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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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Lessons Learned From Old Standards: "They were low!"

Lessons Learned From Old Standards: "They were low!" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Under the No Child Left Behind law, states saw low test scores and the lowering of score standards. Advocates for the more rigorous Common Core standards say it will be harder for states to hide their failing schools.
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What does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners?

What does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
English Language Learners (ELLs), have a challenging, sometimes daunting task ahead of them. They must learn and master rigorous academic content, while also acquiring the English language.
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Strategies to help ELL with common core.

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NCTM Pres. 5 key points on CCSS math standards and assessments

NCTM Pres.  5 key points on CCSS math standards and assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Cathy Seeley, a Math Solutions author and past president of NCTM, always does a wonderful job distilling the complex into the understandable.

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Everything You Need to Know About Common Core Testing -- THE Journal

Everything You Need to Know About Common Core Testing -- THE Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The dawn of the Common Core Standards has been coupled with the creation of new assessment methods. These sample questions give educators a snapshot of what the upcoming tests will llook like.
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Parents: What does my child need to know for Common Core?

Parents: What does my child need to know for Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Middle School and High School Kid-Friendly Printable Common Core Standards. Great for parents too!
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“transformative change” is needed to inject a creative boost into the current education system

“transformative change” is needed to inject a creative boost into the current education system | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals that creative teaching and innovative learning are stifled by an over-reliance on testing and assessment, forcing teachers to stay inside a restrictive curriculum that will limit students’ ability to excel in the future...
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UDL Guides Personalized Learning

UDL Guides Personalized Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the process to personalize learning using the UDL principles.


These three UDL principles help teachers know how learners:

  • Provide Multiple Means of Representation
  • Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression
  • Provide Multiple Means of Engagement
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Myth: "only fiction will imbue students with a lifelong love of reading."

Myth: "only fiction will imbue students with a lifelong love of reading." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Walt Gardner


"The assumption is that only fiction will imbue students with a lifelong love of reading.That's simply not true. Students can develop a lifelong passion for reading through non-fiction as well. In fact, I submit that if one of the goals of an English class is to help students learn to write clearly and effectively, non-fiction is far more useful."

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Sharon Murdoch's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:32 PM

There is no one right answer to the question of what will foster a love of reading.  Some interesting perspectives are presented here, by both Mr. Gardner and his readers.

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"teachers who care about students' hopes and dreams plus real-world problem-solving equals better life outcomes"

"teachers who care about students' hopes and dreams plus real-world problem-solving equals better life outcomes" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The best type of curriculum for preparing students for the workforce is one that focuses on real-world problem-solving.


59% of respondents strongly agree or agree that they developed most of the skills they use in their current job outside of school.


For students to be successful in the workplace, we need to expose them to long-term projects, help them apply knowledge to real-world problems, and ask them to use technology in ways that are more like how people use it in the real world.

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OK Education Leaders Ask to Invalidate 2013 Tests

OK Education Leaders Ask to Invalidate 2013 Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Oklahoma Education Associated stated in a report on their website that CTB/McGraw-Hill was "grossly deficient in its ability to meet the needs of Oklahoma schools and students." This was a...
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Teacher Involvement, Deep Understanding of Common Core Make Ed-Tech Startup Stand Out

Teacher Involvement, Deep Understanding of Common Core Make Ed-Tech Startup Stand Out | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Helping educators implement tough new academic understands and better use student data were key themes at ISTE's 2013 "pitchfest."
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Achievement Gap Narrows on Long-Term NAEP

Achievement Gap Narrows on Long-Term NAEP | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

According to Education Week's Erik Robelen "The nation's 9- and 13-year-olds perform better in reading and math today than they did some 40 years ago, but that's not so for 17-year-olds."


"Overall, the nation’s 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are better off academically today than they were in 1971 in reading, and in 1973 in math, the years when the long-term assessment was first administered, the results suggest. But for 17-year-olds, the average achievement levels are about the same when comparing 2012 data with results for the early 1970s in both subjects."

Mel Riddile's insight:

1. Due to over testing, I don't trust international test scores for older students, particularly those in which the students never see the results. By the time they reach their senior year, students are tired of taking tests and never receiving feedback. 

2. We simply are not teaching in ways that will improve reading and math scores. In most schools, we continue to teach as though we were "sorting kids for success" instead of teaching as though we expected all students to be on the pathway to post-secondary education and training. 

3. Most math teachers are still teaching students to work math problems and not to apply math concepts to real-world situations using higher-order thinking while demonstrating logic and reasoning (writing).

4. The Common Core Standards stipulate that literacy is a "shared responsibility" across all content areas. Less than one percent of all high schools have or are attempting to implement a school wide literacy initiative. At one percent capacity, with little reading and almost no writing in high school, how can we possibly expect to see gains.

5. Our population is much more diverse than it was in 1971. Today, one in ten students nationwide speaks English as a second language. Graduation rates are at an all time high because we are keeping kids in school, who in 1971 would have dropped out and working in a low-skill factory job.


The Bottom Line:


The Common Core Standards, if properly implemented, should promote the kind of second-order culture change in our schools and classrooms that has been needed for a long time. I just hope that this is not a case of too little, too late.



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Five Common Core Strategies for Parents | CS Launchpad

Five Common Core Strategies for Parents | CS Launchpad | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How can parents take part in their children’s education as the standards roll out? Teachers from College Summit, an organization that partners with 180 high schools across the country to help students toward college and career success, offer practical advice for parents. Here are five tips parents might use to address their state’s implementation of the CCSS:

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"In K-12 education, we are in the equivalent of a Great Depression"

"In K-12 education, we are in the equivalent of a Great Depression" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In K-12 education, we are in the equivalent of a Great Depression. Nearly two-thirds of our high school seniors aren’t prepared to pass freshman English and math in college. In lots of districts, the college readiness rate is in the single digits. The kids who aren’t getting out of high school with college-level skills face grim prospects as to earning power, teen pregnancy and even lifespan. 

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The Effect of High School Exit Exams on Graduation, Employment, Wages and Incarceration

"We find relatively modest effects of high school exit exams except on incarceration."

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Math: Draft of Modeling Progression | Bill McCallum

Math: Draft of Modeling Progression | Bill McCallum | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Isn't summer wonderful? This has been sitting on my desk for a while, waiting to be typeset. Some teachers at PCMI this summer needed it for their c-TaP projects, so I finally got to it. As always,...
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83% of ed-tech leaders say preparing for Common Core assessments is among their top three priorities

83% of ed-tech leaders say preparing for Common Core assessments is among their top three priorities | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In a recent survey, 83 percent of ed-tech leaders said preparing for Common Core assessments is among their top three priorities—and 62 percent fear they won’t have enough IT infrastructure to support online testing.
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Memorization nets little retention in teaching math skills

Memorization nets little retention in teaching math skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
EDMOND, OK -- Do flashcards add up to success in school? For mom Tracy Spanier it's a no-brainer.  She's got a fully stocked study room for homework and skill drills. "I feel it's very important fo...
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Vignettes on ELA Common Core: Teachers talking with teachers | NC DPI

Vignettes on ELA Common Core: Teachers talking with teachers | NC DPI | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This library of resources has been created and compiled in order to help English Language Arts educators in North Carolina to transition their instruction to the demands of the newly adopted English Language Arts Common Core State Standards [ELA CCSS]. It is not meant to replace a thorough reading of the standards, but rather to assist in thinking more deeply about different facets of instruction impacted by the ELA CCSS.

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Will the Common Core Derail True College and Career Readiness?

Will the Common Core Derail True College and Career Readiness? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teacher Paul Barnwell says all high school students should have opportunities to take technical and vocational classes, but worries the common core will further narrow course options.
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How One School District Readied Itself For PARCC Implementation

How One School District Readied Itself For PARCC Implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
How One School District Readied Itself For PARCC Implementation
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