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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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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: Who’s Minding the Schools? | NYT

The Common Core: Who’s Minding the Schools? | NYT | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Are new standards really leveling the playing field? Or is the game prearranged so that many, if not most, of the players will fail?
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"Many of these “assessments,” as they are called, will be more rigorous than any in the past."

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Tackling Complex Text

Tackling Complex Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Up-Close Reading: Tackling Complex Text | Scholastic.com


Are your students ready to attack complex text and break it down for absolute understanding? They will be well on their way with these strategies!

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Deborah Sarmir's comment, June 9, 2013 12:59 PM
Great strategies for a much needed skill!
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Close reading strategies.

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Web-Based Platforms: Individualized Instruction and #CommonCore

Web-Based Platforms: Individualized Instruction and #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. LearnZillion is a free resource that provides teachers, parents and students with Common Core aligned lessons that focus on the use of  narrated video for instruction.
  2. TenMarks is a web based resource designed to help individualize learning as students work through interactive worksheets for assessment and access videos to learn concepts one step at a time.
  3. Learning Farm is a very simple Common Core aligned tool designed to provide individualized self-paced practice and assessment through the use of interactive quizzes and games.


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Cold Versus Warm Close Reading - Catherine Snow

Cold Versus Warm Close Reading - Catherine Snow | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Cold Versus Warm Close Reading: Stamina and the Accumulation of Misdirection

by Catherine Snow


"The tasks were more rigorous and more challenging than most students currently have access to, and undeniably would constitute a better preparation for the demands of college and the work place – if students can actually engage them. But if students find the tasks too difficult or too irrelevant to bother with, then the rigor will be of little value."

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The Busy Teacher's Quick Common Core Guide - Edudemic

The Busy Teacher's Quick Common Core Guide - Edudemic | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Though much of it is focused on the broader ideas of the Core Standards, we thought that a number of the statistics contained in this handy infographic / Common Core guide were interesting.
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Never too busy to learn...

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The Road to Equity - Expanding AP Access and Success for African-American Students

The Road to Equity - Expanding AP Access and Success for African-American Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. Offer a rigorous curriculum beginning in elementary grades
  2. Expand access to gifted programs
  3. Analyze student results on precursors to college entrance exams--like PSAT and EXPLORE--to identify potential AP students and actively recruit them to enroll in AP courses
  4. Provide extra academic and social support to students
  5. Dramatically increase the number of AP course offerings
  6. Offer additional teacher training and professional development
  7. Instill confidence in students about their college-going potential
  8. Educate parents about the benefits of AP
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Into the Common Core: One Classroom's Journey

Into the Common Core: One Classroom's Journey | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A veteran teacher finds it tough going to lead her students toward mastery of the common standards in English/language arts.
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Why are these new standards so important? Bill Frist

Why are these new standards so important?   Bill Frist | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Far too many U.S. teens leave high school unprepared for college — not to mention the job market


All students in Tennessee take the ACT test, but only 15 percent meet college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading, and science.

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Close Reading - Resources via Aspen

Close Reading - Resources via Aspen | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Close Reading Primer provides straightforward advice to practitioners and policymakers on how to use close reading to improve student achievement.

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Librarians and #CommonCore Implementation

Librarians and #CommonCore Implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

 As a former English major and avid book lover, I love the focus on fiction and non-fiction texts as part of the ELA standards. What does it mean in practice?

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"The prospects of children who don’t learn to read at grade level are terrifyingly bleak."

"The prospects of children who don’t learn to read at grade level are terrifyingly bleak." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Arun Ramanathan is executive director of The Education Trust–West, a statewide education advocacy organization


"...the prospects of children who don’t learn to read at grade level are terrifyingly bleak. As the curriculum increases in complexity, struggling readers fall further behind, placing them at risk of special education identification, tracking into lower-level coursework, failing to graduate and worse."

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Why Books, Newspapers and Magazines Are Still The Best Sources Of Information « Annie Murphy Paul

Why Books, Newspapers and Magazines Are Still The Best Sources Of Information « Annie Murphy Paul | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Figuring Out Accountability During the Common-Core Transition

Figuring Out Accountability During the Common-Core Transition | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


"The next couple of years will be rough going. That's no surprise to anyone who's been tracking the Common Core State Standards and waivers from key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act."

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Karla Luetzow's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:11 AM

This blog post summarizes the tough transitional period of Common Core. It suggests that state education departments do not punish schools for not making assessment standards during the transition. However, the blog argues that a quick transition to Common Core is essential.

 

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After reading this blog post, I could not agree more with its opinion of the Common Core transition. As we have seen in the school systems in Maryland, the shift to common core can be a big adjustment to not only the students but also the teachers.  I have seen first hand the struggle teachers and students are facing in preparation for the Common Core. In my America Counts mentoring program, one of the teachers has to miss school every two weeks to go to Common Core training. The students then are being taught by a substitute. It can be easily inferred that a substitute teacher is usually not as effective as the actual teacher. Therefore, students do not receive the same quality education due to the Common Core teacher training. Also, my EDCI280 teacher is still learning about Common Core standards. She has mentioned to me before that the state is not the most reliable communicator of the new standards. Therefore, she finds herself scrambling to try to fit in the Common Core standards in her lesson plans. Overall, many teachers believe Common Core may be effective in the future. However, transition is always difficult. It will take a few years for teachers to finalize lesson plans and learn how to teach the standards effectively. Overall, I agreed with this article. Teachers should not be punished during the Common Core transitional time. Instead, teachers should just focus on adjusting to Common Core and not have to worry about the repercussions of their students’ testing results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parents and Common Core: FAQ | National PTA

Parents and Common Core: FAQ | National PTA | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What are the Common Core State Standards? The CCSS are a set of internationally benchmarked K-12 educational standards to ensure every students’ college and career readiness in English language arts and mathematics. These standards increase rigor in every school, and provide clarity and consistency for what all students need to know once they graduate from high school. To date, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoan Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Anchorage, AK School District have voluntarily adopted CCSS.

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Computer-Adaptive Testing Weighed by Lawmakers

Computer-Adaptive Testing Weighed by Lawmakers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Computer-adaptive testing, designed to respond to students' answers and more accurately pinpoint their performance level, is gaining support in both chambers of Congress as lawmakers consider proposals to reauthorize No Child Left Behind.

"Adaptive tests are already being used in several states, including Delaware, Hawaii, and Oregon, and at least 20 states plan to use adaptive tests by 2014-15.

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Common Core State Standards: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

Common Core State Standards: What Every Teacher Needs to Know | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
With just a couple weeks left of school, most educators and students are ready for much needed breaks. But before we know it, summer will sail by and it’ll be back to the grind. With 2014 and the i...
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Paula A. Calabrese's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:48 PM

Food for thought for all of us...

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:45 PM

7 thiings every teacher need to do daily to prepare for CCSS..

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Common Core supporters back moratorium on new tests’ high stakes

Common Core supporters back moratorium on new tests’ high stakes | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Major education organizations say teachers and students aren't ready.
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Finding America's Missing AP and IB Students

Finding America's Missing AP and IB Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Education Trust

June 5, 2013


"Programs like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) are designed to provide high school students with challenging academic course work and a head start on a college education. But despite aggressive efforts to expand participation, there remain significant differences in the rates at which students from different racial and economic groups gain access."

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"Finding Missing AP and IB Students" is easy. Supporting those students to ensure success in college-level courses is the challenge!
Over an eight-year period, our school raised our IB participation from 15% to 48% maintaining a pass rate on IB exams of greater than 80%, this in a high-poverty school with over 70% ELL students. We were able to do this through 1) a school wide literacy initiative (one of the first and still considered to be a model in high school), 2) by continually seeking ways to increase student readiness through a system multi-tiered interventions, and 3) by providing support to students when they needed the support using programs like AVID.
I learned from experience that opening enrollment to AP or IB courses is only the beginning. Unfortunately, most schools stop there. However, I knew that providing access was easy and it was then that the real work began—building a pipeline of students prepared to succeed in those courses.
I was particularly interested in supporting under-resourced students whose parents could not afford tutors. After all, I was one of those poor kids when I was in high school. I wanted to do for them what their parents could not. I knew that these kids could do just as well as their middle class counterparts if they just had access to the same resources. I refer to these students as "under-resourced" because disadvantaged has become code for lack of ability, and these students do not lack ability.
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The Common Core Cooking Comparison

The Common Core Cooking Comparison | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In a piece about local implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Nan Austin of the Modesto Bee opens with an education-jargon-free—yet potentially divisive—explanation of how instruction is changing.
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I have used a culinary analogy. Instead of line cooks following recipes, we need our teachers to be master chefs, who orchestrate dining experiences.

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University presidents back Common Core

University presidents back Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The presidents of Idaho’s three public universities and Lewis Clark State College are backing Idaho’s Core Standards, which demands a rigorous education rooted in problem solving and critical thinking.

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Writing: Scaffolding and Gathering Evidence

Writing: Scaffolding and Gathering Evidence | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As an English teacher I have said, "Include evidence in your essay." more often than the Math teacher down the hall has said, "Show your work."

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Point-Counterpoint: Should Pennsylvania dump Common Core standards?

Point-Counterpoint: Should Pennsylvania dump Common Core standards? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core education standards — meant to align America's school districts around a set of subject-specific principles — are coming under increasing fire.
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