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Common Core Training for Principals on Increase

Common Core Training for Principals on Increase | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
After a slow start, a flurry of activity has occurred in the past six months to prepare principals for the new standards.
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Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development

Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development, writes Anthony Palumbo.


Our best students are equal to students anywhere; our least-successful students group toward the bottom of the international distribution curve.

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Funding and Supporting the Transition to Computer- Based Assessments via PARCC

Funding and Supporting the Transition to Computer- Based Assessments via PARCC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

http://www.setda.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=350&name=DLFE-1522.pdf

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Lessons come from doing | Dangerously Irrelevant

"Let's consider the things that TED Ed asks the learner to do: watch a video, take a multiple-choice quiz, write brief constructed responses, and read through a bibliography."


"This format is exactly the type of traditional assessment that project-based, inquiry-driven, personalized learning is at odds with."


Note: The Common Core State Standards emphasize higher-order thinking tied to real-world application precisely because "Lessons come from doing."

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UDL and Common Core Standards FAQs | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

UDL and Common Core Standards FAQs | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Is UDL included in the common core?

  • UDL is included in the section of the Common Core Standards called “application to students with disabilities”. In this section the authors referred to the definition laid out in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (PL 110-135).The reference to UDL in this section may give the impression that UDL is just for students with disabilities. However, UDL not only applies to students with disabilities, it applies to all other learners as well. All students can benefit from the types of instruction used to reach learners “on the margins,” as the learning needs of all individuals vary a great deal. As such, UDL should be used within inclusive general education classrooms.
  • Although this is the only specific mention of UDL, there are many concepts embedded throughout the Common Core Standards that are aligned with the UDL framework.
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Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense | eSchool News

The second driving force is the Common Core State Standards.


Most states will have to rethink their approach to teaching critical analysis of all kinds of information, as the standards require that students be able to:

  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism;
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research; and
  • Interpret mathematical results in the context of a situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
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School Leaders work with parents to prevent “Summer Learning Loss”

School Leaders work with parents to prevent “Summer Learning Loss” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  • Over 100 years (yes, one hundred) of research has documented the occurrence of “summer learning loss,” a loss in academic skills and knowledge during the summer months that sets students back academically if they are not engaged in meaningful formal or informal summer learning and enrichment activities.
  • It’s also well-documented that summer learning loss, which is cumulative over time, contributes directly to a widening of the achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students, and that a lack of summer learning opportunities also contributes to increased student drop-out rates.
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One Size After High School Does Not Fit All

One Size After High School Does Not Fit All | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
We do our high school students a great disservice by suggesting they should immediately go to a four-year college upon graduation from high school -- or they'll be sentenced to a life of unskilled labor.
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The Teaching Channel: High-Powered Teaching of Common Core Content

The Teaching Channel: High-Powered Teaching of Common Core Content | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Margaret Reed Millar's blog mentioned the Teaching Channel's videos featuring 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, facilitating effective literary discu..
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Technology Challenges and the Move to Online Assessments -- THE Journal

Two consortia of states are paving the way for online assessment of Common Core State Standards by 2014. But will your district be up to speed?
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College comes to high school

College comes to high school | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Washington Post

May 23, 2012

By Donna St. George


As AP and IB courses proliferate, some schools are taking the next step: bringing in instructors to teach actual university classes.


Students are having early experiences of college life, taking full-on college courses as high school seniors in Montgomery County (MD) to get a glimpse of what lies ahead: fewer scheduled hours of class, more independent work and less hand-holding from instructors.

They reflect a growing interest in many areas of the country to go beyond work that is college-level and try college itself.

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Easing Into New 'Common Core' Curriculum Missouri News Horizon

Easing Into New 'Common Core' Curriculum Missouri News Horizon | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

State officials are beginning to phase in changes to Tennessee’s public education curriculum to include more analytical thinking and, officials hope, less teaching to the test.


The state is training 12,000 classroom instructors this summer how to teach math principles under the new “common core” curriculum in grades three through eight, a system Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says will better ready Tennessee’s youth for college and the work force.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX7qIAbNCPc

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Argument vs. Persuasive Essay

Argument vs. Persuasive Essay | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The argument essay is not the attack dog of the literary world. It should promote social interaction respectful listening. Learn characteristics of the essay genre.
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Gates, Pearson Partner to Craft Common-Core Curricula

The project will create courses in math and English for nearly every grade level, some of which will be available online for free.


This announcement marks yet another entry into the increasingly crowded marketplace of curriculum creation sparked by the common standards.

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Graduation, Equity, Access (Math and Science), and The Common Core

Graduation, Equity, Access (Math and Science), and The Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Timothy Kanold


National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012045_1.pdf

Page 6 of the report provides some interesting High School data about these students. Here is some "access" data from the report:


"Only 30-35% of students nationally will have taken three years of science through Physics and three or four years of mathematics through Pre-Calculus - which describe and provide many of the high school Common Core "Plus" (+) standards."


There are about 14.9 million high school students 


Math Completors


88% will complete HS Geometry

76% Algebra II

35% Pre-Calculus/Analysis

16% Calculus


Science Completors


96% Biology

70% Chemistry

36% Physics

30% all three of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

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PARCC Assessment Blueprint: Implications forTeaching and Learning?

PARCC Assessment Blueprint: Implications forTeaching and Learning? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Anthony Petrosky


PARCC—The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career


The English/literacy assessments will ask students to:

  • read multiple related selections
  • analyze those readings
  • write about the readings
  • analyze in ways that have not been tested in the US before on large-scale assessments


"Students may have seen something like these in very good schools on teacher-made tests, but even that is probably unlikely unless students are fortunate enough to be in college preparatory classes."

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Thomas W. Gunlock: No one is representing the children

Thomas W. Gunlock: No one is representing the children | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Thomas W. Gunlock is a member of the Ohio State Board of Education


"Working in the world of state-level education policy, frustration and disappointment are part of the job. I admit to giving in to frustration and even a little anger over the past year at the all-too-frequent hypocrisy."


"Everyone always says, “It’s about the kids,” but in reality, policy too often has little to do with children or their well-being. The focus always seems to come down to adults and institutions doing what they do best — protecting their status quo."

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National PTA: Don't Politicize the Common Core State Standards!

National PTA: Don't Politicize the Common Core State Standards! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Eric Hargis, Executive Director of the National PTA


Benefits of The Common Core Standards:

  • "One thing that must be the same regardless of which state you live in is a quality education for our children. With the CCSS, I am ssured quality and consistency in my children's education regardless of where we live.
  • The standards offer parents "a clear understanding of what my children are expected to learn and each grade level."
  • The Standards provide incredible value to parents wanting to be fully engaged in their children's education.
  • Regardless of their zip code, parents are assured that their children graduate fully prepared for college and careers.


Government Takeover Myth Debunked


"This isn't even a Pinocchio stretch of the truth, but an out and out lie."
 

  • Truth #1 - States are driving this process and have been involved at every level — from the drafting and development stages through revisions and the final product.
  • Truth #2 - States voluntarily adopted the Standards.
  • Truth #3 - States and school districts still have autonomy in decisions made on how to teach the Standards in the classroom.
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ACTE: New Report Urges Education Leaders to Engage CTE Community in Common Core State Standards Implementation

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Don’t let the states off the hook for completing the Common Core

Don’t let the states off the hook for completing the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
After having been asleep at the switch for two years, states should be busy looking to finish the job they started when they adopted the standards—to add the 15 percent atop the Core where they can provide the guidance teachers need to drive...
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What are you practicing? Changing Habits | Burkins & Yaris

What can a missing m key teach us about asking the kinds of text-based questions that help children develop the habit of thinking deeply about the texts they are reading?


Changing our questions can help them develop new habits.

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