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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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'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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Creating Greater Classroom Transparency Around the Common Core

Creating Greater Classroom Transparency Around the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Rod PowellMystical, dark, malevolent, ominous, pornographic. Glancing at my Twitter streams (#commoncore, #nced, #ncpol), I've seen each of these words applied to the new Common Core State Standards.
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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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Loren Vannest's curator insight, July 18, 2015 12:03 PM

I am interested in themes of school improvement.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 12:28 PM

Fullan addresses changes in regards to the common core 

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 1:23 PM

I am interested in this article because it is about themes of school improvement.

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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

Close Reading: Answer Frames | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Answer Frames

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.

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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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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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Is There a Place for Commercial Reading Programs in the Common Core?

Is There a Place for Commercial Reading Programs in the Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Shanahan on Literacy


"CCSS neither requires the use of commercial programs nor does it prohibit such use. That is strictly a local decision."
"I’ve long argued that teachers need programs. The development of extensive lesson plans and tracking down appropriate materials each day is overwhelming for most teachers, and it introduces great variability into classroom instruction."



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Programs are tools and are effectively used as a part of a comprehensive school wide, multi-tiered system of literacy supports.

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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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