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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 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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Teacher Collaboration is the Key in MO

Teacher Collaboration is the Key in MO | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Washington (MO) School District Superintendent, Dr. Lori VanLeer, said the district wants to improve instruction through professional learning with grade level and subject area teams.


“Teachers, principals and district leaders will collaborate to plan curriculum implementation, develop assessments, analyze student work and assessment results, and plan lessons, as well as determine appropriate remedial, reinforcement or enrichment style inventions for students,” she said.


"Over the next few years, all public schools in Missouri will transition to the Common Core Standards and new assessments."
“This transition is very exciting, but also challenging,” she said.
Collaboration is key, VanLeer added, and professional teams will need to work together throughout this process.

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The Challenge of Challenging Text

The Challenge of Challenging Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Timothy Shanahan, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey


When teachers understand what makes texts complex, they can better support their students in reading them.


How is reading complex text like lifting weights? Just as it's impossible to build muscle without weight or resistance, it's impossible to build robust reading skills without reading challenging text.


The common core state standards in language arts treat text difficulty as akin to weight or resistance in an exercise program.

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Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News

Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A new report suggests most states are already implementing UDL without a federal mandate.


As educators brace for new reforms, what will these changes look like? How will assessments and curriculum differ from previous versions? How can all students get the best education possible?

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Regraded Test Upends Florida Schools

Regraded Test Upends Florida Schools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

School leaders: Be Warned


Plunging results on Florida's standardized writing test for fourth-graders has triggered concern among school officials, teachers and parents that the state is implementing changes to the testing system too quickly, and has spurred a broader debate...

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Education tsunami hitting North Lake Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— On March 29, attendees of the Tahoe Speaker Series on Education were the first in Washoe County to hear about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) that are being rolled out in our schools and across the nation.

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Common core curriculum: Setting new standards is easy; implementation is the challenge

Common core curriculum: Setting new standards is easy; implementation is the challenge | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Will a common curriculum nationwide improve educational outcomes?


Andrew Porter, an educator professor with the University of Pennsylvania, agreed, saying that research shows there's no correlation now between state standards and educational outcome.


California is cited as an example as a state with high standards and low outcomes.


Kathleen Porter-Magee, senior director of the High Quality Standards Program at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, said that's really about a failure in implementation.


"Even in states with great standards now, not all students are meeting those goals."
Porter-Magee said. "As a nation, we have not implemented standards well.


"Common core standards gives us a chance to reboot, to have conversations about what has failed in the past and what we need to change," she said.

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Teaching Speaking and the Common Core

Teaching Speaking and the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

1. Our students have not mastered oral communication.

  • If you have been in a classroom, you have noticed that students don't speak very well. We really haven't taught them how. Class discussions and presentations suffer. Podcasts, videos, and digital storytelling suffer.


Check out http://sixtraitspeaking.com

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Will Common Core State Standards improve literacy? | eSchool News

Will Common Core State Standards improve literacy? | eSchool News | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As American students continue to fall behind foreign peers, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a new set of academic benchmarks aimed at raising the bar for teaching and learning across the country, the Huffington Post reports. But as John Merrow reports for PBS News, meeting the new requirements won’t be easy for many schools, as a long-taught reading curriculum for young children still learning to sound out words doesn’t comply with the Common Core’s guidelines for emphasis on nonfiction in literacy education. Across the country, 65 percent of eighth graders do not meet grade level expectations in reading. And according to a report out in March, the average reading level of teens in grades 9-12 is 5.3 — barely above the fifth grade. Those results come from “What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in American Schools,” a report by Renaissance Learning, Inc. The data covers book-reading records for the 2010-2011 academic year among 2.6 million students in grades 1-12 from 24,465 schools in all 50 states and Washington, D.C…

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7 Things that a College and Career Ready (CCR) Person Can Do

7 Things that a College and Career Ready (CCR) Person Can Do | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"On page 7 of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) document, the writers of the CCSS have included several descriptors of what a College and Career Ready (CCR) person can do. This is an important page for any teacher because if you don’t agree that a CCR person can do these things, you’re going to be at adds with some or all of the rest of the CCSS document."

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Help your students become better searchers

Help your students become better searchers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

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Text, Context, and the Stanley Cup | Burkins & Yaris

What can we learn about close reads from studying the Vancouver Canucks devastating 4-0 loss of the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins in the 2010-2012 playing season?


"While there is certainly a place for interactions with print-based texts across the disciplines (which is convenient since the Common Core requires it), the standards are also about connecting across “readings,” assimilating, and discovering. Text, in all forms, as a vehicle for critical thinking can support students as they learn to think across disciplines and respond in ways that are not “textbook,” a cornerstone of college and career readiness."

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The challenge of assessment: What Exactly Is "Understanding?"

The challenge of assessment: What Exactly Is "Understanding?" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Assessing understanding might be the most complex task an educator or academic institution is tasked with.


6 Facets of Understanding," a sort of alternative (or supplement) to Bloom's Taxonomy. In this system, learners prove they "understand" if they can:

  1. Explain
  2. Interpret
  3. Apply
  4. Have perspective
  5. Empathize
  6. Have self-knowledge
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What Do NAEP Scores Mean?

by Diane Ravitch


"The point here is that NAEP scores show steady and very impressive improvement over the past twenty years."


Every once in a while, a new set of test scores is released by the National Assessment Governing Board, the federal agency that supervises the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). 


  • When the scores are broken out by race, you can really see dramatic progress, especially in math. In 1992, 80% of black students in fourth grade were below basic. By 2011, that proportion had dropped to 49%. Among white students in fourth grade math, the proportion below basic fell in that time period from 40% to only 16%.
  • The changes in reading scores are not as dramatic as in math, but they are nonetheless impressive. In fourth grade, the proportion of black students who were below basic in 1992 was 68%; by 2011, it was down to 51%. In eighth grade, the proportion of black students who were reading below basic was 55%; that had fallen to 41% by 2011.
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The Centrality of Text | Burkins & Yaris

The Centrality of Text | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"All six of the shifts of the Common Core are text-based shifts:

  1. Shift #1 (Balance): Balance literary and informational TEXTS.
  2. Shift #2 ( Reading in the disciplines): Students learn through domain-specific TEXTS.
  3. Shift #3 (Complexity): All students read the central, grade appropriate TEXT around which instruction is centered.
  4. Shift #4 (Text-based answers): Students have rich and rigorous conversations which are dependent on a common TEXT.
  5. Shift #5 (Writing to sources): students develop skills through written arguments that respond to the ideas, events, facts, and arguments presented in the TEXTS they read.
  6. Shift #6 (Academic Vocabulary): Students constantly build the vocabulary they need to access grade level complex TEXTS.
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Better Standards + Better Assessment = Better Data

Better Standards + Better Assessment = Better Data | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core has the power to enrich data-driven decisionmaking at all levels Implementation of the Common Core State Standards has begun, and new aligned assessments are on the horizon.
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Test scores drop . . . and Florida runs screaming | Educating Ourselves

Test scores drop . . . and Florida runs screaming | Educating Ourselves | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I expressed concern about what would happen if and when states adopted more stringent and meaningful assessments tied to the new standards.

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Another Meaning of the “Common” in Common Core « Nonfiction Matters

Another Meaning of the “Common” in Common Core « Nonfiction Matters | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Whenever Myra, Mary Ann and I talk about CC we stress the third “c,” collaboration — meaning librarians working with teachers and administrators. But I just read a review of a new book that made me think of the idea of “commonality” in a different way.

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Common Standards: The Professional-Development Challenge in Math

Common Standards: The Professional-Development Challenge in Math | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"I think we are going to have to take a long look at the post-secondary mathematical preparation of elementary teachers. Theoretically, the CCSSM should help as they will arrive in our programs with a deeper understanding of mathematics, but obviously this won't happen all at once." - Jonathan Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics education, Northern Kentucky University

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Va. students prepare to take tougher math standards exams

Va. students prepare to take tougher math standards exams | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

99% of all students now attend schools in states which have adopted higher, college and career-ready, standards. 


While Virginia has not adopted the Common Core Standards, the state has re-aligned its Standards of Learning and significantly increased the rigor. "The tougher exams grow out of a broad effort to ratchet up academic expectations and make sure graduates have the skills they need to compete in their post-high school lives."


The new state tests — given to all Virginia students in grades three through eight, as well as those finishing courses in Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry — herald the arrival of an era of harder standardized tests not just in the commonwealth but also across the country.



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Technology and Adapting Lessons to Common Core State Standards

Technology and Adapting Lessons to Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standard don’t specifically mention technology as a separate subject, but assume technology will support the teaching of math, science, reading, language, and writing.


Here are a few of the specific elements that technology can address and examples of projects (not in any particular grade-level order):

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Five Questions and Answers About Common Core GPS Training

Five Questions and Answers About Common Core GPS Training | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Susan Jacobs served as one of the faces of the GaDOE Common Core Professional Learning sessions, including not only the ELA sessions but the Literacy Standards presentations for Social Studies, Science, and Technology as well. She has been working with GPB closely over the past several months to develop and produce professional learning sessions for ELA teachers at each grade level covering topics critical to CCGPS implementation such as Text Complexity, Integrated Unit Planning, and Disciplinary Literacy.

Passion for Learning:


Why did the DOE decide to roll out Common Core training in this live-streaming format?

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Education Week: Spotlight on Implementing Common Standards

Education Week: Spotlight on Implementing Common Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In order to implement the Common Core State Standards, educators need resources and materials that they can use.
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Writing: Why Ernest Hemingway Would Have Loved the iPad | Cult of Mac

Writing: Why Ernest Hemingway Would Have Loved the iPad | Cult of Mac | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

To me, the iPad is the best writing tool I’ve ever used.

And I think Ernest Hemingway would agree.

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Common Core Reflection Time | Engaging Educators

Common Core Reflection Time | Engaging Educators | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

But we see the shift to the Common Core as:

  • An opportunity to push teaching and learning in the direction it needs to move in order for America to compete globally.
  • A shift to creating and thinking critically rather than simply consuming and regurgitating information.
  • A shift to collaboration and connection instead of independence and isolation.
  • A move (finally) into the 21st Century.
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