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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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Common Core or Guided Reading

Common Core or Guided Reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy


There is a lot of common ground between guided reading and common core, including:

high quality text

the connections between reading and writing

the emphasis on high level questions and discussion

the idea that students learn from reading


Student-book placements...on that there is a substantial divide.

  • Guided reading says go easy, and common core says challenge them.
  • Easy, according to F&P, means placing kids in books that they can read with better than 90% accuracy and with high reading comprehension (and they make no distinction between beginners and more adept readers in this regard).
  • For common core, making it challenging means placing students, second grade up, in books that would be frustration range according to F&P; books that students would read with markedly lower fluency and comprehension on a first read.
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This Week In Education: Thompson: Common Core Moratorium On Value-Added

This Week In Education: Thompson: Common Core Moratorium On Value-Added | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The best part of the Education Sector's Getting to 2014 (and Beyond): Choices and Challenges Ahead is Bill Tucker's "Taking a Long View of Teacher Evaluation," and its call for a one year hiatus on value-added evaluations when Common Core...

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Georgia teachers train on new curriculum standards

About 300 math teachers from across Georgia are at Cross Creek High School for a three-day training session on new curriculum standards launching in the 2012-13 school year.
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Charting a Research Course to Deeper Learning | Chris Lehman

Charting a Research Course to Deeper Learning | Chris Lehman | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Walk the halls of nearly any school and you are certain to find projects that, though colorful and well-intended, are either plagiarized directly from sources or are filled with regurgitated facts formed into the shapes of paragraphs. Even more concerning, walk up to any of the creators of those posters or essays or booklets and ask, “Can you tell me about your topic?” and a great percentage of them will look at you as if you are out of your mind (imagine a typical pre-teen look of disgust here).
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What Texts does the Common Core REQUIRE Students to Read?

What Texts does the Common Core REQUIRE Students to Read? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Although the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are rife with suggested texts and text types, there are several parenthetical remarks within the grade-specific reading standards that aren’t e...
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My View of the Common Core Standards | Diane Ravitch

I have neither endorsed nor rejected the Common Core national standards, for one simple reason: They are being rolled out in 45 states without a field trial anywhere. How can I say that I love them...
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Pinterest and Common Core

Pinterest and Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Pinterest is a way to organize the internet. That’s it. It’s based on the idea of a corkboard with thumb tacks. You have a “board” with items that you “pin” based on a theme that you choose. It’s “invitation only,” but is by no means exclusive. You can request access on the website or ask a friend to send you an invitation and after quickly filling in your email address and password, you’re in.
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Free site where students can go to practice all of the Common Core Standards

Free site where students can go to practice all of the Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Scootpad...


is a site where students can go to practice all of the Common Core Standards for math and reading. The site is adaptive, so students can move through the standards at their own pace.

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Three Misconceptions About the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education

Three Misconceptions About the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Eye on Education
By Lauren Davis

  1. I can’t teach students to write poetry anymore; it’s not in the writing standards.
  2. I have to determine the Lexile level of every text I assign.
  3. The era of prereading has come to an end.
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Teacher leadership for common core---Harvest, Filter, Deliver - Reflections of a Techie

Teacher leadership for common core---Harvest, Filter, Deliver - Reflections of a Techie | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Harvest, filter, deliver. Three words I never thought was one of the best options to building leadership for implementing the Common Core (CCSS). But now I'm sure of how this could be a game-changer. What if we studied our leaders...
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Shared Learning Collaborative: How will student data be used?

Shared Learning Collaborative: How will student data be used? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new initiative, supported by state education leaders and funded by prominent foundations, plans to provide a place in the cloud for each state to store all data for every student, using "free" open source software.


Shared Learning Initiative (SLI) is a "nuts-and-bolts, multi-state, grand-vision education technology project."


Bucket of Data


The main part of the Shared Learning Infrastructure is a huge, carefully structured bucket: the data store/warehouse, which holds, well, a bucket-load of student data across grades and subjects, such as individual student names, demographic information, discipline history, grades, test results, teachers, attendance, graduation requirements, even detail of standards mastered.


This is all data that schools already have, but it’s not necessarily stored all in the same place, in the same way (think of the historic tech disconnect of Beta vs. VHS videotape formats), or even synched and easily available when it’s needed.


SLI is designed to serve all these needs and be based on technology that will be open source, free for states and districts to use, modify and share — all appealing to administrators.

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Teacher Survey Shows Reform Middle Ground

Teacher Survey Shows Reform Middle Ground | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

June's survey on teacher attitudes toward the Common Core provides a nice illustration of why reform critics shouldn't blithely dismiss the opinions of the professional peers with whom they disagree.


  • 68% have at least a somewhat favorable view of the CCSS.
  • The more teachers say the know about the CCSS, the more they support them.
  • 64% of teachers support implementing common assessments (!) based on the CCSS.


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ECS National Forum, Day 2: 'Expect Outrage' on Common Core

ECS National Forum, Day 2: 'Expect Outrage' on Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"common core math standards would adopt a "teach less, learn more" approach"
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Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards

Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Two teachers attempt to set the record straight on the instructional shifts required by the common standards.
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Common Core foes (UT) meet with guv, lawmakers, public

Utah governor does not believe Common Core academic standards are bad for Utah or mean a loss of local control.
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Standards-Aligned Question Stems

Standards-Aligned Question Stems | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I am so excited to share this work! Using my “I can” statements from last summer and combining that work with work from other sources (referenced in the document), one high school Engli...
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Breaking Down the Common Core Standards: English Language Arts

Breaking Down the Common Core Standards: English Language Arts | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core Standards are going to be implemented in New York State in the 2012-2013 school year. For teachers, especially English Language Arts teachers, that means transforming curriculum from 4 vague standards to close to fifty.
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Common Core R.CCR.9 Explained

Common Core R.CCR.9 Explained | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
R.CCR.9–that’s the ninth College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Reading strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Analyze ...

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Don't Blame Teachers

Don't Blame Teachers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
After attending the 2012 Common Core State Standards Summer Institute, I read the article by Merissa Green ["Polk Teachers Start Training in the New Nationwide Assessment Test to Replace FCAT," June 21]. The first paragraph stated, "Polk County school teachers are starting to train on how they will teach to a new test." These are the words of a reporter, not those of Florida educators.

I can think of no way to teach to a test unless the questions on the test are known and the students are coached to answer specific questions. Clearly, this is not the case with FCAT, nor will it be the case with PARCC in 2014-2015. What teachers do, which is both ethical and the right thing to do, is teach the standards that are required by the curriculum and by which the students will be assessed.
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Practical Guidance on Pre-Reading Lessons

Practical Guidance on Pre-Reading Lessons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy


"The common core will require that we use challenging texts and many students will struggle. Various supports, scaffolds, and motivation will be needed to allow students to read hard texts successfully."

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Common Core R.CCR.7 Explained

Common Core R.CCR.7 Explained | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
R.CCR.7–that’s the seventh College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Reading strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Integr...
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Common Core is NOT a Curriculum!

Common Core is NOT a Curriculum! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As of July 6, 2012 there are still reports complaining about the "Common Core Curriculum."


The Common Core State Standards are what they say they are--standards. Standards define expectations. Standards do not define how states, districts, or schools should go about meeting expectations via a defined curriculum. It is the job of the states, districts and schools to determine the "how."

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