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College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
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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Study: Teacher Prep Programs Get Failing Marks : NPR

Study: Teacher Prep Programs Get Failing Marks : NPR | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The U.S. spends more than $7 billion a year preparing classroom teachers, but teachers are not coming out of the nation's colleges of education ready."

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HS curriculum out of step with the set of skills students need to learn in order to succeed in college

HS curriculum out of step with the set of skills students need to learn in order to succeed in college | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers think they're preparing students for higher education, but the reality those students encounter paints a different picture.
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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Mel Riddile, Associate Director of High School Services at the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP)


Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before.

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 17, 2013 8:24 PM

1. A culture of college and career readiness.

2. Schoolwide literacy.

3. Student engagement, collaboration, and inquiry.

4. Instructional time.

5. Professional learning.


This post originally appeared on Education Week's Transforming Learning blog. Reposted with permission from Editorial Projects in Education.

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Common Core offers a useful test, not the bogeyman critics fear - The Boston Globe

Common Core offers a useful test, not the bogeyman critics fear - The Boston Globe | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A cadre of critics — from conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck to Diane Ravitch, a newly prominent defender of traditional public education — — from Glenn Beck, the conservative broadcaster, to Diane Ravitch, a newly prominent...
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Algebra: Students struggle with Common Core Aligned Tests

Algebra: Students struggle with Common Core Aligned Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it


Dr. John Barge


"The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has heard from a number of districts and schools concerning the Coordinate Algebra EOCT results.  We understand that student achievement, as indicated by the scores, is less than desired.  It is important, however, to remember that this is our first assessment that has been specifically designed to send a clear signal of college and career readiness.  These results reflect the increased rigor of the content standards as well as the increased expectations for student achievement and are not unlike other indicators of college and career readiness for our state."


The main areas where students struggled include:

  • Representing functions/equations as graphs or words: understanding what they mean and generalizing interpretations
  • Using tables: equations representing relationships, conclusions, and specifying data (generalized), extending findings from the table; generalizing the interpretation of results
  • Geometry and the coordinate plane: graphing, applying geometric shapes, and transformation using the coordinate plane
  • Exponents, especially functions with time change and graphing and interpreting them
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Chiefs Group Terminates Role in Social Studies Framework

Chiefs Group Terminates Role in Social Studies Framework | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of the Chief State School Officers cites the need to focus its energy on helping states implement common standards in mathematics and English/language arts.
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Study: Math requirements not aligned with Common Core in many states

Study: Math requirements not aligned with Common Core in many states | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new study says most states have not aligned their math high school graduation requirements or course of study with the Common Core Standards.
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Myths fuel attacks on 'Common Core' standards | USA Today

Myths fuel attacks on 'Common Core' standards | USA Today | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The standards provide a road map of where students ought to be in math and English as they move from kindergarten through 12th grade, and one goal is to promote critical thinking as opposed to rote memorization."

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College Grad Rate Soars

College Grad Rate Soars | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The increase, which follows more than two decades of slow growth in college completion, appears to be driven by the recent recession and the creation of new types of jobs.
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A Proposal for Better Growth Measures

A Proposal for Better Growth Measures | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Given that 20 states and most test publishers (CTB, ETS, NWEA, Measured Progress, Pearson, Scholastic, Scantron, Cambium-Voyager) currently report student reading ability on the Lexile scale from MetaMetrics, it seems like a logical choice for a common reference point. In addition to test publishers, all the major text and trade book publishers have elected to use Lexile measures as a way to describe text complexity.


Instructional companies are building intervention and instructional programs around Lexile measures. For example, Scholastic Reading Inventory and Curriculum Associates' i-Ready have also linked their assessments with the Lexile Framework illustrating the practicality of a common scale.

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Fewer Tests? State charts new course

Fewer Tests? State charts new course | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas today signed legislation to rewrite state graduation requirements, reducing from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma.
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Rigor: In search of a definition

Rigor: In search of a definition | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recently, I had a conversation with a group of math coaches who are working with elementary teachers on implementation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. The discussion turned to a description of rigor in the classroom. The coaches commented that many of their teachers were confused by exactly what was meant by teaching and learning with rigor. The coaches weren’t sure how to respond.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:40 AM

Good article from the president of NCTM.

John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 5, 2014 7:35 PM

Provides some interesting discussion of rigor, especially as used in the teaching of mathematics.

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How do current state math standards compare to international standards?

This study examines Ohio’s current math content standards in comparison to TIMSS, PISA, high performing international counterparts, and the recently released Common Core. Specifically, it examines whether the state’s standards are “a mile wide and inch deep.”


Ohio’s standards generally are less focused than the international comparisons, not very aligned to TIMSS and PISA, and have lower cognitive expectations.


The CCSS have greatly increased that focus by reducing the number of topics in the analyzed grade levels while increasing the levels of cognitive expectations.

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The Common Core Mathematics Standards and Community College Requirements

The Common Core Mathematics Standards and Community College Requirements | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Marc Tucker


"It takes time for states, districts, schools and teachers to absorb and put into practice a set of standards.  Worldwide, 10 years is a common cycle."

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Algebra 2: Questions Arise About Need

Algebra 2: Questions Arise About Need | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Debate over the subject's relevancy brews in several states even as the Common Core State Standards for mathematics expect students to master that content.
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Are College and Career Skills Really the Same?

Are College and Career Skills Really the Same? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Samuel Main's curator insight, January 20, 5:36 PM

This article brings me new insight on the difference between college development and career skills. College provides the qualifications to learn certain career skill sets, however some occupations have entry level jobs that train such skills on the spot. This essentially poses an interesting clash between needing to build career experience vs. college degree achievement. 

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Has Gov. Pence Just Saved the Common Core in Indiana?

Has Gov. Pence Just Saved the Common Core in Indiana? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's selections to the state school board could mean the common core is safe in the state.
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“Change the behavior of the teacher, and you’ll change the behavior of the students.”

“Change the behavior of the teacher, and you’ll change the behavior of the students.” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Literacy: Every Student, Every Class, Every Day

Literacy: Every Student, Every Class, Every Day | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Dr. Teresa Littrell McDaniel, Assistant Principal, Jackson (TN) Central-Merry Academy


The onset of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards has raised the awareness of educators regarding the rigor of instruction in many classrooms and the depth at which teachers engage students in rigorous curriculum.

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Don’t fall for myths about Common Core

Don’t fall for myths about Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
About a half-dozen years ago, governors and state education officials across the country grew concerned that their states had vastly differing expectations of what a high schooler should know.
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School Chiefs recommend "flexibility" in Common Core Implementation

School Chiefs recommend "flexibility" in Common Core Implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The council wants states to be allowed to do the following:

  • Identify their lowest-performing schools at the end of this school year and maintain those designations and support through the assessment transition period (the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years).
  • Base teacher evaluations on measures other than the Common Core tests during the transition years and phase in the use of their educator evaluation systems in making personnel decisions.
  • Decide which tests to use during the 2013-14 transition year and not be required to double test students.
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Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:44 AM

Using Common Sense w/ CC

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Will the Common Core create a technology 'ceiling'?

Will the Common Core create a technology 'ceiling'? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the things that drew me to the Common Core initially was its great potential as a platform to develop new, cool technologies that teachers all across the country could use to improve their i...
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Quarterly Planning Guide - ELA Gr 7

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Assessment Planner: Alignment to PARCC’s Blueprints and The Common Core | Partner in Education

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Separating fact from fiction about Common Core education Standards

Separating fact from fiction about Common Core education Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The standards are goals, not mandates. Teachers at individual schools will continue to decide what to teach and how to help children meet the basic goals.
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Make science tell a story! - Willingham 

Make science tell a story! - Willingham  | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Elsewhere I have written about the potential power of narrative to help students understand and remember complex subject matter (Willingham, 2004 ; 2009). Now a new study ( Arya & Maul, 2012 )...
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