

And so the pendulum swung for me this previous school year while I sorted out my feelings and own misconceptions about Common Core Math. I decided to confront some of my own thoughts and frustrations. I started to read Common Core Standards beyond the grades that I tutored.  I read the suggested pacing guide and got a more complete picture. While reading, I discovered something that teachers should be telling parents...the standard algorithm that we grew up using is in there!Imagine that. Starting in third grade, the standard algorithm shows up. Students are expected to know how to add and subtract the "old school" way.

"Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms
based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship
between addition and subtraction." (3.NBT.2)
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"Country's problem of unequal education is too important to be sacrificed to partisanship." - Bill Richardson

"Country's problem of unequal education is too important to be sacrificed to partisanship." - Bill Richardson | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Country's problem of unequal education is too important to be sacrificed to partisanship.
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