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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Why the Alabama PTA strongly supports Common Core (Opinion)

Why the Alabama PTA strongly supports Common Core (Opinion) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

No parent wants his or her child underestimated or shortchanged. No matter their income-level, race or political ideology, parents want their children held to high standards.


The Alabama PTA strongly supports the College and Career Ready Standards based on the Common Core State Standards because parents know children are capable of great things when they are challenged, encouraged and supported.

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Are the new standards any better for the nation's highest performing state?

Are the new standards any better for the nation's highest performing state? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

With the state’s (MA) history of high standards and steadily rising test scores after the Education Reform Act of 1993 kicked in, questions here centered more on whether it was a good idea to change what we were already doing well.

Massachusetts students excel on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, given to fourth-, eighth-, and sometimes 12th-graders in both private and public schools across the country.

And the state ranked sixth in the world in math on the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (it comes out every four years).

Public and private school students and schools in Massachusetts, measured with 63 countries and nine American states, scored in the company of Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

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Why the ability to read complex texts matters

The single biggest predictor of success in college was the ability to read complex texts independently and proficiently.


ACT Study: http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/reading_report.pdf

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:57 AM

do we educators really need this explanation? apparently, we do. smh

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10 things every parent should know about Common Core

10 things every parent should know about Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Here’s a look at 10 things parents should know as the California public school system embarks on a brave new world of teaching and learning.

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Common Core turns focus to teacher quality

Common Core turns focus to teacher quality | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A growing research consensus finds that teacher quality matters more for student achievement than any other school-based factor (such as class size).

Economist Eric Hanushek has calculated that replacing the bottom 7%-12% of U.S. teachers with average teachers would rocket the U.S. to the academic company of the world's highest-performing countries.

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Teaching Rigorous Text: What additional supports do reluctant readers need?

Teaching Rigorous Text: What additional supports do reluctant readers need? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The critical thinking and close reading required in the new Common Core State Standards can take twice as long for students with dyslexia, reading disabilities, speech and language issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)....
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NCLB Waiver: With the addition of Texas, now 42 states

NCLB Waiver: With the addition of Texas, now 42 states | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Texas, which has shunned Race to the Top and the common core, becomes the 43rd recipient of a No Child Left Behind Act waiver.
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'High-Quality' Assessment: Criteria for set by State Chiefs

'High-Quality' Assessment: Criteria for set by State Chiefs | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of Chief State School Officers urges testmakers and the two state consortia to create large-scale assessments that reflect good instructional practice.


  1. Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  2. ensure test accessibility
  3. ensure security
  4. create user-friendly reports
  5. chart students' progress
  6. provide data that can help guide instruction
  7. Math: balance of concepts, procedures, application, link math reasoning and practices to its content
  8. ELA: assess both reading and writing, balance of literature and informational text.
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"The Common Core learning standards represent the most significant increase in student expectations that New York schools have ever faced."

"The Common Core learning standards represent the most significant increase in student expectations that New York schools have ever faced." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Study Identifies Strategies for Blacks, Latinos to Succeed Academically

Study Identifies Strategies for Blacks, Latinos to Succeed Academically | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Successful young Latino and black high school men rely on family and school support to overcome the odds and be high academic achievers, a new research study finds.


The high school students attributed their success to several factors, including:

  • Consistently high expectations from parents and family;
  • Meaningful relationships with caring teachers and other adults in their school who promoted a college-going culture;
  • A desire to transcend poverty; and
  • The ability to develop positive reputations that kept gang members from recruiting them.
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Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core

Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Hechinger Report


It’s not just K-12 teachers who are being asked to adjust their teaching styles and curricula to ensure students learn theCommon Core standards. The people who teach the teachers are also under the gun.

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College board moans stagnation of SAT scores

College board moans stagnation of SAT scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The College Board, which administers the SAT, issued a report yesterday (September 26, 2013) bemoaning that only 43 percent of SAT takers in the 2013 graduating class were college and career ready. That means 57% are not ready.
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Writing Instruction & the Common Core

Writing Instruction & the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"First things first: Writers must read. Any instruction in writing must follow opportunities to read, read, read. No shortcuts." - Amy Benjamin

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What is "Close" Reading?

What is "Close" Reading? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Close reading is the idea that students will re-read certain texts in order 

Close reading is purposefully reading a text while paying attention to the author’s word choice, sentence structure, and devices used to embed layers of meaning within. It involves reading the same text multiple times, each time studying a different aspect to encourage the reader to analyze what and why the author did what he did to communicate the point.

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Claire Williams's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:43 PM

Close reading is when someone mostly students reread text to better understand it. Although this is a very straight forward topic tis article suggests that each time oyu read the text oyu search for differnt things so you can better understand what the autor is trying to say.

Judy Beemer's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:01 AM

The questions to ask when doing a second reading are especially helpful.

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Teachers praise new standards for classroom learning

Teachers praise new standards for classroom learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers support new Common Core learning standards, survey says


A poll of more than 20,000 teachers, out today from the children's publisher Scholastic Inc., finds that about three-fourths of teachers think the standards known as Common Core will improve students' abilities to reason and think critically. Only 8% say Common Core will have a negative impact on the classroom as schools retool to comply with the new standards.
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The balanced literacy model helps all students achieve in the face of the Common Core demands

The balanced literacy model helps all students achieve in the face of the Common Core demands | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

We need a model for responding to the expectations while adhering to the research and best practices in teaching and learning. The balanced literacy model for promoting reading and writing competence in learners from preschool to high school does just that.


The balanced literacy model offers gradual release of teacher responsibility. As such, it supports all learners, even those who have trouble engaging with demanding and sophisticated texts.
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Dee Thompson's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:10 PM

Students are reading text at levels they are able to comprehend and scaffold their learning.

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Teacher Support: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success

Teacher Support: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Practices that are helping to create an environment conducive to a successful transition to the new standards.

What all three approaches have in common, according to the report, is an emphasis on making the teacher the center of the transformation by:

  • First ensuring that the significance of the changeover to Common Core State Standards is understood by teachers in terms of the need for dramatic changes to teaching styles, from drill to exploration;
  • Ensuring that "teachers are at the front of the movement and working together to lead their own improvement toward shared, ambitious goals"; and
  • Making certain teachers are provided with adequate "structures, time, and resources required to sustain the many years and many cycles of inquiry and improvement necessary to achieve the new bar for student learning" with the understanding that the process of improvement will take place over many years, not overnight.
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Tech Upgrades Ahead of Common-Core Testing: Districts Gear Up

Tech Upgrades Ahead of Common-Core Testing: Districts Gear Up | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Though more breakdowns likely are inevitable given online testing's relatively new place in schools, the ability to protect the validity, integrity, and security of the process is increasingly crucial.
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Students show 'fight/flight/freeze stress responses' to #CommonCore instruction

Students show 'fight/flight/freeze stress responses' to #CommonCore instruction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
4 Important Ways To Make The Common Core Transition Easier On Students


"Those students who were previously high achievers are showing fight/flight/freeze stress responses when tested with single-response questions. For these students, who had obediently and very powerfully memorized all the information they were given, the loss of predictable test questions linked to their matched answers is unfair.

They had been highly successful at compliance, process, and memorization, but have not developed the conceptual understanding or cognitive flexibility needed to respond to unpredictable questions. self-directed assignments, and the kind of open-ended thinking so much of modern learning seems to suggest. In some cases, teachers describe profound emotional reactions including anger, hostility, retribution (such as false accusations of teacher misconduct) and more subtle but equally disturbing behavioral changes of withdrawal of participation and effort, depression, and even increased absences from sick days."

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Year 2 of Common-Core Tests in Kentucky: Scores Up?

Year 2 of Common-Core Tests in Kentucky: Scores Up? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Results from the second year of common-core aligned tests in Kentucky showed a variety of results across school levels and student groups.
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Implementing Common Core left to districts

Implementing Common Core left to districts | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"In Louisiana though, even more than in other states, it is largely parish educators, not federal or even state officials, shaping how Common Core plays out on the ground."

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5 Tips for Explaining Common Core to Parents

5 Tips for Explaining Common Core to Parents | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

THE Journal


As new assessments are rolled out, concerned parents will want to know why their kids' scores have decreased. Here's how educators can explain the change and highlight the positive aspects of the new standards.

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58 percent of U.S. adults read for pleasure

58 percent of U.S. adults read for pleasure | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"An impressive 58 percent of U.S. adults read for pleasure—which is to say, read at least one book not required for work or for school—in 2012. On the other hand, 42 percent of adults did not read a single book for pleasure in 2012. "

  • 47 percent of adults read literature (novels, short stories, poetry, plays) a decline in the past five years.
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CCSS: Write More - Grade Less - by Mike Schmoker

School and District Improvement, Assessment, Curriculum and Staff Development Consultation (Worried about grading all the writing called for in CCSS?


Via Darren Burris, Teresa McDaniel
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