College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
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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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The Common Core is Only the Beginning of Needed Changes: "schools must have the capacity and the mission to fill the gap"

The Common Core is Only the Beginning of Needed Changes: "schools must have the capacity and the mission to fill the gap" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"low-income parents have neither the funds nor the connections to make these opportunities available. As such, our public schools must have the capacity and the mission to fill the gap. They must take the lead in providing students a 21st century education to climb out of poverty."

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Gooru Adds a Common Core Standards-Based Search Tool

Gooru Adds a Common Core Standards-Based Search Tool | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Andrew 's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:11 AM

Free App that seems worthwhile, I cannot say that I have personally used it though.

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Close Reading Exemplars

Close Reading Exemplars | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

achievethecore.org

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Joan Cansdale's curator insight, May 30, 2013 8:37 PM

Very detailed teaching plans along with annotated texts for close reading. 

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State Chiefs: Common Core Requires Flexibility, Not a Pause

State Chiefs: Common Core Requires Flexibility, Not a Pause | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of Chief State School Officers says it needs flexibility from federal officials to manage the common core transition.
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"A once-in-a-generation opportunity...to improve public schools"

"A once-in-a-generation opportunity...to improve public schools" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

New York Times

Editorial Board

May 27, 2013


"give states the flexibility to refrain from penalizing schools or teachers based on the test data for at least a year, until an evaluation system for the Common Core is validated. This would only be common sense."


"...need to give the states some flexibility so that teachers — who themselves are under pressure to meet evaluation standards — can adjust to the new curriculum."


The Common Core..."will require states to change just about everything: curriculum, principal and teacher training, textbooks. At the same time, agreements that most states have made with the Department of Education will require them to institute teacher and school evaluation systems that take student test scores into account, based on year-to-year progress."

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Math: Common Core Modules | EngageNY

Math: Common Core Modules | EngageNY | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Connecting the Standards for Mathematical Practice to the Standards for Mathematical Content

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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom

Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I'd share a few handouts that I've been using in class this year to teach nonfiction reading skills in my sixth grade science classroom.


Each lesson is tied directly to a standard in the Common Core Literacy in History, Science and Technical Subjects

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Richard Krause's curator insight, July 7, 2013 11:23 PM

Super important skill for secondary success.  Glad to see an emphasis on it in the Common Core

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 4:36 PM

Nonfiction strategies that include close reading.

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Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim!

Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

First Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Minnesota. 


As reported by Education Week, State Online Testing Problems Continue to Raise Concerns. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/03/30testing.h32.html?r=946252590


Now Virginia!


The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County Schools (Virginia) acknowledged “significant problems” administering the state standards of learning tests. In one of the nation's largest school districts, thousands of the 41,975 tests administered on Thursday alone are affected and results called into question.

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Self-proclaimed school reform experts continue to underestimate the challenges in moving so rapidly from paper to online tests! Their arrogance and lack of respect for educators is reflected in their repeated refusals to ask anyone who has actually made such a transition. Obviously, they are afraid they may get an answer they don't want to hear.


Keep in mind:


  • This school district has a decade of experience with online testing. What will happen in states with no experience?
  • These tests are barriers to graduation.
  • Teachers will still be held accountable for the results.


While online testing is the way to go, I have been warning everyone that it takes a few years to work out the glitches when transitioning from paper tests to online testing. I should know because I learned this through experience in a state with eleven high-stakes EOC exams at the high school level that were barriers to graduation. We had four years to make the full transition and it was still a huge task. Doing this in one year is a recipe for disaster.

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Les Howard's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:51 AM

Worth reading Mel Riddle's comment.

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Math Specialists Get Ready Now: Common Core Assessments Are Coming

Math Specialists Get Ready Now: Common Core Assessments Are Coming | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Skip Fennell, Jon Wray, and Beth Kobett (who was absent for this presentation) are the leads on the Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders Project. As the name implies, the focus ...
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Math Resources:



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Math: "What you test is what you get (WYTIWYG)."

Math: "What you test is what you get (WYTIWYG)." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

[Alan Schoenfeld] Meeting the Challenges of Common Core Standards


He explained that what you test is what you get (WYTIWYG).


Current tests are skill-oriented but Common Core demands more, which it tries to explain with the mathematical process standards. He says that of course content matters (obviously students have to learn the skills of math), but that the real action is in the practices. You can’t just put these on a list and check them off.

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Report: Professional Development Needs Reform To Support Common Core -- THE Journal

An organization that focuses on advancing professional development for educators has said that it's time for state education leaders to reform their training efforts to address the transition to the Common Core State Standards.
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D.C. faces an "especially steep climb as it implements new standards."

D.C. faces an "especially steep climb as it implements new standards." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The District of Columbia has devoted many resources to the standards, resulting in hopes, frustrations, and the knowledge that changes are necessary.


"The district has done this more comprehensively than most places in the country," says Michael D. Casserly, the executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which analyzed the district's emerging common-core program. "DCPS is in full tilt, whole-hog."


"Mr. Casserly's report pointed out a pivotal trickle-down challenge facing the district as it puts the common core into practice: "how the reforms conceived at the central-office level are put into place in schools and classrooms." Also daunting: the "significant" amount of professional development teachers need and the "enormous gaps" in students' skills and knowledge."

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CCSS writing: "How will students handle the rigor?"

CCSS writing: "How will students handle the rigor?" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Computer adaptive tests produced by Smarter Balance will test students in four categories for English Language Arts. They will be expected to demonstrate mastery on reading, writing, and speaking/listening and research/inquiry tasks.

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Teachers Prioritize Literacy from Math to History | District Administration Magazine

News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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Practice and Pilot Tests | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Practice and Pilot Tests | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests provide an early look at sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The release of the Practice Tests follows the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test, the first large-scale tryout of items and performance tasks, conducted February – May 2013.

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Building Common Ground for the Common Core

Building Common Ground for the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Jefferson County Board member Debbie Wesslund writes about the Common Core and choosing progress.
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New N.C. exams test teachers – in more ways than one

New N.C. exams test teachers – in more ways than one | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Students across North Carolina are taking a raft of new state exams, but their teachers are the ones being graded.
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Integrating UDL into Planning and Assessment

Integrating UDL into Planning and Assessment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Framing lessons through the lens of the Universal Design for Learning isn't about more time so much as it is about more strategic thinking, says Elizabeth Stein.
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Math Resources from Common Core Conversation

Math Resources from Common Core Conversation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core Conversation
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Sue Thuma's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:23 PM

An amazing list of mathematics resources...

Sonya Tokerud Hoelscher's curator insight, May 27, 2013 5:51 PM

Amazing resources!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, May 27, 2013 8:21 PM

Great list of math resources :-)

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Common Core and ELLs: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Common Core and ELLs: An Interdisciplinary Approach | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
With so much to cover in one short (though it may not always feel like it) school year, one way to ensure students are well rounded and still working within the CCSS is through an interdisciplinary approach.
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Heritage Middle's curator insight, May 28, 2013 12:08 PM

A team approach to learning.

Max Arias's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:31 PM

A new perspective for educating 

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Let us do our work!

Let us do our work! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Speaking at an event sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers(CCSSO) incoming Council President, Kentucky Education Commissioner, Terry Holiday, had some choice words for school reformers and Common Core detractors.

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“Give us something better or get out of the way and let us do our work.” - Terry Holliday
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Mathematics Assessment Project

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What is the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)?


The Mathematics Assessment Program (MAP) aims to bring to life the Common Core State Standards (CCSSM) in a way that will help teachers and their students turn their aspirations for achieving them into classroom realities. MAP is a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The team works with the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and school systems across the US and UK to develop improved assessment

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ACT says "Aspire" is a Plan B for Common Core Assessments

ACT says "Aspire" is a Plan B for Common Core Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.
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Is College For Everyone?

Is College For Everyone? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Jay Mathews


How do you prepare a child for the working world? Experts say the same courses, skills are needed.

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“Technology has driven up the complexity of virtually all professions to the point that there is no difference between the skills needed to be college-ready and those needed to be career-ready,” said Mel Riddile, a former national high school principal of the year from Northern Virginia who is now an associate director at the National Association of Secondary School Principals."


“College is not for everyone, of course,” said Andrew Rotherham, a national education policy expert who served on the Virginia state school board. “But post-secondary of some sort clearly is. The data are very clear on why a high school degree, and especially a GED, can’t be a terminal degree for someone in today’s economy.”


"The college option has to be left open, because young people often change their minds about their futures."


"...one of the guarantees of effective vocational training are the industry certifications issued to students who have completed courses monitored by experts."


Many high school vocational programs were once dumping grounds for low-income minority kids thought incapable of preparing for college.That has changed, Riddile said. “The texts with the most difficult reading levels in high schools today are the career and technical education textbooks.”

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