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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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Close Reading: Making a claim using two texts with similar themes | EngageNY

Close Reading: Making a claim using two texts with similar themes | EngageNY | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Grade 5 ELA Common Core Instruction: Making a claim using two texts with similar themes

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:31 PM

I've watched a number of the videos uploaded by various groups as a means to support close reading in the classroom. Some are okay but this one, in my opinion is excellent. Although it is fifth graders, the work they are doing and their willingness to do it would show a high school group proud! In other words, this video could easily be shown to upper level teachers as a model.

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Duncan: Common Core Isn’t The Only Set Of College- And Career-Ready Standards

Duncan: Common Core Isn’t The Only Set Of College- And Career-Ready Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan what academic standards besides the Common Core are college- and career-ready.


Duncan said..."Both Virginia and Minnesota have college- and career-ready standards and aren’t in common core. (Actually, Minnesota is a halfway state. It’s adopted common core in language arts, but not math.)"


It’s likely whatever Indiana ends up with will build on the nationally-crafted academic standards currently adopted by 45 states.

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Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing!

Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing. To clarify the difference between these words, let's look at their etymology (word origins). According to the dictionary, "analyze" means to break apart into essential elements. The opposite of analyze is synthesize, or put together. "Criticize" means to evaluate or make a judgment regarding the merits or faults. The opposite of criticize in one sense would be praise, or in another sense absence of judgment. Simply looking at the two definitions, it is glaringly obvious that two different skill sets are required. So why are they often lumped together? The dictionary definition of this answer would be a stupor of thought, or the condition of not thinking.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:04 AM

There are many types of thinking! It's extremely important to first recognize a variety, whether through Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy or another lens. Then students need opportunities to practice, practice, practice.

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Chiefs Group: No Moratorium on Common-Core Stakes

Chiefs Group: No Moratorium on Common-Core Stakes | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In a rebuttal to the AFT president's call for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for the common core, Chiefs for Change calls for holding fast to accountability.
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Student Motivation Matters: New ETS test on non-academic skills

Student Motivation Matters: New ETS test on non-academic skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Academic preparation isn’t the only factor in college readiness. Also helping to determine whether students get to (college) graduation are social behaviors, like whether they show up for class, engage with professors and make eye contact. A new assessment from the Education Testing Service (ETS) seeks to measure those non-academic variables.

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Students’ skill levels are assessed in four areas:

  1. commitment
  2. self-management
  3. social support
  4. academic (habits)



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The Common Core and Disadvantaged Students

The Common Core and Disadvantaged Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Marc Tucker addresses recent backlash against the Common Core State Standards and explains why they will benefit disadvantaged students.
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Career and College Skills Are Really the Same

Career and College Skills Are Really the Same | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Look at a job description that a company owner passed along to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in a piece he wrote about the paucity of trained American workers. The company owner was looking for a welder and was complaining about the quality of some who had applied:


"They could make beautiful welds," she said, "but they did not understand metallurgy, modern cleaning and brushing techniques" and how different metals and gases, pressures and temperatures had to be combined. Moreover, in small manufacturing businesses like hers, explained [Traci] Tapani, "unlike a Chinese firm that does high-volume, low-tech jobs, we do a lot of low-volume, high-tech jobs, and each one has its own design drawings. So a welder has to be able to read and understand five different design drawings in a single day ... I can't think of any job in my sheet metal fabrication company where math is not important. If you work in a manufacturing facility, you use math every day; you need to compute angles and understand what happens to a piece of metal when it's bent to a certain angle."

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With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More

With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Cathryn Berger Kaye and Maureen Connolly


We are all familiar with the idea of service in communities and service in schools. Service learning, however, has distinctive aspects that separate this pedagogy from what we often call “community service” or “project-based learning.” With high-quality service learning, students:

  • Increase academic rigor through relevance and application of content and skills
  • Participate in social analysis as they investigate an authentic community need, typically through action research using media, interviews, surveys, and observation 
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Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:40 AM

Interesting pedagogy that could increase higher-order thinking skills

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Would Arne Duncan Consider Calling for Pause in Common Core Stakes?

Would Arne Duncan Consider Calling for Pause in Common Core Stakes? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A spokesman for the U.S. Secretary of Education said federal officials are thinking through the concerns about high stakes tied to the common core "carefully."
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Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:48 AM

Glad to see officials are listening to concerned stakeholders-

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What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

NCEE has just released What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?, a study of the English Literacy and Mathematics required for success in the first year of community college. On May 7th, during a day-long meeting, key education and policy leaders joined NCEE to discuss the results of the study and its implications for community college reform, school reform, teacher education, the common core state standards, and vocational education and the workplace.

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Leveled vs. Complex Text: "A balance is needed."

Leveled vs. Complex Text: "A balance is needed." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In my own teaching practice, I felt that if I coaxed a non-reader to pick up a magazine or graphic novel or just about anything, I was succeeding. I tried to get them to fall in love with reading and learning by allowing them time to read whatever they wanted. I still believe offering such choices is important, but I have now come to understand that a balance is needed.

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"continuing education, re-training, and lifelong learning are the new reality"

"continuing education, re-training, and lifelong learning are the new reality" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Renee Moore The majority of high school graduates in America do not go to college, at least not directly.


"while almost 50 percent of four-year college graduates are unemployed, 60 percent of all nursing graduates in the U.S. come from the nation's community colleges. Add to them the dental hygienists, plumbers, electricians, heating and air conditioning technicians, auto mechanics, chefs, office workers, medical-equipment operators and technicians, cosmetologists, barbers, truck drivers, and machine handlers, just to name a few of the people on whom we rely daily, and we realize it's the traditional college route that should be called alternative."

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Danni Gohemi's comment, May 15, 2013 9:06 AM
Medical assistants, esp. male medical assistants are especially affected by the stigma of low status career you mention, Steve. Many medical assistants are largely underpaid in comparison to the pay rates in the nursing industry and medical technology. Medial assistants are essential to the medical office and how a doctor's practice is run, and more importantly, perceived and regarded by the community. Many earn just $9 - $10 per hour, full time, without any additional benefits.

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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's comment, May 16, 2013 2:15 AM
Danni, good point. It is interesting how social status plays a significant role in career decision making.
Danni Gohemi's comment, May 16, 2013 9:58 AM
... or gender.
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"The brain that does the work is the brain that does the learning." –David Sousa

"The brain that does the work is the brain that does the learning." –David Sousa | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post, we suggest asking Who is doing the work? as one lens for analyzing and evaluating Common Core lessons.
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Commonalities: Math, Science, ELA

Commonalities: Math, Science, ELA | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

http://nstahosted.org/pdfs/ngss/PracticesVennDiagram.pdf


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:13 AM

Love that someone is visually capturing the "habits of mind" Common Core Standards promulgate!

Sayles Yourhistoryteacher's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:18 PM

All courses must come together under common core, take note on how this is done

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Khan Academy to Focus on Common-Core Math With Private Grant

Khan Academy to Focus on Common-Core Math With Private Grant | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A $2.2 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust will help Khan Academy expand offerings to help teachers and students with the common-core math standards.
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All Virginia students to use computers for standardized tests

One of the few states not to adopt national standards, Virginia is leading the way in moving to online testing.
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Many underestimate the difficulties and challenges of moving to online assessments. Had I not personally experienced that transition, I would have no idea what needed to be done.


The Virginia transition to online testing has taken a full decade to successfully implement. Under the Common Core, states will make the transition in a single year.

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Céline Merchiers's curator insight, May 21, 2013 8:35 AM

Students in Virginia are using computers to take Standards of Learning test. By abandoning the nearly ubiquitous paper- and- pencil technique, these school save a lot of materials like paper and writing utensil. Next to that the information processing happens much quicker and is automated.

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What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins

What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What Close Reading Actually Means


Thus, what “close reading” really means in practice is disciplined re-reading of inherently complex and worthy texts.


As Tim Shanahan puts it in his helpful blog entry, “Because challenging texts do not give up their meanings easily, it is essential that readers re-read such texts,” while noting that “not all texts are worth close reading.”

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:55 AM

Close reading can be done very successfully through Socratic Seminar. The key is to have complex texts, interpretive questions and then unrelenting follow-up questions to dig deeper.

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Common Science Standards Face Capacity Issues

Common Science Standards Face Capacity Issues | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Investment needs for teacher training, curriculum materials, and assessments are likely to slow the pace of implementation.


One of the biggest issues, experts say, and a costly endeavor, is helping teachers deeply understand the vision for science education espoused by the standards and gain the knowledge and skills to effectively deliver on it.

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"Heard of the CCSS, but we aren’t prepared to use the standards in the classroom."

I think about how prepared I am to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I think about how to bridge Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education (CTE) together.

I work in a vocational high school as a CTE commercial art teacher. Most of my CTE colleagues and I have heard of the CCSS, but we aren’t prepared to use the standards in the classroom. In doing my own research, I learned that the mission statement for the CCSS Initiative is to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”

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What would the U.S. Department of Education (ED) like people to know about the testing consortia?

What would the U.S. Department of Education (ED) like people to know about the testing consortia? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Assessment 2.0 will need lots of work to get to version 2.1 and 2.2. States and districts will improve implementation as they learn from pilots and field tests. And teachers will play an absolutely critical role in providing the consortia feedback about what works and what doesn’t work.

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Why We Need Common Standards and Better Tests

It's easy to criticize tests but they represent this country's commitment to improving education for all students -- particularly the least well served. The Common Core is a big step forward and so are the tests that come with it.
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Vocabulary: SAT Vocabulary on Vocab Test.com

Vocabulary: SAT Vocabulary on Vocab Test.com | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
SAT vocabulary word test and practice using Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop to help at Vocab Test.com with SAT tests

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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whynot's curator insight, May 15, 2013 6:58 AM

De très bons tests tous niveaux, interface simple et clair (pas de pubs) - bons exercices... adaptables en sur mesure pour des projets spécifiques.

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Stern and Klein: Conservatives and the Common Core | WSJ

Stern and Klein: Conservatives and the Common Core | WSJ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Sol Stern and Joel Klein write that the curriculum standards adopted by 45 states require students to read America's Founding texts.


one of the most promising education initiatives of the past half century

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Common core per se has never been required by the feds for any grant or waiver

Common core per se has never been required by the feds for any grant or waiver | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Each of the 12 original Race to the Top states, plus the seven third-round winners, promised to adopt and implement the common core standards.
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