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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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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."

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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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PARCC Delays Some Assessment Components for One Year

PARCC Delays Some Assessment Components for One Year | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, will deliver three pieces of its suite of assessments by 2015-16, instead of 2014-15 as originally planned: diagnostic tests for grades 2-8, tests of speaking and listening skills, and assessment activities designed to gauge the skill levels of kindergarten and 1st graders, said Laura Slover, PARCC's senior vice president.

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Common Core Assessment Simulator

Common Core Assessment Simulator | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Common Core Assessment Simulator

  • Allows students and teachers to interact with digital content in both math and language arts.
  • Uses a variety of interactions including dragging-and-dropping, sorting, and highlighting.
  • Explains how students interact with the digital content, the big idea being assessed, for what grade level, and to what depth of knowledge.
  • Presents answers to assessment questions and offers opportunities for students to learn from mistakes.
  • Is not specifically aligned to any assessment targets, therefore, it should NOT be used to assess students' knowledge of the Common Core.
  • The Common Core Assessment Simulator is available for limited preview. To view all items in this program, a passphrase is required.Contact Us for more information.
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PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core

PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.
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Lowery Responds To Common Core Critics

Lowery Responds To Common Core Critics | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
WBAL Radio 1090 AM - Maryland Superintendent of Schools defends the Common Core curriculum which some critics say allows the state to compile personal information of students.
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Free open catalog of educational content aligned to the Common Core

Free open catalog of educational content aligned to the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

OpenEd Institute provides free access to over 120,000 videos and 80,000 educational games, searchable by keyword, grade and standard.

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Annette Moore's curator insight, June 27, 2013 1:08 PM

a resource with lots of potential. designed by grade and topics...lots of videos and games!

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:22 PM

Free acces with simple searching features that provides access to over 120,000 videos and 80,000 educational games, searchable by keyword, grade and standard.  The content was selected and tagged by a group of teachers throughout the U.S.  Teachers can mark their favorites and recommend the best resources for each standard..

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Focus on Instructional Shifts & People, Not Technology for Common-Core Implementation?

Focus on Instructional Shifts & People, Not Technology for Common-Core Implementation? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Preparing districts for the common core requires focusing on instructional shifts, rather than technology itself, panelists at an ISTE forum argued Monday.
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ISTE Announces Position on Common Core State Standards

ISTE Announces Position on Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recommends Implementation of Common Core in Concert With ISTE Standards for Learning, Teaching and Leading in the Digital Age.

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy, one mandated by the Common Core State Standards because of its many rewards: increased perspective-takin
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:10 PM

Quality discussion, according to the University of Washington's Center for Instructional Development and Research, involves purposeful questions prepared in advance, assessment, and starting points for further conversations. 

Carrie Pierce's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:07 AM

Rich, deep dialogue that you can assess

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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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How tutoring programs “fit” in the Common Core?

As a supplemental support for classroom instruction, tutoring companies are not just offering remediation programs, homework help, study skills, test prep and enrichment – they are also designing and implementing specific list of strategies and resources for their students to meet the challenging requirements set forth by the Common Core State Standards by 2014.

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Why the Common Core Is Good for Special Education Students

The CCSS in the hands of an effective educator will prepare our students for college and career.

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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:31 AM

Now there's a title many will take a second look at ...!

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Teacher of the Year: Georgia is going through its own growth spurt as we implement the Common Core

Teacher of the Year: Georgia is going through its own growth spurt as we implement the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Pam Williams is an Instructional Support Specialist for Grades 9-12 in Appling County High School in Georgia.


"Education before the standards allowed tremendous freedom to teach with deep focus and critical thinking, but this also came with an often disjointed curriculum and little accountability. Then our early standards and the first rounds of standardized testing came.  Teachers, myself included, struggled to find the balance of covering all of the standards in the given time while still providing opportunities for problem-solving and inquiry."

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Speaking of the Common Core ... Give Students Time to Talk

Speaking of the Common Core ... Give Students Time to Talk | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A teacher offers six suggestions for giving students purposeful practice in oral communication, a focus of the common standards.
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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:17 PM

It is important that students are provided with many opportunities to speak (and listen). Especially when planning lessons sometimes with scaffolding and even more spontaneous.

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All Students Can Meet the Deeper Learning Bar Set by Common Core

By Bob Wise


Teachers do not want to feel torn between teaching to state tests and preparing students for the world beyond school.

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The Six Instructional Shifts for ELA Common Core State Standards - Pearson

The Six Instructional Shifts for ELA Common Core State Standards - Pearson | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Good summary of the Shifts in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA).

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Close Reading + Visual Literacy=Pathways for Understanding

Close Reading + Visual Literacy=Pathways for Understanding | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Katie Cunningham, from Manhattanville College, discusses how to incorporate visual close reading in a curriculum.
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Mara Ofengender's curator insight, June 27, 2013 12:15 PM

REading close is an important skill for any kind of reading but it will help analyze scripts.  

Karen Ford's comment, July 10, 2013 3:29 PM
this is a great article... and one that I'll have my grad & undergrad students read.
lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:55 PM

Great strategies to help students any age with comprehension, resources,and lessons.

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USDoE Offers Flexibility On "Double-Testing" and Evaluations During Common Core Transition | NEA Today

USDoE Offers Flexibility On "Double-Testing" and Evaluations During Common Core Transition | NEA Today | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tim Walker


With the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) speeding up, states are faced with the prospect of having to “double-test” and use "high-stakes tests to evaluate teachers."

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