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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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State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, a report by by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, DC, USA...
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A White Paper on the Common Core Standards

A White Paper on the Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Jay McTighe and I have written a white paper on implementation of the Common Core Standards entitled From Common Core to Curriculum: 5 Big Ideas





Here are the 5 big ideas and an excerpt:

Big Idea # 1 – The Common Core Standards have new emphases and require a careful reading.
Big Idea # 2 – Standards are not curriculum.
Big Idea # 3 – Standards need to be “unpacked.”
Big Idea # 4 – A coherent curriculum is mapped backwards from desired performances.
Big Idea #5 – The Standards come to life through the assessments.


Link to Common Core White Paper: http://grantwiggins.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/mctighe_wiggins_final_common_core_standards.pdf


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Common Core and Algebra in 8th Grade

Common Core and Algebra in 8th Grade | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Transform Education

By David Saba


Eighth Grade Algebra seems to be the elephant in the room with Common Core State Standards and there has not been a real clear way on how to handle this. I have spoken with district and state curriculum directors and they are still waiting to decide exactly how to ensure the option is there and that they meet common core standards and assessments.


The problem: 8th grade algebra has long been the standard for students going to college. It puts them on track to complete pre-calculus or AP calculus in their senior year maximizing their college transcript. Common Core State Standards does not have specific guidance on 8th grade algebra but introduces algebra concepts throughout middle school.

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Only one of four 8th and 12th graders have solid writing skills

Only one of four 8th and 12th graders have solid writing skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word-processing tools, according to results of a national exam released Friday.


Twenty-seven percent of students at each grade level were able to write essays that were well developed, organized and had proper language and grammar — 3 percent were advanced and 24 percent were proficient. The remainder showed just partial mastery of these skills.

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Teacher of the Year: A defense of Common Core State Standards

Teacher of the Year: A defense of Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 National Teacher of the Year says that the Common Core State Standards are a positive development in school reform, and disagrees with critics, saying, “It’s not the standards themselves that are dangerous, it’s the way in which they may get misinterpreted or implemented in checkbox kinds of ways that could create unintended consequences."

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Closing the Expectation Gap: 50-State Report | Achieve

Closing the Expectation Gap: 50-State Report | Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation. 


Standards:

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted standards aligned to the expectations of college and careers. 46 states and DC have adopted the Common Core State Standards, while four have state-developed CCR standards. By 2015-16, all English language arts and mathematics instruction should reflect CCR expectations.


Graduation Requirements:

Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have adopted college- and career-ready graduation requirements that require all students to meet the full set of expectations defined in the CCSS. Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington raised their graduation requirements to the college- and career-ready level in 2011.


Assessments:

Today, 18 states administer college- and career-ready high school assessments capable of producing a readiness score that postsecondary institutions use to make placement decisions. Four new states - Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Wyoming - joined this list in 2011 by adopting a policy to administer a college- and career-ready test to its high school students. It is expected that 44 states and the District of Columbia participating in one or both Race to the Top assessment consortia will meet this criteria when the next generation assessments are administered for the first time in 2014-2015.


Accountability:

A majority of states, 32, have now incorporated at least one of four accountability indicators that Achieve has identified as critical to promoting college and career readiness. As in last year's report, only Texas meets Achieve's criteria regarding the use of all indicators in its college- and career-ready accountability system. Additionally, four states - Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky - have included the use of multiple college- and career-ready indicators in their accountability systems in multiple ways.

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Elementary Principals: Gearing Up for the #CommonCore

Elementary Principals: Gearing Up for the #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS


Principal Roundtable: On the Front Line of the Common Core
Principals share solutions, tips, and top resources for school-level Common Core implementation.
(Article available to public.)


Forging Connections and Finding Resources Online—Jessica Johnson


Leading Common Core Implementation
Terry Holliday and Felecia C. Smith

Kentucky prepares principals to integrate the standards with leadership networks and a new technology platform.


Slicing and Dicing the ELA Common Core Standards
Virginia Goatley
As schools move toward implementing new English language arts standards, research-based ideas help address critical issues.


Access to the Common Core for All
Margaret J. McLaughlin
Six principles for principals to consider in implementing CCSS for students with disabilities.
(Article available to public.)

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Constructivism, the 5 E's, and Background Knowledge

Constructivism:  A learning strategy that draws on students' existing knowledge, beliefs, and skills. With a constructivist approach, students synthesize new understanding from prior learning and new information.


The 5 E's is an instructional model based on the constructivist approach to learning, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas. The 5 E's can be used with students of all ages, including adults.



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Expect More Achieve More

Expect More Achieve More | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Expect More, Achieve More Coalition is a statewide alliance of business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee that supports high academic standards in public education. The Coalition’s goal is to build statewide and local engagement, support, and awareness of Tennessee’s efforts to raise the bar in the classroom so that every student graduates high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. The Coalition believes that when we expect more, students achieve more.

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Comparing the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of IDEAS

Comparing the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of IDEAS | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How close is the connection between the Common Core State Standards for Writing and the Six Traits of Writing? Somewhat close? Pretty close? Try VERY. In fact, virtually every standard references one trait or another. That’s because the traits are simply qualities that make writing work, and making writing work is the primary focus of both the traits and the CC writing standards.

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Speaking, Listening and Quality Conversation

Speaking, Listening and Quality Conversation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What do learners need: Quality Conversation


By  Burkins & Yaris


In this post, we explore conversation as a critical piece of 21st Century learning and examine how conversation is supported by the Common Core Standards.

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Assignment—The "-ing" in "Teaching"

Assignment—The "-ing" in "Teaching" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Eleanor Dougherty


An assignment involves a task that is taught with a focus on the "-ing" in teaching. Assignments are recipes for instructional events—lessons in the best sense—and their main function is to create a context for teaching new content and skills and practicing learned ones. That is, assignments aim to teach for learning—not testing, as in an assessment, or merely doing, as in an activity.

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States With High-School Exit Exams Focus More on College Readiness

States With High-School Exit Exams Focus More on College Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
National goals to produce more college graduates may have influenced the shift, says a report from a policy center at George Washington University.


"growing recognition that we are sending too many students into postsecondary education unprepared."

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The importance of basic academic skills … and much, much more | Dangerously Irrelevant

The importance of basic academic skills … and much, much more | Dangerously Irrelevant | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Scott McLeod


The following table represents the responses in 2005 of representative samples of American adults, state legislators, school board members, and...

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How to Change Your Expectations for Students

How to Change Your Expectations for Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A recent study out of the University of Illinois suggesting that teachers may need more training on managing their emotions in order to respond effectively to students. That study also found that teachers who had developed more "accepting beliefs" regarding their students' emotional needs tended to be better equipped to handle disciplinary issues.





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High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize - US News and World Report

High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize - US News and World Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New education standards will affect the way regular and AP courses are taught.


"Shifts in how high school classes are taught will force students to do more than just memorize information."

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North Carolina CCSS ACRE Resources

North Carolina CCSS ACRE Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Public Schools of North Carolina


ACRE: Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort

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Future Funding: Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up

Future Funding: Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


"The two consortia will work with two groups that are very familiar to you by now if you follow the common-standards work, because they spearheaded that initiative: the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. Those organizations will work to find funding to help sustain the two consortia after the $360 million in Race to the Top money runs out."

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Conversation and the Common Core Standards

By Burkins and Yaris


Common Core Standards and Conversation
In addition to laying out the standards for reading and writing, the Common Core standards for English Language Arts are flanked by two additional categories: Speaking and Listening and Language. In these standards, we find evidence that helps us make our case for the importance of conversation in our classrooms.
College and Career Readiness Standards for Speaking and Listening:
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style that are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language:
1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension and expression.

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Get Their Attention Without Saying A Word

Get Their Attention Without Saying A Word | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
With a silent attention getting technique you allow students a second to finish a thought they are having. The Raise Your Hand technique starts with the teacher raising her hand, and then all students follow.
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TN Common Core curriculum group begins work

A coalition created to help parents and others understand the new and more rigorous Common Core standards being used in Tennessee classrooms began its work Tuesday.


The group, called “Expect More, Achieve More,” includes more than 100 education, business and civic organizations, including Metro Nashville Public Schools and several other Middle Tennessee organizations. It plans to spend the next year helping Tennesseans understand the changes created in the school curriculum by the new standards.

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Most States Providing Common-Core Instructional Materials

Most States Providing Common-Core Instructional Materials | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Nearly all states are developing curricular and supplemental materials to help districts and schools implement the common-core state standards, but far fewer are approving or certifying lists of materials, according to a new report from a Washington-based research and advocacy group.


Four states—Delaware, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Nebraska—said they are requiring that districts use materials aligned to the common standards in English/language arts and mathematics.


All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted English/language arts and mathematics standards that "reflect the knowledge and skills colleges and employers demand of high school graduates." This includes the 46 states to adopt the common core and the four others that did not: Alaska, Nebraska Texas, and Virginia. (Minnesota adopted the common-core ELA standards, but not the math standards.)

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Podcast: 6 Common Core Instructional Shifts In Literacy Instruction (Pt. 2)

Podcast: 6 Common Core Instructional Shifts In Literacy Instruction (Pt. 2) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In today's daily dose of The EdAdmin Minute I share 3 of six shifts in Common Core literacy instruction.
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PA New State Graduation Requirements 'Major Shift'

PA New State Graduation Requirements 'Major Shift' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Pennsylvania students must take three Keystone Exams, and for the class of 2017 and beyond, passing grades are required for graduation.

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