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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 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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State rethinks new end-of-grade school tests

State rethinks new end-of-grade school tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Complaints about new tests in subjects from science to civics have the State Board of Education reconsidering how to use the results and who will write future exams.
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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Students cringe when teachers mention annotation because they know it’s time-consuming, detail-oriented, and just plain boring.


At least that’s their initial impression. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this reaction at the beginning of many school years, when introducing and requiring annotations on student reading assignments. And I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing those same students automatically and joyfully annotate by the end of the school year.

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Every teacher should enhance their student's reading comprehension by using  annotations as a record of their thinking. If you’re thinking, make a record of it by writing down.

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The Tennessee Miracle

The Tennessee Miracle | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Although little overall change is detected, some states have made remarkable strides forward. Tennessee is the most outstanding example. Having been graded an F in every previous report, it made the astounding jump to a straight A in 2011. In 2007, the state of Tennessee recognized that its academic standards were much too lax and that schools were not encouraged to provide students with the skills necessary to compete in the modern job market. With the support of his state department of education and board of education, then governor Phil Bredesen led a concerted, highly publicized effort to revamp the state standards. As a result, state tests were made much more challenging and the percentage of students identified as proficient dropped from 90 percent or more to around 50 percent, a candid admission of the challenges the Tennessee schools faced. The remarkable transition in Tennessee shows that states are capable of dramatic reform when the political leadership is committed to focusing public attention on the problem."

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Tech Challenges take OK out of the #CommonCore game! What about other states?

Tech Challenges take OK out of the #CommonCore game! What about other states? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A recent Education Week article announced Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams. Only 15% of Oklahoma schools have the minimal infrastructure and computing devices eeded to participate in the PARCC Common Core Assessments. 

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Will 'the inconsistency in implementation occurring in states undermine the valuable standards?'

Will 'the inconsistency in implementation occurring in states undermine the valuable standards?' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I worry that the inconsistency in implementation occurring in states will undermine the valuable standards. It is clear that the Department of Education will not assume any leadership due to the politics of opposition to a national curriculum. The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are the best hope for consistent implementation, but the two organizations will fail if they do not assure that the unions are equal partners. It is clear to me that the more mistakes we see on implementation, the stronger the case is made for critics of Common Core State Standards.

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N.C. Moving to Integrated High School Math With Common Core

N.C. Moving to Integrated High School Math With Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
North Carolina is moving away from the traditional high school math pathway to require that students complete integrated courses in the discipline.
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This move by NC is proof positive that the CCSS is not a curriculum. In fact, GA moved away from integrated math. Reason cited--CCSS

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States With NCLB Waivers Split on New Flexibility Offer

States With NCLB Waivers Split on New Flexibility Offer | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

States with waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act are almost evenly divided on whether they will take U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan up on his offer of extra time to begin using new teacher-evaluation systems to decide which educators to hire, fire, or promote.

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Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams

Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Just one in five Oklahoma schools had sufficient bandwidth and devices to administer online common-core exams, a state survey found.
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Idaho Teachers Preparing for Fall Switch to Common Core Standards

Idaho Teachers Preparing for Fall Switch to Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
TWIN FALLS • With a new school year just months away, English teacher Jeff Roper is reworking all his lesson plans.
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Conversations for Inquiring Minds's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:03 PM

In recent years the Idaho School System has seen huge changes in delivery of lessons as well as attitudes.  The move toward more technology and online teaching has caused a lot of controversy.  In addition, the desire of the State to move more toward Merit Pay has caused vocal arguments from both sides of the Educational landscape.

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ISTE 2013: Building Technology into the Common Core Standards

ISTE 2013: Building Technology into the Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Educators find creative ways to use technology to improve learning outcomes and assessments.
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Richard Krause's curator insight, July 7, 2013 11:12 PM

We have implemented the common core here for math & Language arts.  Science is next.  I'm a fan but I understand the anxiety associated with it.

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Five Common Core Strategies for Parents | CS Launchpad

Five Common Core Strategies for Parents | CS Launchpad | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How can parents take part in their children’s education as the standards roll out? Teachers from College Summit, an organization that partners with 180 high schools across the country to help students toward college and career success, offer practical advice for parents. Here are five tips parents might use to address their state’s implementation of the CCSS:

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"In K-12 education, we are in the equivalent of a Great Depression"

"In K-12 education, we are in the equivalent of a Great Depression" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In K-12 education, we are in the equivalent of a Great Depression. Nearly two-thirds of our high school seniors aren’t prepared to pass freshman English and math in college. In lots of districts, the college readiness rate is in the single digits. The kids who aren’t getting out of high school with college-level skills face grim prospects as to earning power, teen pregnancy and even lifespan. 

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The Effect of High School Exit Exams on Graduation, Employment, Wages and Incarceration

"We find relatively modest effects of high school exit exams except on incarceration."

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Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core

Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The rush to be "ready" for common assessments in 2015 has dominated conversation about the new tests. But in some places, they're starting to be seen as only a beginning.
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5 Concerns of IT Pros: Assessing Tech Readiness for Common Core

5 Concerns of IT Pros: Assessing Tech Readiness for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
While a lack of technology equipment and infrastructure forced Oklahoma out of the Common Core assessment game, a recent survey reveals that OK may not be alone! While the IT Pros generally favored the new standards, they voiced five main concerns:
 
  1. lack of budget (76 percent)
  2. lack of IT staff (69 percent) to support increased technology needs whether the technology is in place to support online assessments (62 percent)
  3. whether classroom technologies are in place to facilitate ­instruction (60 percent)
  4. whether the existing IT infrastructure (55 percent) and
  5. wireless access (55 ­percent) are strong enough and reliable enough, respectively, to handle the demands Common Core will place on them.

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Schools cannot be expected to jump from paper to online assessments in one step. I know because it took us four or five years to transition from paper to online while administering eleven end-of-course state tests.


1. Schools must have the equipment and infrastructure.

2. Schools must have several years of experience integrating technology to the point that the school has transitioned from viewing technology as a novelty to a nicety, and finally to a necessity. In other words, technolgy should be grounded in day-to-day teaching practice.

3. Students and teachers need experience with online testing--at least two years before they become comfortable. Experience has taught me that scores will suffer in years one and two of the transition.

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Amy Hoodjer Updegraff's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:35 PM

I thought this was a very good article.  This would be a common place to think about a needs assessment.  What is the real reason why technology may not be implemented in classrooms.  Is it because of a lack of support or wireless access that is prohibiting teachers.  After this assessment plans could be made to correct the things that could be corrected.

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Which states will see proficiency rates drop the most? "Truth in advertising"

Which states will see proficiency rates drop the most? "Truth in advertising" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Despite Common Core, States Still Lack Common Standards

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"Note that an A or a B does not indicate a relatively high performance by students in the state. Rather, it indicates that the state’s definition of proficient embodies higher expectations for students. It is best thought of as a high grade for “truth in advertising,” telling citizens frankly how well students are performing on an internationally accepted scale, just as states have pledged to do by joining the CCSS consortium. See the methodological sidebar for further details."

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How the common core has ramped up reading expectations

How the common core has ramped up reading expectations | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

With a Lexile of 950, Bud, Not Buddy was considered a book for 7th and 8th graders a few years ago, but now it's considered appropriate for 5th and 6th graders. Island of the Blue Dolphins used to be placed in the 8-10 grade band, but now Lexile includes it in grades 7 and 8.

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:54 PM

Common Core book displays in book stores such as Barnes and Noble

seems to show how the common core presence has increased reading expectations for the public. 

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Common Core & Ed Tech: technology does more than just balance the playing field

Common Core & Ed Tech: technology does more than just balance the playing field | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Regardless of your school’s access - 1:1, BYOD, or a couple of tablets in the classroom – technology does more than just balance the playing field.  It offers opportunities to meet the standards, address 21st century skills, allows for differentiation, provides for creativity and choice, and most importantly, pushes students to reach those higher levels of thinking.  Creativity is no longer about those who are skilled in the visual and performing arts.  It’s about taking what you know and applying it to new and different situations. It’s taking what was imagined and making it real.  Technology helps make that happen.

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Why OK will not use PARCC tests: 2 reasons - tech and time

Why OK will not use PARCC tests: 2 reasons - tech and time | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. 85 percent of the state's districts were not technologically ready to administer tests online
  2. developing its own tests will mean Oklahoma students will spend half as much time on testing as they would with PARCC tests
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Making "the conditions of teaching so oppressive that they are intolerable to even the most dedicated"

Making "the conditions of teaching so oppressive that they are intolerable to even the most dedicated" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core State Standards: A lesson in shrewd marketing
University of Georgia professor Peter Smagorinsky is a frequent contributor to the Get Schooled blog.
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ELL: Common Core-Aligned Tasks in English Language Arts

A substantial body of research clearly indicates that utilizing specific instructional modifications as well as targeted pedagogical strategies can accelerate ELLs’ academic achievement and English language acquisition.  

As a result, ELLs’ academic performance can be comparable to their English proficient (EP) counterparts. 


http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/4FD788EE-7D6E-42F8-A415-C2A6C1C31A15/0/GeneralELAStrategiesforELLs_082811.pdf


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Math: Websites by Grade Level (K-5) and Common Core

Math:  Websites by Grade Level (K-5) and Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Janet Alvarez's curator insight, July 8, 2013 8:28 AM

For Elementary K-5.  Site has CCSS standards with links to online activities for the specific standard.

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Lessons Learned From Old Standards: "They were low!"

Lessons Learned From Old Standards: "They were low!" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Under the No Child Left Behind law, states saw low test scores and the lowering of score standards. Advocates for the more rigorous Common Core standards say it will be harder for states to hide their failing schools.
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What does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners?

What does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
English Language Learners (ELLs), have a challenging, sometimes daunting task ahead of them. They must learn and master rigorous academic content, while also acquiring the English language.
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:00 PM

Strategies to help ELL with common core.