"The key to improving SAT scores and college-and-career readiness is to ramp up the daily work of students across K-12 and increase participation in rigorous high school courses, said Mr. Coleman of the College Board. Students who scored better on the SAT were more likely to have completed a core curriculum in high school or have taken honors or Advanced Placement courses, he noted."
Vocal parents in our district are fighting the Common Core State Standards. Some say it’s federal government intrusion; others worry they’re too hard for kids. Our school board (I’m a member) believes that these standards are a good thing. How can we get parents on board?
The department doesn't have the money to maintain it.
According to Massie Ritsch, the department had no money for Doing What Works. He said in an e-mail:
"The ED office managing Doing What Works did not have sufficient funding to continue operating the website and producing new material, but we are working to place the archive of resources on another site for educators to use."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that the state will pull out of a consortia developing common-core-aligned tests, the Associated Press says.
PARCC lost a defender (of a sort) in Florida in August, when then-Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned amid political controversy centered on his actions unrelated to common core while serving as Indiana's superintendent last year.
Indiana and Georgia have also left the PARCC consortium this year, but Florida's departure might be particularly worrisome for supporters of PARCC and common-core aligned tests.
The new school year offers teachers an unprecedented opportunity to prepare their students for college and career and the real possibility of losing their jobs.
"The Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by 46 states are designed to help teachers create lessons plans that focus on standards that are fewer in number, higher in substance and clearer in content than those that existed before ("What Every Child Can Learn from Kentucky," Time, Sept. 30). I hope that teachers will regard them as targets rather than as straitjackets. If they are implemented properly, teachers will still be able to be as creative as ever."
Michael Fullan discusses the latest global trends in educational change and leadership development, addresses the challenges and opportunities of the Common Core, and talks about his work to assist the state of California in implementing whole...
E. D. Hirsch Sees His Education Theories Taking Hold
The education theorist E. D. Hirsch, criticized as elitist a generation ago, has seen his ideas adopted by hundreds of schools.
Mr. Hirsch did not write the Common Core, but his curriculums — lesson plans, teaching materials and exercises — are seen as matching its heightened expectations of student progress. And philosophically, the Common Core ideal of a rigorous nationwide standard has become a vindication of Mr. Hirsch’s long campaign against what he saw as the squishiness — a lack of specific curriculums for history, civics, science and literature — in modern education.
How do I do it? When asking and answering questions about literature, language learners may need support to cite the specific evidence that supports conclusions or inferences. After reading a text the laminated frames can be used as a whole class model and a volunteer can fill in the blanks with dry erase marker or individual students can use the frames when working in a small group or in pairs. They are a good tool to scaffold speaking and writing in literature discussions. The larger text size can make it easier for language learners to utilize the tool.
"In most educational settings, tests are employed as a means to evaluate
student learning for the purpose of assigning grades. The heavy emphasis on assessment often obscures another function of testing that is highly relevant to the goals of education: the promotion of learning."
by Cicely Woodard, 8th grade math & Honors Algebra I teacher
"Since implementing Common Core State Standards in my middle school mathematics classroom, my role as teacher has changed. No longer am I the ultimate source of knowledge in the classroom. Instead I am a facilitator of student-centered, student-led learning. No longer am I helping students to choose the right answer. Now I am helping them to develop deep understanding of mathematics that has meaning to their lives. My expectations are high, and everyday my students are rising to meet those expectations."
The Aspen Institute and The Achievement Network are addressing the pressing need to empower teachers to help students reach new levels of mastery with a collection of new resources. These materials meet educators where they are and spell out some straightforward steps school-based educators can take to turn Common Core vision into reality.
"I hope all of our students will gain the power inherent in being able to give a text a close read, by the time they leave high school. College is the place to ply the scholars’ trade and to develop a philosophical lens through which to interpret. Being close readers will give them a strong basis on which to gain access to these more sophisticated and expensive tools."
Mel Riddile's insight:
School leaders may not be reading teachers, but we do need to understand different types of reading--scholastic, post-structuralist, and close reading.
Why do some students embrace math with such enthusiasm when the subject intimidates so many children?
It begins with a concept known as Deep Practice. In sports, when we swing a bat and miss the ball, we receive instant feedback through our senses. Players learn easily and naturally through a practice loop where proficiency is attained through immediate awareness of success or failure (feedback).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2013) – As kids nationwide are getting back into the homework routine, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) teamed up with Google to ask parents the question many silently dread each fall – are you ever unable to help your kids with their homework?
The new survey revealed that not only do nearly 50 percent of parents (49.1 percent)* admit to struggling with providing kids the homework help they need, but also nearly half (46.5 percent)** of parents with children in grades one through 12 who feel unable to lend a helping hand struggle because they themselves don’t understand the subject matter.
The decline in reading and writing passing rates for 2012-13 mirrored a similar decrease seen across the county for math pass rates from the 2011-12 year, when more stringent standards were introduced for those tests as well.
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