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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready
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English-Language Learners, Common Core, and Filling in the Gaps

English-Language Learners, Common Core, and Filling in the Gaps | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A California advocacy group for ELLs has published a toolkit for educators who want to help support the success of second-language learners with the new common standards.
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SARAH HANCHEY's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:58 PM

A thought worth considering: If we taught reading and writing to every student in every classroom every day, regardless of the content area, we could witness a dramatic positive effect on student achievement.

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Middle School Math Teachers: 'more support and resources are needed in order for educators to put the CCSSM into practice'

Middle School Math Teachers: 'more support and resources are needed in order for educators to put the CCSSM into practice' | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Across the country, middle school mathematics teachers are increasingly familiar with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and report that the CCSSM are more rigorous than the state standards they are replacing, according to a...
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Math Teachers Find Common Core More Rigorous Than Prior Standards

Math Teachers Find Common Core More Rigorous Than Prior Standards | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New survey data suggest that most middle school math teachers believe the common core standards are more rigorous than their state's prior standards.
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"We have a lot more commonality in standards and assessments than we did five years ago."

"We have a lot more commonality in standards and assessments than we did five years ago." | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"What this graph helps illustrate is that we have a lot more commonality in standards and assessments than we did five years ago. We never got to perfect commonality, and, in fact, the trend is slowly moving in the other direction. If other states follow Georgia’s lead and go their own way on assessments, that red bar will continue to creep up. But, if states switch between consortia, join ACT’s Aspire, or work with another state, the number of assessments will stay the same. No state has officially dropped out of the Common Core standards yet, but that blue bar could rise over time as well."

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Why support the Common Core? "Because they are clearer and more rigorous than the vast majority of state standards they’ve replaced."

Why support the Common Core? "Because they are clearer and more rigorous than the vast majority of state standards they’ve replaced." | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Has Common Core lost its drive?
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TOOLKIT for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core

http://www.achievethecore.org/files/7113/7434/8379/Toolkit_for_Evaluating_the_Alignment_of_Instructional_and_Assessement_Materials_to_the_CCSS.pdf


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43% say their school or district is not “tech-ready” for online testing

43% say their school or district is not “tech-ready” for online testing | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Nearly 53% of respondents said their school or district has adequate technology in place – or is on track to have the technology — to implement the common core, including online assessments. However, 43% of respondents said their school or district is not “tech-ready.”

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PARCC Releases Accessibility Features and Accommodations for special education and #ELLs

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Dyslexia Today's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:02 PM

 Everyone should give this a thorough reading. Kinda important!

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Getting Your School Tech Ready for Common Core Assessments -- THE Journal

Getting Your School Tech Ready for Common Core Assessments -- THE Journal | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Schools have about 15 months to prepare for the online assessments that reflect the learning goals of the Common Core State Standards. Some districts already know what the transition will be like.
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PARCC costs under median spending for summative math and ELA tests in its 19 member states

PARCC costs under median spending for summative math and ELA tests in its 19 member states | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
After learning the price tag for PARCC tests designed to align with the common-core standards, state officials are weighing their options.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:08 PM

In my state of Illinois, I believe the costs of the PARCC assessement to be less than we currently spend. And I belive we are getting a higher quality product. But for some states, I understand the cost will be more. On the other hand, quality costs. I needed a new laptop. The old one I used for presenting workshops continues to be quite expensive, so I purchased less costly maching. A great laptop, but poor for presenting. You get what you pay for.

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State education officials see little chance the CCSS will be "reversed"

State education officials see little chance the CCSS will be "reversed" | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A survey of high-ranking state education officials finds sees little chance of the Common Core State Standards being reversed this school year, despite opposition within some states.
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Teaching Reading in the Digital Age

Teaching Reading in the Digital Age | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What does it really mean to teach reading in a digital age? It means teaching both ways and also in new ways. It means going back to school and learning to read along with our students, in a world ...
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Lauren's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:24 AM

Great thoughts for reading teachers 

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 7, 2013 2:29 PM

Earlier this summer, following a deep dive into the paradigm shifting models of design thinking and gamification in education at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE 2013), I found myself settling in to a week-long study of the time-tested, best-practices pedagogy at the Reading and Writing Institutes at Teachers College, Columbia University. It felt a bit like inhabiting one portion of my brain and then taking up residence in an entirely different thinking space – both equally valid to my professional life. Searching for a way to reconcile my learning, I am left wondering most about what it means to be a reader today.

Common Ground

The educational visionaries at ISTE, who call for creating a radically different learning environment for today’s self-directed learners, can find surprising common ground with some of the basic tenets of the Lucy Calkins approach to teaching reading (at least as I understand it as a first-year attendee of the Reading Institute).

For both, student choice remains central to learning, whether students are choosing the books they want to read from a classroom library or researching how to modify classroom furniture for a project employing design theory.Another crossover, the role of the teacher as coach who provides mini-lessons on learning strategies, might succeed as easily with a teacher seated at a chart and easel as with the digital-age teacher who uses short flipped lessons to deliver directed instruction.Innovators who tout the merits of gaming as a way to fire up students about their learning, for — ISTE keynoter Jane McGonigal, for instance — surely must recognize how the storytelling narrative sparks engagement in a gaming environment; likewise, the Reading Workshop method employs “leveling up” strategies familiar to gamers to move students through “leveled” classroom libraries that present offer more challenges and require greater sophistication as a students gain mastery of reading skills.

Digital Readers Reading

What, then, does this mean for those of us who teaching readers today? I am still searching for answers to questions that won’t let go of me.

The Reading Institute puts a lot of emphasis on “eyes on print” time – that is, on classroom time given over to readers engaged in the act of reading. This requires creating a culture of readers with books in their hands and sticky notes at the ready for jotting questions and tracking observations (leading to critical thinking). As a teacher who recognizes that students read in digital contexts as well, I find myself wondering if “eyes on text” (eyes on media?) might be a better term. Or is it even the same thing?  My students are constantly reading as oodles of different kinds of text-based media cross their paths. Don’t we need to prepare them with the nuanced skills required to read in every way possible?My students who use tablets or e-readers for reading time love the easy access to digital dictionaries. This frees them to engage with their reading even more deeply. Are they absorbing vocabulary more thoroughly and accurately than the students who are too lazy or too engrossed to open a dictionary? Digital readers do not necessarily preclude commenting on texts. Students with e-readers can certainly annotate their reading with digital comments. Is this any different from the kind of critical questioning students do with pen in hand?My goal is to teach my students to develop a passion for reading, but I also want them to use any effective means that can help them go beyond the surface in their reading. I also recognize the value in sharing their ideas with others. Is there something magical about the handwritten (and easily sharable) sticky note comment favored by the Reading Institute, or can my students do just as well (better?) with a sticky note app like Popplet?The Reading Institute went to great pains to introduce lessons about the reading of nonfiction, acknowledging a new pedagogical emphasis on nonfiction in the Common Core. As a result, considerable (though not exclusive) attention at the Institute was given over to using historical fiction in classroom libraries and as “anchor texts” for mini-lessons. I want to go further. I would venture that most students don’t know enough about the variety of nonfiction forms to know the difference between what is basically made up (fiction) or basically true (nonfiction) – in my experience, they tend to see everything they read in terms of story. Students need to be able to read an article online and identify it as a blog or a news story or a reference source. They need to recognize rhetorical strategies like comparison or illustration and understand how they affect a reader. As my section leader at the Reading Institute stated, students need to question perspective and bias in every kind of writing. I wonder, are we really doing enough to address these skills in our classes?Reading also represents an intersection of design, image, and text. The picture book, at its best, uses each avenue of communication to the fullest. So I am excited to follow the Reading Workshop method and return to picture books and image-rich texts (online or otherwise) as a means of teaching reading skills. I also like how the Reading Institute breaks down the skills needed to deconstruct a page and address the increasing complexity of the relationship of image to text, as this builds from mere illustration to direct contradiction. How can teachers of reading in a digital context build upon this work? At the same time, how might we all step back and consider more thoroughly the elements of design and their relationship to meaning?Reading for pure pleasure is certainly something we still want to nurture – whether the children we teach are “trapped” by an engaging story (as one of my rising sixth-graders put it on a recent discussion board about his summer reading) or whether they follow the meandering path of their burgeoning curiosity by skipping from website to website (we used to call this browsing when we did it in libraries or bookstores). Still, what are the ways we can encourage our students to extend their reading – yes, by reading for depth and understanding in a traditional sense, but also by accessing auxiliary information available to us online, by following hyperlinks to make more connections, or by engaging in a rousing backchannel chat?At the same time, we certainly also need to teach students how to handle the distractions of reading in a digital context, just as we help them mediate the distractions of an antsy classmate or a nearby whispered tutorial. How can we do this if we never allow them to read on their own devices and in ways that are second-nature to them?

A New Generation of Readers

After participating in these two very different learning venues, I went off the grid and experienced three delicious days of beach reading. I felt the pull of the stories like the tide, and I gave into where they took me. I want my students to feel that. But since I’ve come home, I’ve caught up on my Twitter feed, read my personal and work emails, and browsed for articles related to the topic of this blog post. This is the kind of reading my students will do – and already do – on a daily basis.

What does it really mean to teach reading in a digital age? It means teaching both ways and also in new ways. It means going back to school and learning to read along with our students, in a world in which we are surrounded by text from which we must derive meaning.

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3 easy steps to understanding the Common Core

3 easy steps to understanding the Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In order to better understand an issue that will affect every aspect of K-12 schooling, I recommend you take three important steps:

1.Watch Mike McShane’s Top 3 video (below) on the Common Core.

2.Read “5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About the Common Core” and AEI’s recent research paper series, which addresses how the Common Core will affect other school improvement efforts.

3. Engage in the conversation. Don’t just jump on the pro- or anti- bandwagon; ask hard questions and seek out answers… because kids’ futures are depending on it. 

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:14 PM

Common Core for parents.

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Text Complexity: 5 Technology Tools to Measure

Text Complexity: 5 Technology Tools to Measure | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:08 PM

Common Core resources.

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#CommonCore are “an auspicious advance in mathematics education.” Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences

#CommonCore are “an auspicious advance in mathematics education.” Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
NCTM serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math resources and professional development opportunities. Working for more and better math for all students.


Fifteen presidents of the professional societies that make up the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, including NCTM President Linda Gojak, have signed a statement of “strong support” for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The statement calls the Common Core State Standards “an auspicious advance in mathematics education.” - See more at: http://www.nctm.org/news/highlights.aspx?id=38992&blogid=6806#sthash.fgfUJ66z.dpuf

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How Common Core is Coming to Homeschoolers

How Common Core is Coming to Homeschoolers | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Many homeschooling families believe that they can remain insulated from the effects of the unpopular Common Core curriculum by maintaining control of their curriculum in their home.
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Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Assessments to #CommonCore

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Making Evidence-Based Claims

Making Evidence-Based Claims | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
These literacy units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the CCSS: making evidence-based claims about complex texts.
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Assessment Continuum

Assessment Continuum | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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Education officials underestimated impact of Common Core

Education officials underestimated impact of Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As the state noted its first test-score decline in at least a decade , superintendents changed their tune in predicting what impact the new, rigorous Common Core curriculum would have on the Maryland School Assessment scores this year.


State Superintendent Lillian Lowery as saying: "If [teachers] are teaching the Common Core standards, they should do well on the Maryland School Assessments and the High School Assessments."

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Veteran teacher: 'I say we should teach to the test.'

Veteran teacher: 'I say we should teach to the test.' | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The new Common Core State Standards are bringing a new generation of tests next year which are already being touted by teachers, parents, and politicians as the apocalypse of education in America. These tests will measure skills like reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge and the ability to write a cogent argument or present an opinion with evidence to support the proffered point of view. How are these skills not important? They are the basic skills required for college, career, and life.

So why aren’t they already being taught as part of the curriculum?

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Social and emotional learning gaining new focus under Common Core | EdSource Today

Social and emotional learning gaining new focus under Common Core | EdSource Today | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As California teachers begin to strategize about how to meet the Common Core standards, some educators say that explicit instruction in social and emotional competence – teaching students how to regulate their emotions, problem-solve, and disagree respectfully, among other abilities – should be a key part of the equation. The ability to collaborate, to see others’ perspectives, and to persevere in solving problems is required of students in the Common Core

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Georgia (among lowest spending states) decides against offering 'Common Core' standardized test

Georgia leaders announced today that the state will not offer a new and expensive standardized test tied to the controversial set of national standards called Common Core.
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Common Core test costs: Less than current state exams?

Common Core test costs: Less than current state exams? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New standardized tests that could replace FCAT might cost a little less per-student that Florida's current fleet of standardized exams, estimates show.


The price tag of $29.50 per student is less than the $30.59 that Florida said it spent per student on testing during the 2011-12 school year.

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15 More Resources For Common Core Learning

15 More Resources For Common Core Learning | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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