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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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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.

Mel Riddile's insight:

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: "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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"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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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.

Mel Riddile's insight:

“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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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.

Mel Riddile's insight:

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