College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
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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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PARCC Releases ELA and Math Sample Items for Spring 2014 Field Test

PARCC Releases ELA and Math Sample Items for Spring 2014 Field Test | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, better known as PARCC, recently released its first grouping of web-based English Language Arts and Math sample items designed as a practice aid for schools taking the upcoming Spring 2014 Field Test

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Interstate Collaboration thanks to the Common Core

Interstate Collaboration thanks to the Common  Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Kentucky Educators Collaborating with Colorado Educators to Implement Common Core
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PARCC Field Test Resources Site

In spring 2014, the PARCC Field Test will be administered to over one million students across PARCC states. The PARCC Field Test represents a critical milestone in PARCC’s work toward building assessments for the 2014-15 school year, and will give students and local educators the opportunity to experience the administration of PARCC assessments. The Field Test will be conducted in a random selection of schools across PARCC states. The sample of students in the selected schools will represent the demographics of each state and PARCC as a whole.

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Two-thirds of Louisiana school districts now have enough computers for Common Core tests

Two-thirds of Louisiana school districts now have enough computers for Common Core tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of Louisiana school districts now have enough computers to effectively administer tests tied to new, more rigorous educational standards called Common Core, state Superintendent of Education John White said Wednesday (Jan.
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Why Student Collaboration and Communication Matter

Why Student Collaboration and Communication Matter | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When students graduate from high school, there is a collection of important (or core) skills we want them to possess. That's where the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor standards (CCRA)
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Theresamarie Fixsen's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:53 PM

great site for assignment number 2

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The Master Teacher Project

The NEA Master Teacher Project is HERE! The MTP aims to help teachers adjust to the implementation of the Common Core state standards. With the MTP, we're br...
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Jane Mintz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 2:19 PM

cc.betterlesson.com launched!

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Division of Fractions Before and After Common Core

Division of Fractions Before and After Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Division of Fractions Before and After Common Core by Bridget Adam Before Common Core Math Standards from Massachusetts (2000): MA6.N.9   Select and use appropriate operations to solve problems inv...
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Literacy Design Collaborative Launches CoreTools

Literacy Design Collaborative Launches CoreTools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are the most important professional development trend and development in education. They embody many of the broader adult learning trends: interest-driven, high engagement, flexible, and social.
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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Comes to Common Core's Defense in NGA Speech

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Comes to Common Core's Defense in NGA Speech | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, said in a speech in Washington that the Common Core State Standards are not a federal program, but a crucial part of states' efforts to improve their economies.
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Grade Level Analytic Writing Rubrics Aligned to Common Core and PARCC Assessments

Grade Level Analytic Writing Rubrics Aligned to Common Core and PARCC Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These writing rubrics are offered as a tool to support grade-level evaluation of writing mastery aligned to the Common Core Standards. The rubric is adaptable to assessing argument (opinion) writing, informational writing, and/or narrative. Modeled after PARCC’s expanded scoring rubric at each grade, the rubric includes PARCC’s 5 criteria for assessment: reading comprehension; development of ideas; organization; clarity of language; and knowledge of conventions. The rubric also addresses specific grade-level language standards for expected mastery.
Grade 1 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 2 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 3 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 4 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 5 Checklist Rubric w_Cover
Grade 6-11 Checklist Rubric w_Cover

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Using Informational Text: Tackling Vocabulary in Informational Text -- Part 1

Reading informational text offers a number of challenges to students. One of these challenges is dense, unfamiliar vocabulary.

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Dora Campbell MA CCC SLP's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:28 AM

for vocabulary instruction

 

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10 Common Core Takeaways

10 Common Core Takeaways | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  10 important takeaways from recent conversations/meetings/conference talks: 1. The Common Core will help students succeed in college and career. 2. With…
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Reading Standard 10 - Lexile Ranges Across Grades

Reading Standard 10 - Lexile Ranges Across Grades | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Joseph Hill Ed.D's curator insight, January 23, 2014 9:22 AM

Levels and Lexiles for Leaders

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Common Core Standards bring dramatic changes to elementary school math

Common Core Standards bring dramatic changes to elementary school math | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The new Common Core State Standards require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of math concepts, which means teachers will have to change how they teach those concepts too.

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Introducing Common Core Reading Skills to Teachers [ACTIVITY]

If you are working to help teachers better understand the Common Core, you might be interested in the activity that I plan to open my workshop with:

http://bit.ly/CCSSNationalStandardsActivity

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Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Leader Action Brief | Achieve

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Leader Action Brief | Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These Action Briefs for school leaders are a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, released this with support from MetLife Foundation.

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Engaging Middle School Readers

Engaging Middle School Readers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In middle school, we ask students to dissect texts and perform literary analysis. However, that does not mean that we have to limit how we assess their understanding of the books. If the desired learning objective is for students to . .


  • Demonstrate understanding of the plot elements
  • Explore the role of tone and theme
  • Identify significant scenes or events and their impact on the story
  • Analyze a character and show an understanding of that character's motivations
  • Explain the relationship between the author's life and the story

. . . does it have to be an essay or book report?


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Lesson Sharing Network Launched

Lesson Sharing Network Launched | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

new online network was launched today by the National Education Association and Better Lesson, an education technology company

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Preparing New Teachers for the Common Core

Preparing New Teachers for the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core initiative in K-12 education has brought challenges for both students and teachers—and for new teachers who faculty members in the School of Education must prepare for this shift in the national education landscape.


School of Education Professor Kelly Chandler-Olcott encounters the challenges of the Common Core State Standards Initiative as both a teacher and a parent. Last year, she was told by her daughter’s fourth-grade math teacher that the curriculum would include what was once fifth-grade material and a bit of sixth-grade coursework.

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In Strong Common-Core Endorsement, NEA and Firm Unveil Curricula by 'Master Teachers'

In Strong Common-Core Endorsement, NEA and Firm Unveil Curricula by 'Master Teachers' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The NEA teams up with a for-profit to provide fully detailed common-core lessons and units from specially selected "master teachers."
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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 16, 2014 5:05 PM

Both NEA and AFT have partnered with for-profit companies to distribute free materials for teachers or their students. 

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CORE: CCSS Aligned Assessment Tools

CORE: CCSS Aligned Assessment Tools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A group of some of the largest school districts in California is launching an online bank of student assessment tools to help teachers measure learning as the rollout of the new Common Core curriculum gains speed this year.

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FL Proposes Changes to #CommomCore

The suggestions represent additions and minor tweaks to the national benchmarks, which have been adopted in more than 45 states and outline what students should know at each grade level. Among state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart's recommendations: adding 52 new calculus standards, requiring students to master cursive writing — a skill not included in the original Common Core standards — and introducing money concepts in first grade, instead of second.

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The proposed additions and changes to the Common Core State Standards include:

• Requiring elementary school students to master cursive writing.

• Requiring first-graders to learn how to use a ruler and identify the value of coins.

• Requiring second-graders to determine unknown numbers in mathematical equations.

• Requiring sixth-graders to understand the concept of Pi as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

• Requiring ninth-graders to use theorems about triangles and parallelograms to solve problems.

The state Department of Education has also proposed clarifications to existing standards and 52 new calculus standards.

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Using Informational Text: Tackling Vocabulary in Informational Text -- Part 2: Word Forms and Dictionary Skills

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Principals strongly support #CommonCore, but cite a lack of necessary preparation to lead and sustain the vision

Principals strongly support #CommonCore, but cite a lack of necessary preparation to lead and sustain the vision | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) released two surveys that examined principals’ views of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative, as well as their preparation and ongoing support for implementation of the higher standards.


"...principals overwhelmingly support the CCSS initiative and have a strong willingness to continue to engage deeply in instructional leadership activities as states move forward with the new standards."

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