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College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
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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Can Academic Standards Boost Literacy and Close the Achievement Gap?

Can Academic Standards Boost Literacy and Close the Achievement Gap? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards by nearly all states, combined with tougher literacy assessments, will reveal the large gaps between the literacy skills of average American students and international standards, and the literacy...
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Project Based Learning – in an English Classroom

Project Based Learning – in an English Classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I’ve been reading about Project Based Learning for some time now, and struggled trying to find a way to integrate this kind of pedagogy into my regular classroom practice. I think I do a fair...
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English is like sports 

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Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box

Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Idaho developed Common Core toolboxes for English langauge arts and mathematics.


Each toolbox provides an overview of the standards, instructional materials and resources, and information on the new assessments.


Embedded are links to videos and reports to assist educators and the public in better understanding the standards.

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What vs. How & Pre-reading Strategies (Introduction) | Burkins & Yaris

What vs. How & Pre-reading Strategies (Introduction) | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post we explore three common strategies for introducing text before reading and the ways they do (or don't) align with the Common Core. These strategies have been challenged by the authors of the CCSS and we address this criticism.


"The Common Core only tells us what to teach, but doesn’t tell us how to teach."


Three traditional practices in literacy education:

1) presenting background information,

2) pre-reading strategies, such as predicting, and

3) articulating a summary of the text.


David Coleman Quotes


  • We lavish so much attention on these strategies in the place of reading, I would urge us to instead read.
  • the first escape from the text is to summarize it in advance
  • asking you to just read. To think of dispensing for a moment with all the apparatus we have built up before reading and plunging into reading the text. And let it be our guide into its own challenges.
  • Nothing could be more lethal to paying attention to the text in front of you than such a hunt and seek mission
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Idaho Mathematics Tool Box

Idaho Mathematics Tool Box | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Idaho State Department of Education

Staff
Christine Avila
Mathematics Coordinator
(208) 332-6932
cavila@sde.idaho.gov


These standards aren't a move towards reforming mathematics education; these standards are a move towards transforming mathematics education. Significant changes will occur in instruction, curriculum, and assessment. Quality implementation is key.

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Principal Leadership Article On Technology Integration

Principal Leadership Article On Technology Integration | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Patrick Larkin


The October issue of Principal Leadership arrived in the mail this week and it featured a Question and Answer article with the 2012 NASSP Digital Principal Award Winners. Thanks to NASSP for allowing an opportunity to share some of the wonderful things happening in Burlington. 

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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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Exit Exams Face Pinch in Common-Core Push

Exit Exams Face Pinch in Common-Core Push | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Some states rethink the kind of tests high school students must pass to graduate, or whether to use exit exams at all.
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Pre-reading Strategies, Part 1: Building Background Knowledge | Burkins & Yaris

Pre-reading Strategies, Part 1: Building Background Knowledge | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this blog we explore the Common Core idea that teachers shouldn't build background knowledge to help students understand what they are reading. We offer an alternative to this commonly practiced instructional strategy.
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What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?


Text-dependent questions direct students’ inquiry into the text, rather than outside of it, and can only be answered with evidence from the text.


A strong text-dependent question should invite students to interpret theme, analyze syntax and text structure, support students’ understanding of vocabulary, and analyze the effects of specific word choice.


A high-quality summative assessment will involve writing and should allow students individually to demonstrate mastery of one or more of the standards.


Text-dependent questions will specifically target (Tier 2 Vocabulary) words that might otherwise be a barrier to their comprehension.


Identify what makes the text difficult (Quantitative, Qualitative, Reader and Task)


Rather than present them randomly, teachers can sequence text-dependent questions to help students gradually unfold their understanding and perform rigorous analysis, learning to stay focused inside of the text to construct meaning.


Any good instructional planning begins and ends with standards.


Note: When you are working with text-dependent questions to establish rigorous classroom discourse and providing students with routine writing tasks to support comprehension and analysis, you are activating most of the standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening most of the time.


Assessment: Ensure "that the culminating activity fully aligns with the text-dependent questions and focus standards that you have identified."

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CA to align 8th grade math standards with #CCSS

CA to align 8th grade math standards with #CCSS | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Gov. Jerry Brown evidently agrees that California’s math standards should align more closely with the national Common Core standards. On Thursday, he signed SB 1200, which will allow the State Board to weed out the dozens of California state Algebra standards that were inserted two years ago with the adoption of Common Core as part of an ongoing, unresolved debate over what students should learn in eighth grade.

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PARCC Recent Update: 9/18/12

Audra McPhillips, from the WWPS, shares information regarding PARCC. This webinar is a repeat performance of Monday, 9.17.2012.
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Math Performance Task via Illustrative Mathematics

Math Performance Task via Illustrative Mathematics | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the tasks that we gave our students at the end of our unit on Rigid Motions came from Illustrative Mathematics: 

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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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