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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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Professional Learning that Unlocks the Potential of Common Core Standards

Professional Learning that Unlocks the Potential of Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Read four suggestions for accelerating substantive learning essential for transforming educator practice and beliefs when implementing Common Core.
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce: #CommonCore brings benefits to education, economy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: #CommonCore brings benefits to education, economy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Thomas J. Donohue is CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20062; website: www.uschamber.com.


John Engler is president of the Business Roundtable.

WASHINGTON — America’s public K-12 education system isn’t making the grade.

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100,000 Practice Problems

100,000 Practice Problems | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
We’re excited to announce that Khan Academy has created lots of new math practice problems for the start of the school year! We now have 100,000 problems.
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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 9, 2013 5:43 PM

Love that they're correlated to the CCSS.

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New York’s Common Core Test Scores

New York’s Common Core Test Scores | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A look at the results from the first round of exams linked to new learning standards show that the state has a long way to go in adequately educating students.
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Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States’ Progress and Challenges

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States’ Progress and Challenges | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States’ Progress and Challenges, a report by by Diane Stark Rentner at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, DC, USA...
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"Common Core in math and ELA will require fundamental changes in instruction."

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 7, 2013 12:36 PM

Deeper Learning and the GENERATION of ideas and products also rrequires a commitment and sticktuitiveness.  These require different levels of fortitude for students.

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PA Common Core: A myth-busting tour

PA Common Core: A myth-busting tour | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"So, we've covered no mandate for curriculum, no mandate for textbooks, no national assessments," said Department of Education Deputy Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq nearly 20 minutes into a Monday hearing.

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2 cheers and 2 concerns for the Common Core’s Jason Zimba

2 cheers and 2 concerns for the Common Core’s Jason Zimba | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Last week, Jason Zimba (architect of the Common Core math standards) took to the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog to confront some misinformation regarding the Common Core. As my colleague Rick He...
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Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Help Teachers Prepare for the Common Core

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Help Teachers Prepare for the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recognizing the need for example assessment items that teachers can use for professional learning, Smarter Balanced developed online practice tests for grades 3–8 and 11 in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics. The practice tests are available through the Smarter Balanced website.

The practice tests include test questions with the same features that students will experience in 2014–15, including

  • Selected-response items;
  • Constructed-response items;
  • Technology-enhanced items; and
  • Performance tasks—extended activities that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems. (Currently, the practice tests include performance tasks for ELA/literacy; math performance tasks will be added over the summer.)
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The #CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards…in 20 days or less!

The #CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards…in 20 days or less! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Speaking and Listening Standards are the fuel that give the ELA Common Core standards their oomph.  In fact, without the SL standards, our kids will NEVER be able to master the full standards.  Why?

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Michael Rost's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:28 PM

Speaking and listening competencies are foundational for content learning...

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National Geographic and the Common Core

National Geographic and the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Find out how the National Geographic Society is connecting to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
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lbligen's curator insight, August 5, 2013 5:25 PM

Natioanl Geographic Common Core resources for ELA K-12. Great resource!

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Survey finds most state ed agencies foresee continued support for Common Core

Survey finds most state ed agencies foresee continued support for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The report finds that, although a direct federal role in implementing the Common Core State Standards has been controversial, a majority of states in the survey support legislative and/or regulatory changes to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act to help them with their implementation efforts. The report also addresses the issue of within-state opposition to standards and finds that the vast majority of survey states do not anticipate their state’s decision to adopt the standards will be reversed, limited or changed in 2013-14.


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http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=420#sthash.mLG4WhPY.dpuf


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Common Core: Too Much for Special Ed Students?

Common Core: Too Much for Special Ed Students? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

On the surface, some educators might think the higher level thinking skills needed to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessments are too much to ask of special education students, but I propose those higher level thinking skills are just what special education students need.


Here’s why:

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Text Complexity: 5 Technology Tools to Measure

Text Complexity: 5 Technology Tools to Measure | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:08 PM

Common Core resources.

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Text Dependency is Too Low a Standard

Text Dependency is Too Low a Standard | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy


Common Core advocates make a big deal out of the idea that questions should be text dependent. This means you shouldn’t be able to answer a question without reading the text. By all means ask questions that require reading.
"However, this is a very low standard. Many text dependent questions simply aren’t worth asking."

"The key is to ask questions that are not only text dependent, but that guide the reader to accomplish those interpretive goals. To do that the questions have to emphasize what is important in the universe of the text."
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"Last year's reports measured success against an easy definition of proficiency."

"Last year's reports measured success against an easy definition of proficiency." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Guest Blogger Susan Weston says at long last, we're inviting our children--all our children--to play varsity ball
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Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks

Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Large numbers of students failed the state exams, which were aligned with a more rigorous set of standards known as the Common Core.
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#CommonCore can give rural students a fighter’s chance at earning a slot in a competitive university or a well-paying job

#CommonCore can give rural students a fighter’s chance at earning a slot in a competitive university or a well-paying job | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
To fully appreciate the academics of rural schools, let’s dig into three data points that were not components of the state’s rating system.
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What is "developmentally appropriate?"

What is "developmentally appropriate?" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A blog posting over at Schools Matter @ The Chalk Face has gathered a lot of interest--78 comments, many of them outraged. The New York State Education Dept. has a website that is meant to help...
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#CommonCore signals a return of history, civics, literature, science, and the fine arts to elementary schools

#CommonCore signals a return of history, civics, literature, science, and the fine arts to elementary schools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Shout it from the rooftops, tell all your friends: The Common Core era signals a return of history, civics, literature, science, and the fine arts to the elementary school curriculum


"Student scores on language arts tests are the single most reliable academic predictors of later income. The new language arts standards of the Common Core represent an historic opportunity for beneficial change in American schools—if they are put into effect intelligently.

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Locating Appropriate Reading Materials: 'refining searches according to reading level'

Locating Appropriate Reading Materials: 'refining searches according to reading level' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

On Google's advanced search page there is a tool for refining searches according to reading level. This tool on its own can be very helpful in helping students locate materials that are appropriate for their reading abilities. It can also be helpful to combine use of the reading level refinement tool with a domain level refinement. For example, if my students are studying the American Civil War they might search for materials hosted on a ".k12.me.us" domain and refine that search according to reading level

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How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology - Edudemic

How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology - Edudemic | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
If you're a teacher in the US, you've surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools.
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21 Common Core-Aligned Math Apps for High School Students From edshelf

21 Common Core-Aligned Math Apps for High School Students From edshelf | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A collection of teacher-approved Common Core-aligned iPhone and iPad math apps for high school students, such as Desmos, Algebra Touch, Geometry Pad, etc.
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What can go wrong in high-stakes online testing? THE Journal

What can go wrong in high-stakes online testing? THE Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
From bandwidth issues to playing nice with assistive technologies, there's a lot that can go wrong in the world of high-stakes online testing. Our new legal columnist shares why it's not just states and testing companies with a lot on the line.
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English-Learners and Common Core in the Classroom: Full lesson videos

English-Learners and Common Core in the Classroom: Full lesson videos | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The bilingual website Colorín Colorado features full lesson plans created for ELLs and videos of teachers using them in the classroom.
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English-Language Learners, Common Core, and Filling in the Gaps

English-Language Learners, Common Core, and Filling in the Gaps | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A California advocacy group for ELLs has published a toolkit for educators who want to help support the success of second-language learners with the new common standards.
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SARAH HANCHEY's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:58 PM

A thought worth considering: If we taught reading and writing to every student in every classroom every day, regardless of the content area, we could witness a dramatic positive effect on student achievement.