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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't you learn about the world through fiction? 

Can't you learn about the world through fiction?  | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core standards for English Language Arts call for a significant dose of non-fiction reading, in support of reading comprehension, a finding I’ve discussed before . That requirement has...
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Nonfiction for Grades 6-12: Common Core Reading Standard #9

Nonfiction for Grades 6-12: Common Core Reading Standard #9 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading Std #9 for grades 6-8:Compare/contrast texts on similar themes or topics.


Have students compare the scope, structure and visual components of this book with the equally excellent but longer and broader Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin.

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Two Common Core Blunders

Two Common Core Blunders | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
We all have heard that the Common Core ELA Standards specify more non fiction reading skills than state ELA standards appeared to do. In a workshop I attended on Implementing the Common Core, the presenter stated that approximately 70% of...
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Matching Readers to Texts: Instructional Hocus Pocus vs. Educator Common Sense (Part 2) | Burkins & Yaris

Matching Readers to Texts: Instructional Hocus Pocus vs. Educator Common Sense (Part 2) | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post we simplify the Common Core's suggested twelve step process for determining the complexity of a text.
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Text Complexity 101 | Burkins & Yaris

Text Complexity 101 | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core sets in motion many new trends, including a focus on text complexity.
  • This focus drives a shift toward raising proficiency by engaging students in interactions with “lots of complex texts” that “offer them new language, new knowledge, and new modes of thought.” (Appendix A, p. 4)


Measuring Text Complexity


Appendix A suggests that we measure text complexity by considering: 

PART 1: QUANTITATIVE VARIABLES

PART 2: QUALITATIVE VARIABLES

PART 3: INDIVIDUAL READER/ TASK VARIABLES


Takeaways

  • Text complexity is more than just a quantitative measure (Lexile).
  • How well are we integrating quantitative measures with qualitative and individual reader variables to make informed decisions as we select text for instruction?
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What are "Habits of Mind"

What are "Habits of Mind" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) describes habits of mind as “knowledge, skills, and dispositions that operate in tandem with the academic content in the standards … and offer a portrait of students who, upon graduation, are prepared for college, career, and citizenship.”

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English Teachers Need to Defend Literature from Myths of the Common Core

English Teachers Need to Defend Literature from Myths of the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I teach English, and I am feeling a little defensive lately. In the past week, I have had two separate “literature-threatening” incidents. The first came from a reader to an opinion pie...
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'Urgent Demand' for new generation of instructional materials

'Urgent Demand' for new generation of instructional materials | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The adoption of the new standards is creating an urgent demand for a new generation of instructional materials and comprehensive support programs for students and teachers.

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EduCore - Free Tools for Teaching the Common Core funded by Gates via ASCD

EduCore - Free Tools for Teaching the Common Core funded by Gates via ASCD | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ASCD Launches FREE EduCore™ Tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy.


The EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s comment, September 17, 2012 11:49 AM
This website has resources for middle and high school level ELA an Math.
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Public Education: A Nation Divided | PDK/Gallup Poll

The PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools allows educators and policy makers to track public opinion about the nation’s public schools.


The public is divided:

  • on whether teachers should be evaluated based on student standardized test scores.
  • on whether parents should receive vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private schools.
  • on whether the children of immigrants who entered this country illegally should receive a free public education.
  • on whether high school graduates are ready for college
  • in how we perceive our schools, assigning the schools our children attend the highest grades ever while showing little confidence in the nation’s schools as a whole. 
  • on which political party and which presidential candidate can more positively influence public education in America.


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The Curriculum Reformation

The Curriculum Reformation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

City Journal, Summer 2012

By Sol Stern


New national standards prod schools to return to content-based education.


For the first time in almost half a century, education administrators and policymakers around the country are seriously discussing the role of a content-based curriculum in raising student achievement.

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Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments

Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Experts suggest test-makers will be challenged to write items that will measure the depth of knowledge expected.
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Common Core Standards for ELA: Speaking and Listening

Common Core Standards for ELA: Speaking and Listening | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The English Language Arts (ELA) standards are divided into broad categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language.


The first standard under Comprehension and Collaboration requires that students learn how to initiate and participate in a range of collaborative discussions including one–on-one, group, or teacher-led on grade-appropriate topics.


“The Internet has accelerated the speed at which connections between speaking, listening, reading, and writing can be made, requiring that students be ready to use these modalities nearly simultaneously. Technology itself is changing quickly, creating a new urgency for students to be adaptable in response to change.”

–Common Core State Standards

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Scholar Mulhern's comment, September 2, 2012 1:45 PM
Great website. Thank you. I have referenced you on my own--synthesizingeducation.net, where I will be posting biweekly exemplars for the Common Core.

James Mulhern
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Tier 2 Vocabulary

Tier 2 Vocabulary | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Vocabulary is addressed not only in the reading anchors, but also in the language anchor standards.

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Matching Readers to Texts: Instructional Hocus Pocus vs. Educator Common Sense (Part 3) | Burkins & Yaris

Matching Readers to Texts: Instructional Hocus Pocus vs. Educator Common Sense (Part 3) | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post, we look at our recommendations for helping children gain access to complex text in light of the different instructional contexts for making text available to students.
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Matching Readers to Texts: Instructional Hocus Pocus vs. Educator Common Sense (Part 1) | Burkins & Yaris

Matching Readers to Texts: Instructional Hocus Pocus vs. Educator Common Sense (Part 1) | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post, we enumerate the twelve step process suggested by the Common Core for determining the text complexity of a book and wonder if this process is just a bit too lengthy to be practical.
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Measuring the Text Complexity of Poems

Measuring the Text Complexity of Poems | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Burkins & Yaris


Poetry presents unique challenges to educators trying to measure complexity. In this post, we look at this unique situation and discuss the best way to measure the complexity of poems.

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CC Standard of Mathematical Practice #2: "it is truly about how we teach"

CC Standard of Mathematical Practice #2: "it is truly about how we teach" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The second Common Core Standard of Mathematical Practice reads as follows:

“Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize — to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents — and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.”

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Making English Part of the Fabric

Making English Part of the Fabric | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
For years, students with poor English language skills have lagged behind their fluent classmates. Now an outer suburb of San Francisco is one of many school districts nationwide overhauling their approach to try to close the language gap.
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PARCC: Overview of Common Core State Standards Assessment Samples

PARCC: Overview of Common Core State Standards Assessment Samples | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Learn more about the Common Core assessment samples released earlier this week.



PARCC presents and discusses three innovative ELA item types:

  • Evidence-based selected response (EBSR) – A traditional selected-response item will be followed by an item that asks students to show the text evidence that led them to the answer in the first item.
  • Technology-enhanced constructed response (TECR) – These items will measure students’ understanding of texts using technologies such as drag and drop, cut and paste, highlighting, and arranging items to show relationships.
  • Range of prose constructed response (PCR) – These items will be essays that measure students’ understanding of texts through written expression. Language conventions will also be measured. Each annual performance-based assessment will contain FOUR of these items.


PARCC presents and discusses the following innovations in item formats and assessment design:

  • Items may include simulations that call for improving a model, responding to game-like environments, or constructing diagrams or other visual models.
  • Items will avoid the limitations of traditional multiple-choice items with formats such as drag and drop, selected response with multiple correct answers, and multi-step tasks.
  • Items will capture more complex student responses with the use of drawing tools and other technology.
  • Items will demonstrate rigor through multi-step tasks.
  • Items may include tasks that require written explanations of mathematical reasoning.
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Model Content Frameworks - ELA/Literacy | PARCC

Model Content Frameworks - ELA/Literacy | PARCC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This site presents the Model Content Frameworks in an interactive way, creating a more accessible tool for users.

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PDK/Gallup Poll and Common Core Standards

PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward Public Schools | PDK International


Common core standards will:

  1. make the U.S. more competitive
  2. improve schools in our communities
  3. provide more consistency between districts within a state and between states.


High-quality standards won’t hurt our chances of closing achievement gaps.

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Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris

Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post we look at the range of lexile levels recommended by the new appendage to Appendix A which provides supplemental research about text complexity.
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David Timbs's curator insight, March 12, 2013 11:31 PM

We all need to familiarize ourselves with this chart.