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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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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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Common core means homework headaches for parents, students

Common core means homework headaches for parents, students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Common Core" and "state standards" are two phrases that have been batted around in education circles and in the media for some time. For the average Staten Island family, barely two weeks into a new school year, the two phrases translate into one thing: more homework time spent around the kitchen table and less time for other activities on school nights, including sports, television and video games."

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Heather Wehrle's curator insight, September 22, 2013 10:41 PM

It is important that we, as teachers, are careful not to overwhelm students with homework.  Common Core or not, we cannot justify consuming the lives of our students with homework.  Parents are saying they are spending more time than ever "around the kitchen table".  This is not the way our students should be learning.  They spend most of the school day seated at desks doing work; when they arrive home, they should be able to have more freedom.  Homework should be engaging, interesting, and applicable to their lives at home.

 

However, I think that the Common Core is moving education in a good direction, stressing problem-solving and critical thinking.  If homework follows suit, this homework will be much more meaningful and useful than homework in the past.  As the man in the article said, it will be helpful to the students in the long run.  This homework should be helping students learn how to solve novel, real-world problems.  I believe that while this homework is more effective than homework has been in the past, it should be getting them off the kitchen table and into the world.  I hope that when I enter my own classroom, I am able to use homework that will engage my students in interesting tasks that defy traditional homework and homework settings.

 

 

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LA: putting students on a level playing field with peers around the country while not denigrating schools in the process.

LA: putting students on a level playing field with peers around the country while not denigrating schools in the process. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

BATON ROUGE, La. - After months of discussion with educators and administrators, the Department of Education today presented a set of assessment and accountability policy proposals as part of Louisiana's gradual transition to more rigorous expectations. Delivered to the Superintendents' Advisory Council, today's presentation focused on the concept of putting students on a level playing field with peers around the country while not denigrating schools in the process.

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Common Core-Style Homework: Students must now know why the answer is right!

Common Core-Style Homework: Students must now know why the answer is right! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
While the style of teaching may be upping the standards, it can also be foreign to parents.
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Vocabulary Exercises Supported by Educational and Memory Research

Vocabulary Exercises Supported by Educational and Memory Research | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance  achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career.

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New Social Studies Framework Aims to Guide Standards

New Social Studies Framework Aims to Guide Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Catherine Gewertz


"Instead of specifying content, the document just issued by states and professional groups describes the "inquiry" process of four disciplines: civics, geography, economics, and history."

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Effective Presentations: A rubric aligned with #CommonCore

Effective Presentations: A rubric aligned with #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This rubric helps teachers guide students in grades 9-12 in making effective presentations in a project, and it can be used to assess their performance. Alignment with CCSS is noted.

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Common Core would have improved my education: A Georgia high school graduate

Common Core would have improved my education: A Georgia high school graduate | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Matt Sellers of Perry is studying at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar.


"the fact remains that the state did not hold me to the high standards of states like Massachusetts, which has significant consequences on Georgia’s educational performance."

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Staying Warm During Cold Reads | Tim Shanahan

Staying Warm During Cold Reads | Tim Shanahan | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
First, Common Core doesn’t use the term, “cold read.” It appears to be meant as a pejorative for close reading, though it only characterizes one dimension of close reading (the withholding of information from outside the text—while ignoring its emphasis on how texts work and the use of text evidence in interpretation). Close reading sounds warm and cuddly (“let’s get close”); while cold reading is, well, cold.
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Organizations That Support the CCSS

Organizations That Support the CCSS | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Controversy sells, which is why so many media outlets focus on the negative when it comes to the Common Core State Standards.
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  1. NASSP
  2. Learning First Alliance
  3. ISTE
  4. NCTM
  5. NCTE
  6. ASCD
  7. Accenture
  8. The Boeing Company
  9. Dell Inc.,
  10. Harper Industries, Inc.,
  11. IBM Corporation,
  12. Microsoft,
  13. State Farm Insurance
  14. Verizon Communications, Inc.
  15. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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Rigor and Common Core State Standards - video by Barbara Blackburn

Barbara discusses the relationship between instructional rigor and the Common Core State Standards.  She focuses on using the standards as a foundation, and then building on the standards with instruction.

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Poll shows Common Core supported by majority of Michigan voters

Poll shows Common Core supported by majority of Michigan voters | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Despite most voters not being aware of the controversial standards, there is broad support for them among members of all parties.
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"Consider yourself a teacher of the language of your content area."

"Consider yourself a teacher of the language of your content area." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

New Learning Standards for ELA/Literacy, drawing from the Common Core ELA Standards for Literacy, include the use of informational text in all grades and content areas as a way for students to gather and build knowledge.  Another way of looking at this it to consider yourself a teacher of the language of your content area. 

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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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'Double-Testing' Relief: big changes ahead in student testing

'Double-Testing' Relief: big changes ahead in student testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


"States are considering a range of options now that the U.S. Department of Education has offered flexibility on giving their own tests or field tests of new assessments aligned to the common core."


What is "determination flexibility"?


That would allow schools to maintain their current federal accountability designations—such as “priority” or “focus” school—for one year, along with the interventions designed to help them improve.

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Common Core will eliminate the “cycle of blame”

Common Core will eliminate the “cycle of blame” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Standards are measurable end of year expectations, while curriculum is how we get there."


"It was her analogy to football that really brought the distinction to life: the expectation for a team’s offense is to make it ten yards for a first down, while the playbook guides how the team gets there."



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What computer-based tasks must students master for #CommonCore testing

What computer-based tasks must students master for #CommonCore testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Technology is not an “elective” with the Common Core Standards and 21st century learning. At a minimum, students need to know how to carry out computer-based tasks to perform well on the new SBAC testing. Four tasks that challenged students in the 2013 pilot tests were:

  • Moving between two or more screens
  • Operating spreadsheets and calculators
  • Manipulating virtual objects such as geometric constructions
  • Editing electronic text
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Tyler Wilshire Duncan's curator insight, September 28, 2013 2:43 PM

I think it is such a good idea that there is a set of standards that students need to reach and should know in order to perform well in their education. These standards according to the common core test are computer-based and within this there are four tasks that too are computer-based. These tasks are: 1. Moving between two or more screens, 2. Operating spreadsheets and calculators, 3. Manipulating virtual objects and 4. Editing electronic text. The students must be able to do these tasks in order to complete the common core test standards. 

 

I think that it is important in today’s age to be in touch as a student with the technical world. It will help one with their education in many ways. Therefore, I do think the common core testing standards may be good for students as most students in most schools do learn most of those tasks and this is because of how far technology has advanced, so I think making sure all students do know all these things is a good idea before moving forward.

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"Double Testing": US DoE Guidance

"Double Testing": US DoE Guidance | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


"The Education Department offers states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring if they give common-core-aligned field tests in math and English/language arts, and if students take full-length tests in both subjects."

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Reading for Literature AND Information (CCSS 10)

Reading for Literature AND Information (CCSS 10) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Susan Weston


  1. "complex texts" are what students must master."
  2. "reading literary texts--both fiction and eloquent non-fiction--is part of what students should be able to do, but not all of what they need. They also must be able to read about community, national, and global issues, political challenges, scientific discoveries, and technical applications of those discoveries."
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Common Core may "raise the graduation bar too high for some districts and students" in PA?

Common Core may "raise the graduation bar too high for some districts and students" in PA? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Some lawmakers and educators worried last week, after the state Board of Education overwhelmingly approved new "common core" education standards, that the protocol would raise the graduation bar too high for some districts and students.

That's not a frivolous concern. Some of Pennsylvania's districts are deeply stressed and lack the resources they should have to help students. Many students lack the family, social and financial resources they need to achieve proficiency."

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Common Core: Missouri’s journey to implementation

Common Core: Missouri’s journey to implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It all started modestly during 2009, when several organizations, including the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, began to notice test scores and content on “exit”...
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Implementing Literacy Common Core in the Non-ELA Classroom

Implementing Literacy Common Core in the Non-ELA Classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core Standards for Literacy in the History/Social Sciences, Science and Technical Subjects are all standards that non-ELA teachers, from art to science, can target. 

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Melissa Jacobsen's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:46 AM

A brief article that includes details on text-dependent quesitons and speaking and listening

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NEA Poll: Educators Show Strong Support for the Common Core State Standards

NEA Poll: Educators Show Strong Support for the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tim Walker 


According to a new poll by the National Education Association, the Common Core State Standards are strongly supported by its members. Roughly two-thirds of educators are either wholeheartedly in favor of the standards (26 percent) or support them with “some reservations” (50 percent).

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More Publishers Adopt Lexile Measures in Response to the Common Core State Standards

More Publishers Adopt Lexile Measures in Response to the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, has witnessed a substantial increase in the number of publishers providing Lexile® measures for their books as a result of the...”


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