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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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Common Core Assessment Simulator

Common Core Assessment Simulator | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Common Core Assessment Simulator

  • Allows students and teachers to interact with digital content in both math and language arts.
  • Uses a variety of interactions including dragging-and-dropping, sorting, and highlighting.
  • Explains how students interact with the digital content, the big idea being assessed, for what grade level, and to what depth of knowledge.
  • Presents answers to assessment questions and offers opportunities for students to learn from mistakes.
  • Is not specifically aligned to any assessment targets, therefore, it should NOT be used to assess students' knowledge of the Common Core.
  • The Common Core Assessment Simulator is available for limited preview. To view all items in this program, a passphrase is required.Contact Us for more information.
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PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core

PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.
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Lowery Responds To Common Core Critics

Lowery Responds To Common Core Critics | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
WBAL Radio 1090 AM - Maryland Superintendent of Schools defends the Common Core curriculum which some critics say allows the state to compile personal information of students.
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Free open catalog of educational content aligned to the Common Core

Free open catalog of educational content aligned to the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

OpenEd Institute provides free access to over 120,000 videos and 80,000 educational games, searchable by keyword, grade and standard.

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Annette Moore's curator insight, June 27, 2013 1:08 PM

a resource with lots of potential. designed by grade and topics...lots of videos and games!

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:22 PM

Free acces with simple searching features that provides access to over 120,000 videos and 80,000 educational games, searchable by keyword, grade and standard.  The content was selected and tagged by a group of teachers throughout the U.S.  Teachers can mark their favorites and recommend the best resources for each standard..

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Focus on Instructional Shifts & People, Not Technology for Common-Core Implementation?

Focus on Instructional Shifts & People, Not Technology for Common-Core Implementation? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Preparing districts for the common core requires focusing on instructional shifts, rather than technology itself, panelists at an ISTE forum argued Monday.
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ISTE Announces Position on Common Core State Standards

ISTE Announces Position on Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recommends Implementation of Common Core in Concert With ISTE Standards for Learning, Teaching and Leading in the Digital Age.

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy, one mandated by the Common Core State Standards because of its many rewards: increased perspective-takin
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:10 PM

Quality discussion, according to the University of Washington's Center for Instructional Development and Research, involves purposeful questions prepared in advance, assessment, and starting points for further conversations. 

Carrie Pierce's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:07 AM

Rich, deep dialogue that you can assess

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Releasing PARCC Aligned Curriculum and Assessment Planners

Releasing PARCC Aligned Curriculum and Assessment Planners | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Partner in Education


I’ve been working like a madwoman creatingEvidence Centered Design planners for teachers to use in the coming days and months as they work to prepare lessons and learning for the 2015 Common Core Assessments. Having said that, I’ll add that though these planners can effect that change, they are also just good sense when we think about how to develop lessons and learning whether we are striving to meet the CCSS or just working to be good teachers.

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Common Core Resources for Libraries

Common Core Resources for Libraries | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core and New York Libraries: Division of Library Development, New York State Library


On Monday, June 18, New York State Library’s Division of Library Development released a set of Common Core Learning Standards to be implemented in libraries throughout the state. These new guidelines will impact school and public libraries alike, and are meant to “foster a community of inquiry and literacy that leads to high academic achievement, independent reading and learning, and collaborative efforts throughout a student’s life.”

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Close Reading Resources via NC

Close Reading Resources via NC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

NC CCSS ELA Close Reading Resources | Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ,8 and Close Reading Passages, Close Reading Lessons Plans, Close Reading Graphic Organizes, and Close Reading NC CCSS ELA Posters 

North Carolina's ELA Common Core State Standards are being implemented fully this year! CCSS ELA testing starts 2014-15! Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Students need to prepare for the more rigorous CCSS ELA reading standards with careful examination and study of text demands. The Close Reading CCSS ELA resources below are great tools for teachers to use in the classroom to help students develop stronger reading comprehension strategies and skills.

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Writing in Mathematics

Writing in Mathematics | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Collaborative for Teaching and Learning

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, June 24, 2013 5:11 AM

A link to some links on the topic.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 24, 2013 8:48 AM

Love these links.... Math teachers should, too, with the new standards~

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Is AP better than freshman college courses?

Is AP better than freshman college courses? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

UNC student thinks his freshman courses weren’t as good as AP. What do you think? “ "my high school teachers used better and more efficient methods of teaching than those I saw in my first year of college."


Most of the available data shows that high school students who do well in AP courses and tests do better in college than students who do not take AP.

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LAUSD students must pass rigorous college-prep courses to graduate

LAUSD students must pass rigorous college-prep courses to graduate | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Unifieds incoming freshmen class will be the first that will have to pass a rigorous college-prep curriculum with a "C" in order to get a diploma, which has district officials scrambling to identify and replicate successful...
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Teacher of the Year: Georgia is going through its own growth spurt as we implement the Common Core

Teacher of the Year: Georgia is going through its own growth spurt as we implement the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Pam Williams is an Instructional Support Specialist for Grades 9-12 in Appling County High School in Georgia.


"Education before the standards allowed tremendous freedom to teach with deep focus and critical thinking, but this also came with an often disjointed curriculum and little accountability. Then our early standards and the first rounds of standardized testing came.  Teachers, myself included, struggled to find the balance of covering all of the standards in the given time while still providing opportunities for problem-solving and inquiry."

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Speaking of the Common Core ... Give Students Time to Talk

Speaking of the Common Core ... Give Students Time to Talk | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A teacher offers six suggestions for giving students purposeful practice in oral communication, a focus of the common standards.
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:17 PM

It is important that students are provided with many opportunities to speak (and listen). Especially when planning lessons sometimes with scaffolding and even more spontaneous.

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All Students Can Meet the Deeper Learning Bar Set by Common Core

By Bob Wise


Teachers do not want to feel torn between teaching to state tests and preparing students for the world beyond school.

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The Six Instructional Shifts for ELA Common Core State Standards - Pearson

The Six Instructional Shifts for ELA Common Core State Standards - Pearson | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Good summary of the Shifts in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA).

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Close Reading + Visual Literacy=Pathways for Understanding

Close Reading + Visual Literacy=Pathways for Understanding | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Katie Cunningham, from Manhattanville College, discusses how to incorporate visual close reading in a curriculum.
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Mara Ofengender's curator insight, June 27, 2013 12:15 PM

REading close is an important skill for any kind of reading but it will help analyze scripts.  

Karen Ford's comment, July 10, 2013 3:29 PM
this is a great article... and one that I'll have my grad & undergrad students read.
lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:55 PM

Great strategies to help students any age with comprehension, resources,and lessons.

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USDoE Offers Flexibility On "Double-Testing" and Evaluations During Common Core Transition | NEA Today

USDoE Offers Flexibility On "Double-Testing" and Evaluations During Common Core Transition | NEA Today | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tim Walker


With the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) speeding up, states are faced with the prospect of having to “double-test” and use "high-stakes tests to evaluate teachers."

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High Quality Assessment: Criteria via Stanford

High Quality Assessment: Criteria via Stanford | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

http://edpolicy.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/criteria-higher-quality-assessment_0.pdf?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer79b51&utm_medium=twitter



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Ready WA

Ready WA | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ready Washington is a coalition that supports college- and career-ready learning standards: Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
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Georgia Literacy Wiki

Georgia Literacy Wiki | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This Wiki is for Georgia teachers of science, social studies and technical subjects to find, share and discuss resources from around the state. 
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Maryland teachers prepare for tougher math curriculum under Common Core

Maryland teachers prepare for tougher math curriculum under Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers will spend the summer training to roll out Curriculum 2.0 to fourth- and fifth-grade students.
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Common Core: Diamond in the Rough?

Common Core: Diamond in the Rough? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Many teachers are experiencing the common-core implementation as massive second-order change.

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Amy Youngblood's curator insight, June 23, 2013 9:16 PM

When you read this article don't skip the 2nd grade video!

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Experts Urge States To Stay Course on High-Quality Assessments

Experts Urge States To Stay Course on High-Quality Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Top assessment experts craft five criteria they consider crucial to designing new and better tests of what students know.
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