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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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How Eight States are Handling the Common Core | Hechinger Report

How Eight States are Handling the Common Core | Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

NY, TN, LA, PA, CA, FL, KY, CO

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Nicole 's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:57 AM

Language and Literacy is major!

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Common Core standards add writing to the equation

Common Core standards add writing to the equation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the big ideas behind the Common Core is to break down barriers between subjects, encouraging math students to write about problems rather than merely turn in a row of numbers.
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Don't blame the Common Core for local curriculum decisions

Don't blame the Common Core for local curriculum decisions | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Even in the Common Core era, local leaders and school-level educators determine the programs that get taught and the books that get assigned.
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G.E.D. Raises the Bar: More rigorous, expensive, fewer passing scores

G.E.D. Raises the Bar: More rigorous, expensive, fewer passing scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

At a time when a high school diploma — much less an equivalency certificate — is losing currency in the labor market, exams being introduced in January will start to be aligned with the Common Core, a set of rigorous academic standards for kindergarten through 12th grade that 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted.

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The importance of praise on student achievement

In September, schools leaders engaged in a close reading of work by Carol Dweck (exemplar here) describing “fixed mindsets” and “growth mindsets.” The following video demonstrates how praising 5th ...
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Math Standards: Dr. William Schmidt's Presentation

Math Standards: Dr. William Schmidt's Presentation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Dr. William Schmidt today released key conclusions from his research detailing how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics can potentially improve the performance of U.S. students if implemented appropriately. In an event co-sponsored by Achieve, Chiefs for Change and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Dr. Schmidt presented a briefing on his work: Common Core State Standards Math: The Relationship Between High Standards, Systemic Implementation and Student AchievementDownload the PowerPoint.

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Vanessa Chaparro's curator insight, December 8, 2013 11:22 PM

Common Core is a topic that has been in the news a lot lately because it has promises and flaws that are beginning to show. Yes it is nice to have the same curriculum being taught on the east and west coast of the U.S. , but that is not sufficient because not every teacher may have had the proper training. Even if mathematics is standarized, it does not mean that students will be standarized to intake the information. Some students like math and those will succeed no matter what level they are taught. Math standards will however establish a descent level to seem appropriate for the general student.

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Common-Core Rollout Ripe for Studying, Experts Say

Common-Core Rollout Ripe for Studying, Experts Say | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
R&D is needed if new standards are going to improve learning, say educators and researchers, but making that happen could be a tricky business.
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State Assessments Tell Schools, Students and Parents Nothing

State Assessments Tell Schools, Students and Parents Nothing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Assessments are supposed to help students learn their strengths and weaknesses, but state assessment results only come as a number for schools, which makes them useless.
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Chelsi Rosen's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:21 AM

"The state standardized tests provide nothing of value, nothing to help teachers help students, nothing to inform teachers about their strengths and weaknesses. They are worthless." This article directly relates to my latest narrative report. This confirms my assumptions about state testing, yet I am still open minded to a rebuttal.

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Fed "peer-review process could have disastrous consequences"

Fed "peer-review process could have disastrous consequences" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently issued a set of principles for the new Common Core–aligned tests.


The Department (of Education) plans to use a peer-review process to ensure that the tests are high quality and aligned to tough standards.


"Done poorly, this peer-review process could have disastrous consequences, namely giving lots of state leaders reason to ask, “The feds have to approve our tests? Tell me again how this isn’t nationalization of K–12 schooling at work?”"

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Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement

Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The overall academic performance of U.S. students will never equal that of our toughest international competitors if we continue to focus on high-stakes tests alone, write Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond, and John Jackson.


"The countries that outperform the United States on international exams spend more than we do to measure and encourage these skills with essay tests and teacher-scored projects. And they can afford to do this because they test much less frequently than we do, typically only two or three times during a student's entire school career."

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Study Finds 73% of Teachers Enthusiastic About Common Core

Study Finds 73% of Teachers Enthusiastic About Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Nearly every teacher in the U.S. now knows about the Common Core State Standards, and 73 percent of math, English, science, and social studies teachers in states that have adopted them say they are enthusiastic about their implementation,...
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Jenny Sloane's curator insight, December 6, 2013 9:08 AM

At this point all teachers are aware of the common core. I am rather surprised that such a high percentage, 73%, of math, English, science, and social studies teachers are enthusiastic about the implementation of it (information from an online survey of 20,000 pre-K-12 teachers). Furthermore, 7% reported that they did not have adequate knowledge to take a side, meaning that only 20% are in some sort of opposition or are neutral. This surprises me because teachers understand that implementing common core means completely changing their classroom settings and styles of teaching. If I were a teacher of many years, I would probably not want to change everything about my style of teaching; it would almost be like starting over. Furthermore, it is even more challenging because basically everyone is new to this, so no one knows the best way to teach. Furthermore, it is not surprising that English and math teachers are excited about this change. From my understanding, common core curriculum will be even more focused on testing and therefore I would think there will be a huge emphasis on these two subjects. However, I think it is problematic for writing and elective classes that may never receive the same focus. I think those subjects are very important as well and it would not be fair to overlook them in order to spend even more time on other subjects. 

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Tech-Ready? SBAC Bandwidth Requirements

Tech-Ready? SBAC Bandwidth Requirements | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Hardware-Operating-Systems-Infographic_2-6-13.pdf


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Writing to Build and Share Knowledge

Writing to Build and Share Knowledge | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Ultimately, writing is a skill for adult life, growing steadily more important in an information age.


The Common Core writing Standards calls for writing to become a reliable, flexible habit for all students by the time they complete high school, so that they are ready for college and career success."


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Common Core standards put focus back on critical thinking

Common Core standards put focus back on critical thinking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In Julie Shankle’s English class at North High in Torrance, the Macbeth unit is no longer just the study of a 17th century play about a man who commits murder in a bid to become king and maintain power. Now, her 12th-grade lesson has an added element: Students must mine data to produce an essay based on the prompt, “Is killing ever justified?” This means making a compelling case and citing credible sources — perhaps a news article on euthanasia, or a TED Talks video of a professor expounding on the death penalty.

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A tale of two transitions to Common Core education standards

A tale of two transitions to Common Core education standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Center for Investigative Reporting


Common Core also encourages teachers to spend less time lecturing and more time getting students to be actively involved in learning.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text

Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) for reading focus heavily on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insights from what they read. In fact, 80-90% of the reading standards in every grade require text-dependent analysis — being able to answer questions only by referring back to the assigned text, not by drawing upon and referencing prior knowledge and experiences."

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How the Common Core State Standards Will Transform English Language Arts Instruction

How the Common Core State Standards Will Transform English Language Arts Instruction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tim Shanahan

With the Common Core State Standards, instruction in English language arts will dramatically change. Unlike prior state standards, these new standards place a greater emphasis on reading challenging texts.

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One of the most important reading and writing skills: Showing Evidence

One of the most important reading and writing skills: Showing Evidence | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core skill: Showing evidence from the text to support your answer
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Jessica Zepeda's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:05 PM

A lot of time when i'm writing I find myself trying to make a point but not giving evidence to support my theory. 

Katie Halberg's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:14 PM

I really enjoyed reading this, It states how with a little hard work and using are minds we can answer easy questions like "how did reading that book make you feel" the answer to that questions is not inside that book, you have to read the book to use your own feelings and thoughts to answer the question. it always shows how times have changed and auto books help the few people who wont really open a book to read it or may not know how to read very well but still want to know more about whats inside the book.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:33 PM

One of the most important reading and writing skills students should practice is showing evidence from the text to support their answers. However, many of my students struggle with this. In the past, our students have been programmed to fill in a bubble answer on a standardized test that shows the evidence rather than try to find it themselves.

Show your students how to give evidence by demonstrating it (see visual aid, above).
My example question is from Divergent by Veronica Roth. It asks: “How does Beatrice’s mother feel about her? Give evidence from chapter one to support your answer.”

In the past, students may have just given me short answers like, "She cares about her daughter." By asking for evidence, students can't just give their opinion. We know their opinion is based on something, so they have to be further prompted to tell us what they based it on. Therefore, the student's answer should include not only their opinion, but one or two examples from the text that show this. Their answers should be paraphrased, but they still need to include the page number. 
This question-strategy helps those struggling readers find the right answers, as well. If a student wrote, "She's mean," he/she would have to back it up with an example from the chapter that shows Beatrice's mother is mean. When he/she can't find an example, he/she will have to re-think his/her original opinion. 
For students who are really struggling, I may prompt them orally with questions like, "Look at the non-verbal clues: what is Beatrice's mom doing to Beatrice in the first scene of the book? What does her mood seem to be? How do you know she feels this way? When a mother acts this way toward a child, what does it indicate about how she feels toward the child?" 


There are always a handful of students who complain that they can't find the answers in the book. If you have these same complainers, these are your students who are not reading the book. Because even students who have severe learning disabilities can answer the questions when they read it (or listen to the text).

So here's what I say to the complainers: "You aren't going to find a single sentence that gives you the answer to the question. And the answer isn't merely your opinion, either. The answer comes from that feeling you get about the character, or the theme, or whatever it is you're looking for. It's based on what you've inferred and gathered from descriptions and dialogue that can only come from reading it. Simply put, there is no short cut. The text must be read to answer the questions."

[Insert student groans.] After they channel their inner first-grader and throw another "I don't want to read" fit, they usually buck up and start reading.

Note: I do not mind allowing students to listen to audio of the text, especially if they follow along with their books. If this is the only way to get those reluctant readers to read, I say go for it. Today's teens are not like us. They learn much differently; we need to access and use every resource, device, and strategy to help them read on their own.

If you need handouts for instituting the Common Core standards into your curriculum, I have you covered! Check out all these great resources, ready to use with ANY text (fiction or non-fiction):
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6,7,8
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 9-10 (Also covers grades 6-8)
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 11-12 (Also covers grades 6-10)

For non-fiction text and historical documents:
CCSS History & Social Studies Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12

For non-fiction and scientific texts:
CCSS Science & Technical Subjects Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12
FREE: CCSS Science & Technical Subjects Reading Graphic Organizers for RST.1, Grades 6-12

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Teaching to the Wrong Tests

Teaching to the Wrong Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
California students are thankfully done with the old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, and for better or worse, are moving on to the Common Core aligned Smarter Balanced assessment...
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Common core scores could show 40 percent drop -

LAURINBURG — Due to heightened achievement standards, the North Carolina Department of Instruction has forecasted that scores from spring ...
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Help Needed on Strategies for Teaching Common Core, Study Says

Help Needed on Strategies for Teaching Common Core, Study Says | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"teachers need substantially more professional development around the common core, not just in understanding what the new standards include and how they differ from states' old standards, but also to fill the gaps in instructional strategies that will be needed for students to write well."

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Should every student have to pass pre-calculus to graduate from high school?

Should every student have to pass pre-calculus to graduate from high school? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The Pioneer Institute just released yet another paper claiming that Common Core sets a low bar in math. The paper’s authors, Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram, passionately believe that every American student should have to pass pre-calculus at least to graduate from high school and be ready for admission to a “selective” 4-year college. Legions of Common Core critics whose grasp on mathematics is, shall we say, looser than Migram's or Stotsky's are using their arguments to claim that Common Core is dumbing down math in this country."

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Which states have aligned #math instruction with new standards

Which states have aligned #math instruction with new standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have adopted the Common Core standards, and tests based on these standards are set to go into effect in 2015. Here are some resources to help you understand what to expect.
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