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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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PARCC Releases Final Grade- and Subject-Specific PLDs

PARCC Releases Final Grade- and Subject-Specific PLDs | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

State K-12 and higher education representatives, content experts and classroom educators, used the feedback to revise and clarify the PLDs to make them more accessible for educators as well as provide linkages to the PARCC assessment blueprints released at the end of April.

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Standards are not self-actualizing. They must be implemented and assessed!

Standards are not self-actualizing. They must be implemented and assessed! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn


"Standards are not self-actualizing. Indeed, they can be purely symbolic, even illusory. Unless thoroughly implemented and properly assessed, they have scant traction in schools, classrooms, and the lives—and futures—of students."

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OK out of PARCC - Keeps Common Core - "Consortia are not the standards."

OK out of PARCC - Keeps Common Core - "Consortia are not the standards." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The two consortia are not the standards. They have to so with assessments, the tests you give kids to see if their learning what those standards say. Oklahoma is exercising its right not to utilize PARCC’s assessment. Instead, the state will develop its own standardized test to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

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5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core — The American Magazine

5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core — The American Magazine | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:24 PM

Common Core help for parents.

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Close Reading: "The Ultimate Goal"

Close Reading:      "The Ultimate Goal" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Our goal with close reading is not just to pass a test, perform above a “cut score,” or read closely because the teacher said so.  Sure, the current emphasis on close reading may be due to CCR Reading Anchor Standard 1 , but is that really what we want for our children, grandchildren, and students?

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Janet Alvarez's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:56 AM

I like this article because it provides good information on close reading with a short concise definition.  The article also provides links to other websites.

Check it out!

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:28 PM

A 3 step reading strategy.

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Guessing Won't Work: Everything You Need to Know About CCSS Testing

Guessing Won't Work: Everything You Need to Know About CCSS Testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers


Ending the Guessing Game


“When in doubt, just pick B.” ~Anonymous

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Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core

Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The rush to be "ready" for common assessments in 2015 has dominated conversation about the new tests. But in some places, they're starting to be seen as only a beginning.
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5 Concerns of IT Pros: Assessing Tech Readiness for Common Core

5 Concerns of IT Pros: Assessing Tech Readiness for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
While a lack of technology equipment and infrastructure forced Oklahoma out of the Common Core assessment game, a recent survey reveals that OK may not be alone! While the IT Pros generally favored the new standards, they voiced five main concerns:
 
  1. lack of budget (76 percent)
  2. lack of IT staff (69 percent) to support increased technology needs whether the technology is in place to support online assessments (62 percent)
  3. whether classroom technologies are in place to facilitate ­instruction (60 percent)
  4. whether the existing IT infrastructure (55 percent) and
  5. wireless access (55 ­percent) are strong enough and reliable enough, respectively, to handle the demands Common Core will place on them.

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Schools cannot be expected to jump from paper to online assessments in one step. I know because it took us four or five years to transition from paper to online while administering eleven end-of-course state tests.


1. Schools must have the equipment and infrastructure.

2. Schools must have several years of experience integrating technology to the point that the school has transitioned from viewing technology as a novelty to a nicety, and finally to a necessity. In other words, technolgy should be grounded in day-to-day teaching practice.

3. Students and teachers need experience with online testing--at least two years before they become comfortable. Experience has taught me that scores will suffer in years one and two of the transition.

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Amy Hoodjer Updegraff's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:35 PM

I thought this was a very good article.  This would be a common place to think about a needs assessment.  What is the real reason why technology may not be implemented in classrooms.  Is it because of a lack of support or wireless access that is prohibiting teachers.  After this assessment plans could be made to correct the things that could be corrected.

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Which states will see proficiency rates drop the most? "Truth in advertising"

Which states will see proficiency rates drop the most? "Truth in advertising" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Despite Common Core, States Still Lack Common Standards

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"Note that an A or a B does not indicate a relatively high performance by students in the state. Rather, it indicates that the state’s definition of proficient embodies higher expectations for students. It is best thought of as a high grade for “truth in advertising,” telling citizens frankly how well students are performing on an internationally accepted scale, just as states have pledged to do by joining the CCSS consortium. See the methodological sidebar for further details."

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How the common core has ramped up reading expectations

How the common core has ramped up reading expectations | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

With a Lexile of 950, Bud, Not Buddy was considered a book for 7th and 8th graders a few years ago, but now it's considered appropriate for 5th and 6th graders. Island of the Blue Dolphins used to be placed in the 8-10 grade band, but now Lexile includes it in grades 7 and 8.

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:54 PM

Common Core book displays in book stores such as Barnes and Noble

seems to show how the common core presence has increased reading expectations for the public. 

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Common Core & Ed Tech: technology does more than just balance the playing field

Common Core & Ed Tech: technology does more than just balance the playing field | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Regardless of your school’s access - 1:1, BYOD, or a couple of tablets in the classroom – technology does more than just balance the playing field.  It offers opportunities to meet the standards, address 21st century skills, allows for differentiation, provides for creativity and choice, and most importantly, pushes students to reach those higher levels of thinking.  Creativity is no longer about those who are skilled in the visual and performing arts.  It’s about taking what you know and applying it to new and different situations. It’s taking what was imagined and making it real.  Technology helps make that happen.

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We must teach students to ask WHY

We must teach students to ask WHY | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.
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North Dakota Commits to Smarter Balanced

North Dakota Commits to Smarter Balanced | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The state decided that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers it a chance to share assessment goals with neighboring states.
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Literacy and the Common Core - Education Week

Literacy and the Common Core - Education Week | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Under the new common-core standards, educators are debating which literary texts should be taught in class, preparing for the rollout of new textbooks and readers, pushing literacy development across subject areas, and connecting reading and...
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:22 PM

A must have FYI

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Math Teacher: Letter to Parents on #CommonCore

Math Teacher: Letter to Parents on #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Dear parent or guardian,


My name is Andy Harridge and I will be your student’s math teacher for this 2013-14 school year.  During this school year, you will see many differences between my math class and what math class looked like when we were in school. These changes are due to the nationwide movement towards the Common Core State Standards...

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 16, 2013 6:45 PM

Very well-written letter.  Thanks for sharing--and thanks for being so student-centered.

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:25 PM

Math Common Core ubderstanding for parents.

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Common Core Chat

Common Core Chat | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Join educators around the world on the discussion Common Core State Standads through a Twitter chat!

#CCSSChat is a bi-monthly chat. Discussion will be participant lead on votes prior to chat focusing on what we know, fear, and love about the new Common Core State Standards, as well as curriculum, trainings, and more.

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Literary vs. Informational Text: Balance

Literary vs. Informational Text: Balance | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Using Text Genre Brace Maps to Balance Informational Texts and Literature

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Janet Alvarez's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:54 AM

Good article that references the use of Thinking Maps.  The article also has a link which provides specific examples. 

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:33 PM

Strategies for balancing the following:

Literature: Stories, drama, and poetry. Realistic fiction and historical fiction fall into the literature category and do not qualify as informational text.Informational text: Predominantly follows an expository text structure rather than a narrative form and often includes print features, captions, tables of contents, indices, diagrams, glossaries, and tables. Although biographies and memoirs are informational in terms of their content, their narrative structure excludes them from being the predominant focus for instruction of informational text.
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Read Alouds and Increasing Comprehension

Read Alouds and Increasing Comprehension | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Read Alouds have had an important place in education and the lives of our students since Jim Trelease published his first book about read alouds in 1982 (more information about his work here).  Some other names that have been used to describe read alouds include:

  • Shared reading
  • Close reading
  • Cross text read aloud
  • Interactive read aloud
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:37 PM

THe importance of read alouds during instruction, the formats, and suggested strategies.

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State rethinks new end-of-grade school tests

State rethinks new end-of-grade school tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Complaints about new tests in subjects from science to civics have the State Board of Education reconsidering how to use the results and who will write future exams.
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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Students cringe when teachers mention annotation because they know it’s time-consuming, detail-oriented, and just plain boring.


At least that’s their initial impression. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this reaction at the beginning of many school years, when introducing and requiring annotations on student reading assignments. And I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing those same students automatically and joyfully annotate by the end of the school year.

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:45 PM

Every teacher should enhance their student's reading comprehension by using  annotations as a record of their thinking. If you’re thinking, make a record of it by writing down.

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The Tennessee Miracle

The Tennessee Miracle | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Although little overall change is detected, some states have made remarkable strides forward. Tennessee is the most outstanding example. Having been graded an F in every previous report, it made the astounding jump to a straight A in 2011. In 2007, the state of Tennessee recognized that its academic standards were much too lax and that schools were not encouraged to provide students with the skills necessary to compete in the modern job market. With the support of his state department of education and board of education, then governor Phil Bredesen led a concerted, highly publicized effort to revamp the state standards. As a result, state tests were made much more challenging and the percentage of students identified as proficient dropped from 90 percent or more to around 50 percent, a candid admission of the challenges the Tennessee schools faced. The remarkable transition in Tennessee shows that states are capable of dramatic reform when the political leadership is committed to focusing public attention on the problem."

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Tech Challenges take OK out of the #CommonCore game! What about other states?

Tech Challenges take OK out of the #CommonCore game! What about other states? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A recent Education Week article announced Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams. Only 15% of Oklahoma schools have the minimal infrastructure and computing devices eeded to participate in the PARCC Common Core Assessments. 

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Will 'the inconsistency in implementation occurring in states undermine the valuable standards?'

Will 'the inconsistency in implementation occurring in states undermine the valuable standards?' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I worry that the inconsistency in implementation occurring in states will undermine the valuable standards. It is clear that the Department of Education will not assume any leadership due to the politics of opposition to a national curriculum. The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are the best hope for consistent implementation, but the two organizations will fail if they do not assure that the unions are equal partners. It is clear to me that the more mistakes we see on implementation, the stronger the case is made for critics of Common Core State Standards.

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