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Supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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Smarter Balanced Assessment System: Presentation

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Smarter Balanced Assessment System Presentation
This recorded presentation by executive director Joe Willhoft provides an update on the progress of Smarter Balanced.

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The Common Core Standards require careful reading by school staff

The Common Core Standards require careful reading by school staff | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Jay McTighe
  1. We recommend that schools set the expectation and schedule the time for staff to read and discuss the Standards, beginning with the “front matter,” not the grade-level Standards.
  2. We also recommend that staff reading and discussion be guided by an essential question: What are the new distinctions in these Standards and what do they mean for our practice?
  3. Since the Standards are complex texts and demand a “close” reading, we recommend that staff carefully examine the table of contents and the organizational structure; the headers (e.g., Design Considerations; What is Not Covered, etc.), the components (e.g., Anchor Standards and Foundational Skills for ELA; Standards for Mathematical Practice), and the Appendices (ELA).
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What Does it Mean to Read Independently?

By Kim Yaris


Anchor Standard 10 Begs Another Question:


In this post, we look at the part of anchor standard ten that says that students should read grade level complex text independently.


1. Expose them to a lot of text.

2. Let them practice using texts at their independent and instructional reading level.

3. Provide them really thoughtful guidance during shared reading of grade-level texts.

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Providing Student Support with the Common Core & Text Complexity

Providing Student Support with the Common Core & Text Complexity | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Barbara Blackburn


The new Common Core State Standards require that students read more complex texts. What are ways teachers can provide support for new levels of rigor?

  1. Modeling
  2. Layering Meaning
  3. Making Connections

Lucy Calkins. 3 Ways to Help Your Students Become Strategic Readers. Instructor, April, 1997, pages 40-41


Linda Fielding and C. Roller. Making Difficult Books Accessible and Easy Books Acceptable. The Reading Teacher, May, 1992, pages 678-685.


The Common Core State Standards: www.corestandards.org.

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Infographic: Speedy Process for Common Standards Adoption | Visual.ly

Infographic: Speedy Process for Common Standards Adoption | Visual.ly | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In less than three years, the Common Core State Standards have vaulted over key hurdles, surprising more than a few naysayers.
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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I recently came across an article in Wired Magazine called "Why Kids Can't Search".
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MO Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice

MO Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This summer, Missouri received a waiver from NCLB provisions that removes AYP from a school's report card and does not require districts to offer parents the option to transfer from low-performing Title I schools.
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Retired math teacher returns to students at request of school board

Retired math teacher returns to students at request of school board | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When it comes to teaching, Benita Albert is a rock star. She has even returned for an encore. Last spring, after 44 years of teaching mathematics at Oak Ridge High School, Albert decided to retire.
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CCSSO Releases Guide for English-Language Proficiency and Common Core

CCSSO Releases Guide for English-Language Proficiency and Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of Chief State School Officers this week released a new set of guidelines that are designed to help states revise, revamp, or rewrite their English-language proficiency standards so that they align with the common core standards in English/language arts and mathematics, as well as the new content standards that are still under development for science.
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Common Core Standards Are a 'Heavy Lift' for Districts, Schools - US News and World Report

Common Core Standards Are a 'Heavy Lift' for Districts, Schools - US News and World Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

U.S. News and World Report


The new standards will change high school requirements, but turn out stronger graduates, advocates say.


Find the "Bright Spots"


"We're finding ways to use the current resources we have and tap into the knowledge of the amazing teaching and leadership staff."--John Deasy, Superintendent LAUSD

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Target Practice on the Common Core Range

Target Practice on the Common Core Range | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Instructional design is aimed at “intentional” learning as opposed to “incidental” learning. This implies that target goals and desired learning outcomes guide the design and selection of learning activities. Meaningful learning outcomes are a starting and ending point…because it is against accomplishment of the objectives that the effectiveness of the design is measured. (Gagne, R. M., Wager, W.W., Golas, K.C., Keller, J. M., 2005).


I am convinced that the Common Core Standards can ladder up student achievement and school success in the most struggling of districts


The Instructional Goals are the focus of lesson design.


...are not so different from the design of two approaches I have used in the past:

  1. Backward by Design
  2. SAC (Standards Aligned Classroom), an Illinois initiative


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New goals in math tests outlined for Virginia students

New goals in math tests outlined for Virginia students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia I. Wright will present to the State Board of Education the restructured math objectives she is calling "aggressive," as Virginia attempts to close the achievement gap between high and low performing schools and students.


Virginia officials proposed the changes after criticism that expectations were too low in the wake of expected poor results on new, more difficult math tests. On those tests, overall pass rates fell from 87% in the 2010-2011 school year to 68% last year.

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What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects?

What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading Like a Historian: Sourcing


Sourcing documents is a key skill within the curriculum for Reading Like A Historian. Discover a way to structure a sourcing lesson for your High School History class.


What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects? In short, this means that because we don’t read novels the same way we read science labs or the same way we read histories, all of us get to teach the different faces of literacy.

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What does it mean to read proficiently?

By Kim Yaris


"Proficiency is deep understanding–what knowledge do you gain and how do you integrate this information?"--summarize, analyze, interpret, assess, delineate, integrate

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What is “Complex” Text? | Burkins & Yaris

Anchor Standard Ten Begs Question:


In this blog we consider the meaning of anchor standard 10 of the Common Core, which states that students need to read grade level complex text independently and proficiently.


"... the amalgam of several, somewhat complicated, factors that come together to determine what level of challenge a text poses to a particular reader on a particular grade for a particular task."

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How do students feel about rigor and challenging work?

How do students feel about rigor and challenging work? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word:

By Barbara Blackburn


Too often, we promote rigor as work that is only for advanced students, or work that is more (doubling the amount of homework) or harder (you already can’t do it, so here’s something that is even harder). That is NOT rigor.

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Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art

Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This is a great example of how teachers are integrating writing assignments across the curriculum, helping students practice practice their oral communication skills, and helping students safely publish their work in digital forms online.

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Two Versions of 'Common' Assessments Eyed by SBAC

Two Versions of 'Common' Assessments Eyed by SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Amid concerns about the time and expense of testing, a 25-state coalition plans to offer the choice of both a shorter and longer assessment pegged to the common-core standards.


Instead of designing one test for all of them, (SBAC) will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version.


The evolving two-pronged approach would give states the option of using a version of the Smarter Balanced test whose multiple sessions and classroom activities span

  • nearly 6½ hours in grades 3-5
  • close to seven hours in grades 6-8
  • eight hours in high school


or the group’s original version, which lasts about four hours longer in grades 3-8 and about five hours longer in high school.

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Studies Find Payoff in 'Personalizing' Algebra

Studies Find Payoff in 'Personalizing' Algebra | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
An ongoing series of studies shows students do better when word problems are tailored to their interests.

The studies, which were discussed at a recent meeting here at Carnegie Mellon University, highlight one way to boost learning in algebraic expression, a concept considered critical in the Common Core State Standards but which educators say is perennially challenging to students. The study found that personalized math problems not only made it easier for students to understand what was being asked, but also helped boost the confidence of students who may have been intimidated by the subject.
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Word problems can be so intimidating! I think tailoring them to student interests is definitely a good idea, but we need to be careful - I've heard from some of my classmates that, if done poorly, it's a little offensive.

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"n" Ways to Apply Algebra With The New York Times

"n" Ways to Apply Algebra With The New York Times | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Is algebra necessary? An Op-Ed essay argues it isn't. We list algebraic opportunities you can find in the pages of The Times, and invite you to join the conversation.

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Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Not long ago, a survey of teachers found large numbers sizing up the Common Core State Standards as pretty similar to what they're already teaching. The architect of the survey, William Schmidt of Michigan State University, saw in this a distressing sign that too many teachers don't grasp the depth of the change the standards represent, so they might well resist embracing it (or, he theorized, they simply hadn't read the standards).
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Online Assessments Test the Limits of Public School Technology - NJ Spotlight

Online Assessments Test the Limits of Public School Technology - NJ Spotlight | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Half of NJ districts lack adequate computers, Internet capacity...

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Common Core Implementation Requires Building Educator Capacity

Common Core Implementation Requires Building Educator Capacity | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

At Education Nation, there was "widespread acknowledgement that Common Core implementation will require significant time and attention to building educator capacity."

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Core Course Work Predicts College and Career Readiness

Core Course Work Predicts College and Career Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A core curriculum is defined as:

  • four or more years of English
  • at least three or more years of math, science, and social science or history.


Forty-nine percent of those who completed a core curriculum achieved the SAT (College and Career Readiness) Benchmark, compared to only 30 percent of those who did not – nearly a 20-point improvement.

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