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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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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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Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core Standards - High School Notes (usnews.com)

Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core Standards - High School Notes (usnews.com) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new poll suggests the more stakeholders know about the state-led initiative, the more they like it.


As states ramp up their Common Core implementation, the success of the standards will hinge on informed stakeholders, and teachers will likely be tasked with keeping parents in the loop, with administration playing a support role, Colby says.

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Tech Readiness Tool for Common Core Online Assessments

Digital Directions


A new readiness tool will provide a national snapshot in preparation for common core online assessments in 2014-15.

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Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity | Primary Source Nexus

Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity | Primary Source Nexus | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Educational consultant and author Dr. Bertie Kingore has some great ideas for teaching. TPS-Barat adapted her thinking triangle for use with primary source image analysis. This activity requires students to use higher level thinking skills as they interact with a primary source image.


The thinking triangle also gives students practice in the visual equivalent of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reading anchor standard 2.

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THE COMMON CORE IN MATHEMATICS: Overview

John B. King, Jr., New York State Commissioner of Education, introduces instructional strategies for successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards in Math.
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Closely Reading the Writing Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Closely Reading the Writing Standards | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This tool is designed to help educators achieve deep levels of understanding about the Common Core writing standards.
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ACT to Launch Next Generation College and Career Readiness Assessment System

The ACT will be the first digital, longitudinal assessment system to fully connect student performance from early elementary to high school, helping students know exactly where they are and providing insights on how to build on strengths and address weaknesses, both in and out of the classroom. The system will be linked to ACT's industry-leading College Readiness Standards(TM) and Benchmarks.

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"We don't have to actually give up narrative (text) completely." Learning to Muse

"We don't have to actually give up narrative (text) completely." Learning to Muse | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This demand of the Common Core, which call for greater emphasis on informational text, has caused a wide range of feelings and reactions from educators across the United States. Some embrace the idea; others are outraged.


Most teachers with whom I have spoken plan to do what needs to be done to meet the needs of their students.

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Common Core Habits of Mind: Believing in Miracles and Myths: Tuttle SVC

These Common Core exemplars stick in my brain like melted gum in a sneaker sole. I'm afraid the only way to clean them out of my cerebellum is to write these overly long posts.

Rhode Island is part of the Tri-State Quality Review Rubric And Rating Process for Common Core aligned curriculum resources. There is, on that site, one example of an ELA exemplar: “The Long Night of the Little Boats.”

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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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NCLB Clock on "Pause" For 7 States

NCLB Clock on "Pause" For 7 States | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Iowa, which had its request for wiggle room from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act turned down, got another kind of reprieve from the U.S. Department of Education: the chance to freeze its Annual Measurable Outcomes (goals for student proficiency) under the NCLB law for one year, while it works towards waiver approval.


And today, the department announced that six other states, Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, and West Virginia, can also hit the pause button on their AMOs for the coming school year, while they work on their waiver plans. 


The option was designed to give states that are planning to apply for a waiver in the early fall a "transition year" so they're not completely stuck with NCLB while they work on their waiver. Alabama, Alaska, Maine, and West Virginia are in that position.

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87% of Teachers Are Aware of Common Core, 68% favorable

87% of Teachers Are Aware of Common Core, 68% favorable | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The survey was commissioned by Achieve, a nonprofit group that played a lead role in managing the development of the common-core standards. You can find a report and PowerPoint presentation on the results here.


Teacher awareness, the survey asked: Thinking about the last six months, how much have you seen, read, or heard about these Common Core State Standards?

  • A lot (65 percent)
  • Some (22 percent)
  • Not much (7 percent)
  • Nothing at all (6 percent)

So, a combined total of 87 percent of the teachers surveyed said they had heard "a lot" or "some," which compares with 68 percent when the same question was asked in August 2011.


68% of teachers have faovarable impressions: And, has what you have seen, read, or heard recently about the Common Core State Standards given you a favorable or unfavorable impression of the standards?

  • Very favorable (24 percent)
  • Somewhat favorable (44 percent)
  • Somewhat unfavorable (13 percent)
  • Very unfavorable (7 percent)
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A good school is the best antidote for poverty! - Tom Vander Ark

A good school is the best antidote for poverty! - Tom Vander Ark | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

1. All students should leave high school prepared for college and careers. Common Core State Standards are a good start.

4. A good school is the best antidote for poverty.

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Teaching to the Common Core by Design, not by Accident

Teaching to the Common Core by Design, not by Accident | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Phi Delta Kappan


Vicki Phillips and Carina Wong shed some light on plans to help educators move the Common Core State Standards into practice.


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Common Core State Standards: Math Instructional Shifts

Common Core State Standards: Math Instructional Shifts | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Education Week

June 30, 2012


The fate of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics will depend on how we teach more so than what we teach.

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Text-Based Questions About the Common Core Reading Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Text-Based Questions About the Common Core Reading Standards | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This tool is designed to help teachers achieve deep levels of understanding of the Common Core Reading standards.
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The Common Core and Languages Other Than English - Center for Applied Second Language Studies

The Common Core and Languages Other Than English - Center for Applied Second Language Studies | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

ots of language teachers are wondering how the Common Core State Standards will impact second language teaching. The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers has put together a webpage with information and resources dealing with the common core at http://www.nysaflt.org/commoncore

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Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there)

Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by David E. Drew, who holds the Joseph B. Platt chair at the Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book is “STEM the Tide: Reforming Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in America,” published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He can be reached at david.drew@cgu.edu.


"At no time was the performance of U.S. students excellent or outstanding on these exams."


"To be sure, effective educational reforms can significantly improve the academic performance of American students. But the idea that the United States once was a world leader in elementary and secondary education, while a compelling part of our belief system, is false. We never ranked #1. We can’t get back to the head of the class because we never were the head of the class."


America has always been, and remains, a world leader in higher education. That means comments about “restoring” America’s leadership must refer to K-12 schools.


"..our expectations for U.S. students were too low."

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