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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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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news.
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English Teacher: 'If we...want our children to succeed in this century, we must accept the Common Core'

English Teacher: 'If we...want our children to succeed in this century, we must accept the Common Core' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As an English teacher who holds a master’s degree in writing, I’m grateful and inspired by the Common Core’s focus on writing skills.

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Andrea Johnson's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:15 AM

Writing is a key component of the Common Core.

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The key to improving test scores and college-and-career readiness

The key to improving test scores and college-and-career readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"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."

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Jasmyn 's curator insight, January 15, 2014 11:54 AM

This was really interesting for me to read because SAT scores are a big part of getting accepted into college. By taking rigorous high school classes, I will be more prepared for college and a college course-load.

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What does it mean to field test standards?

What does it mean to field test standards? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A reader over at my other blog asked some questions about how the standards were developed and about  this idea of field testing standards that has been floating around recently. On the question of...
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Clearing up Common Core Misconceptions

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130926/LIFE/309260130/Clearing-up-Common-Core-misconceptions


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?

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Math: Common Core Standards Make Course Sequences Even More Important

Math: Common Core Standards Make Course Sequences Even More Important | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it


  • Students who do well in Algebra 1 in 8th grade move through higher-level math classes more easily.
  • Students who take Algebra 1 later than 8th grade have less opportunity for additional, higher-level math classes.
  • Students who repeat Algebra 1 seldom become proficient in Algebra.
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Strategies AP teachers have used for years that align with Common Core

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"field tests aren’t designed to be used for making school accountability determinations"

"field tests aren’t designed to be used for making school accountability determinations" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Trading Transparency and Accountability Today for Better Testing Tomorrow | NewAmerica.org
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Text to Text: A New Feature, and an Invitation to Share Ideas

Text to Text: A New Feature, and an Invitation to Share Ideas | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Introducing a new feature, in which we pair a Times article, past or present, with an often-taught literary, historical, scientific or mathematical text. We invite teachers to send us ideas.
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Education Department suspends ‘Doing What Works’ website

Education Department suspends ‘Doing What Works’ website | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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."

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Florida drops out of PARCC and will develop own tests

Florida drops out of PARCC and will develop own tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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. 

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Common Core and Teacher Evaluation

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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."

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NCTE: "respect the expertise of teachers"

Resolution on Teacher Expertise and the Common Core State Standards


2012 Annual Business Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada


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Michael Fullan: What really improves schools?

Michael Fullan: What really improves schools? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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...
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center the effort on capacity building

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Thanks to the Common Core Standards Culture Warrior, Gaining Ground

Thanks to the Common Core Standards Culture Warrior, Gaining Ground | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.

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As schools adopt Common Core standards, challenges remain

Among the biggest worries for teachers and administrators are the technology demands that the coming assessments — due in the spring of 2015 — will impose on schools.

A December survey by the Missouri Association of School Administrators found that less than half of the state’s superintendents think their technology is ready.


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Close Reading: Answer Frames

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Answer Frames

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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.

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More Tests Will Make Your Kids Smarter

More Tests Will Make Your Kids Smarter | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Why American schools need more testing, not less.


"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."

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How implementing Common Core Standards has changed my math classroom

How implementing Common Core Standards has changed my math classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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."

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From What to How: Leading for Common Core Success at the School Level

From What to How: Leading for Common Core Success at the School Level | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.

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Les Howard's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:00 AM

A 75 minute video of a panel discussion sharing what schools need to do, and need to stop doing, to implement the Common Core.

This event — which includes a panel discussion — allows participants to learn about what’s happening in the field, what schools need to do (and stop doing) to succeed with Common Core, and what policy can do to measure and support progress. - See more at: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/video/what-how-leading-common-core-success-school-level#sthash.OAlP5Rqo.dpufThis event — which includes a panel discussion — allows participants to learn about what’s happening in the field, what schools need to do (and stop doing) to succeed with Common Core, and what policy can do to measure and support progress. - See more at: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/video/what-how-leading-common-core-success-school-level#sthash.OAlP5Rqo.dpuf
Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:50 PM

APs: Some specific steps to help with the Common Core implementation process.

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Text: The Role of Biography and Autobiography in Informational Text Instruction

Text: The Role of Biography and Autobiography in Informational Text Instruction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Burkins & Yaris


This text is the second in a series of posts exploring the role of biography and autobiography in the informational text distributions required by the Common Core State Standards.

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Why Should Close Reading Be Advantaged?

Why Should Close Reading Be Advantaged? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy


"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."


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School leaders may not be reading teachers, but we do need to understand different types of reading--scholastic, post-structuralist, and close reading.

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Critical Thinking and the need for 'Deep Practice'

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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).

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Half of Parents Have Trouble Helping Their Kids with Homework

Half of Parents Have Trouble Helping Their Kids with Homework | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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.

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MaddieWalrus's curator insight, December 8, 2013 11:37 AM

This is really fascinating and I completely believe its true. I believe it's true because my mom never really understands how yo help me with my homework an my dad most of the time does. This isn't about throwing my mom under the bus. It's about the question comes to my mind: is this becuase my mom didn't understand it when she learned it our I because she never learned it or both? This is could possibly be because the subjects the kids these days are learning are completely new to adults. After all, it is a whole new generation!

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Reading and Writing scores decline...even in non-#commoncore states and affluent districts

Reading and Writing scores decline...even in non-#commoncore states and affluent districts | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Overall, Fairfax students last year saw declining pass rates in reading and writingand stagnant pass rates in math compared with the year before. The new reading and writing tests for the 2012-13 school year were based on more rigorous standards that also judged students’ problem solving and critical thinking abilities.

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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