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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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Fifty Shades of the Common Core for ELA: Revised

This is a revised version of my original Fifty Shades of the Common Core presentation. - by Jennifer Jones
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Close Readings of Complex Text - Part 1

Close Readings of Complex Text - Part 1 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I went into the day thinking there was no other way to teach all students texts of great complexity other than through read-alouds
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"With such a big focus on Tier 2 vocabulary in the Common Core, we knew we needed to ramp up our vocabulary instruction of Tier 2 words.  Remember that we've been using the Marzano 6-step process for the last three years to teach content specific words from math, science and social studies."

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Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, LA to Delay Textbook Adoption

Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, LA to Delay Textbook Adoption | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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"Superintendent John White said in an interview that state reviewers found that the textbooks generally didn't adequately match the skills measured in preliminary tasks unveiled by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two testing consortia designing exams aligned to the common standards."

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#CCSS "are absolutely clear on the central role that fiction plays...in the ELA classroom,” David Coleman

#CCSS "are absolutely clear on the central role that fiction plays...in the ELA classroom,” David Coleman | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The president of the College Board defends the role of non-fiction reading in Common Core curricula in an in-depth conversation with radio host Kurt Andersen. He insists fiction will not get short shrift under the new guidelines.
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"According to Coleman, the majority of time in English classes will still be spent on fiction – drama, literature, narrative fiction, and poems. “The only thing that changes is that there’s some portion of time spent on high-quality literary nonfiction,” he said."

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Helping Students Navigate Informational Texts > Eye On Education

Helping Students Navigate Informational Texts > Eye On Education | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards call for big increase in the amount of time spent on informational texts. This is a huge shift for teachers who are ...
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Adjust your lessons so that students are doing more of the work

Adjust your lessons so that students are doing more of the work | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Who is Doing the Work?
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State collaboration on assessments: "a clear strategy for achieving cost savings without compromising test quality."

State collaboration on assessments: "a clear strategy for achieving cost savings without compromising test quality." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Throughout the country, student performance on standardized tests is increasingly being used to measure the quality of education provided by teachers and schools.
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25 more states draft definition of college readiness

25 more states draft definition of college readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


Twenty-five states have taken a big step toward designing a shared assessment: They've drafted an initial definition of what college readiness means, and descriptions of the skills and knowledge students must demonstrate at each step of the way toward that goal.


Released today, the college-readiness definition and the descriptors of achievement on each level of the test are part of the work of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two federally funded groups of states that are designing assessment systems for the Common Core State Standards.

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Achievement Level Descriptors and College Readiness from SBAC

Achievement Level Descriptors and College Readiness from SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Achievement level descriptors (ALDs) articulate the knowledge, skills, and processes expected of students at different levels of performance on the Smarter Balanced assessments.


Smarter Balanced is developing an integrated suite of ALDs aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment claims in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.



Draft initial ALDs were developed in October 2012 by K-12 teachers and administrators and higher education faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities representing Smarter Balanced Governing States. The ALDs are linked to an operational definition of college readiness, as well as a policy framework to guide score interpretation for high schools and colleges.

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Common Standards are a big boon to Innovation?

Common Standards are a big boon to Innovation? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tom Vaner Ark


1. CCSS and the shift to digital are coincident and complementary.

2. CCSS are producing in big investment in digital content.

3. Data standards will help.

4. Common Core is boosting equity.

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District Leader Fact Sheet- Montana Common Core Standards

Fact sheet for school and district leaders on the Common Core State Standards.


Via Cynthia Green
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Resources for each of the High School #CommonCore Math Standards

Resources for each of the High School #CommonCore Math Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core - poliquinmath.net


An index and link page for a series of documents I am creating that present content for the High School Common Core Content Standards.

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Daniel Willingham on "In Praise of Tests"

Daniel Willingham on "In Praise of Tests" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. Students enjoy mental activity
  2. Background knowledge is critical for higher thought
  3. Knowledge, not memorization, is a necessary precondition for understanding. It is "more desirable that the to-be-learned material is embedded in some interesting activity, so that the student will be likely to remember it as a matter of course."
  4. "Exams seldom call for the creative deployment of knowledge. Instead, they call for the straightforward recall of knowledge. That's because it's very difficult to write exams that call for creative responses, yet are psychometrically reliable and valid."
  5. Students might "gain pleasure of overcoming a formidable obstacle that you were not sure you could surmount."
  6. Goal - rich content interwoven with a demand for critical thinking, delivered in a way that motivates kids.
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Close Reading of Complex Text - Part 2

Close Reading of Complex Text - Part 2 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
We need to rethink the "complex text" delivery of our teaching and outcome expectations of student learning around complex text."
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Assessments: SBAC "dramatically reduced the length" to 8.5 hours

Assessments: SBAC "dramatically reduced the length" to 8.5 hours | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Smarter Balanced consortium will present only one performance task each in math and literacy, in addition to multiple-choice and other items.
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From an original design that included multiple, lengthy performance tasks, the test has been revised to include only one performance task in each subject—mathematics and English/language arts—and has been tightened in other ways, reducing its length by several hours.


The final blueprint of the assessment, approved by the consortium last week now estimates it will take

  • 7 hours in grades 3-5
  • 7½ hours in grades 6-8
  • 8½ hours in grade 11
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Guidance Counselors Underutilized

Guidance Counselors Underutilized | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Counselors are tasked with clerical duties, stealing their focus from student achievement, experts say.
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"Nearly 70 percent of high school counselors say they are tasked with administrative and clerical duties, according to a report released Wednesday by the College Board."


Counselors can't effect change from behind their desks, says Peggy Hines, director of the Education Trust's National Center for Transforming School Counseling.


"They really need to be out of their office … teaming and collaborating to help the school better meet student needs," Hines says. "That means that school counselors are leaders and advocates, who use data to help the school figure out where, really and truly, they need to focus their school reform efforts and school improvement projects."


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What it Means to be Career Ready

What it Means to be Career Ready | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Tools for Everyday Research

Tools for Everyday Research | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Why do so many students choose Wikipedia when asked to find information on the Internet? I believe the answer is that Wikipedia is like the McDonalds of the Internet, you can always find it and you know what you’re going to get.
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Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - @soxnevad

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Standardized Testing Costs States a quarter of 1% of total K-12 spending

Standardized Testing Costs States a quarter of 1% of total K-12 spending | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
States spend, on average, $34 per student on assessment, according to a national study released by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy.
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Standardized-testing regimens cost states some $1.7 billion a year overall, or a quarter of 1 percent of total K-12 spending in the United States, according to a new report on assessment finances.

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Professional Development Needs: #CommonCore and Reading Assessment

Professional Development Needs: #CommonCore and Reading Assessment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
On the common core and reading, critical teacher-professional-development questions must be asked, Breyette Lorntz says.
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By Breyette Lorntz


Professional-development needs among teachers implementing the common core include training on the following:


  • literacy assessment
  • technology skills
  • practical learning experiences oriented toward the new standards
  • assessments
  • time for professional collaboration
  • a teacher-leader in each school
  • continuous networking between teachers
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Approaching implementation of CCSS with a light-switch change approach.

Approaching implementation of CCSS with a light-switch change approach. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Implementing Common Core is an adaptive change.


Light-switch changes are carefully orchestrated and designed, and occur with the flip of a switch.


Long-term, adaptive change requires learning and adaptation, typically over a long period of time, because the problem, solution, and means to implementation are unclear and frequently evolve and mutate with progress toward the goal.



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Special Education Leaders To Discuss Aligning IEPs to the Common Core

Special Education Leaders To Discuss Aligning IEPs to the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

...During Free PresenceLearning Webinar


December 11, 2012 webinar addresses the shift in special education services for districts implementing the Common Core...

  • Identify the shift in language required to align with the Common Core.
  • Review a guiding framework for writing IEPs with CCSS-aligned goals and objectives.
  • Recognize a CCSS-aligned IEP for primary and middle school grades.
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Argumentative Writing and Developing Writers: Grade 7

Argumentative Writing and Developing Writers: Grade 7 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

DR. DEB GOLLNITZ


Meeting the Common Core


"There is clear differentiation between writing argument and writing persuasion, and the Common Core State Standards emphasize this difference.


Developing writers, particularly in middle level grades, have difficulty separating the purposes of these two modes."



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National Teacher of the Year Plugs #CommonCore Test Alignment

National Teacher of the Year Plugs #CommonCore Test Alignment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki


What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items


CCSSO hosted a webinar with 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items in English language arts.


Using the Common Core State Standards assessments to inform instruction won’t be so difficult because the exams match what English teachers already do — teach text analysis, said 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki.


Mieliwocki, a middle school English teacher, admits having concerns about students’ readiness for writing argumentatively, but gives high marks to the assessment samples recently released by the two consortia that are developing them to test what students are already taught.

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Filling the “Skills Gap”: Jobs available, but qualified workers are not.

Filling the “Skills Gap”: Jobs available, but qualified workers are not. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“We have employers who are ready to hire workers right now – if the workers have the skills that the employers need – and we have workers in large number, both employed and unemployed who want these jobs but lack the skills and education level to access them.


At a current unemployment rate near 9% in the region, we have over 40,000 unemployed workers, many of whom are not currently equipped with skills to meet the needs of our employers for the openings they have.”

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