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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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Speaking and Listening (CCSS Goes Deep)

Speaking and Listening (CCSS Goes Deep) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards reach beyond reading and writing to address speaking and listening.  


Through the Literacy Design Collaborative, I'm seeing lots of potent work on these skills, with students becoming more able to do this work and teachers developing new insights into what further support and challenge students will need.

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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

Marc Tucker


Because about half of the high school graduates who go to college go to these institutions and because, of those who do, close to half go into programs designed to prepare them for careers and the other half goes into a program designed to enable them to transfer to four year colleges after two years.

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Michael John Maxson's curator insight, May 13, 2013 11:14 PM

Very interesting blog post on what is actually needed for "college readiness" as it applies to community colleges.

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Principals on Transitioning to College- and Career-Ready Standards

Principals on Transitioning to College- and Career-Ready Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

 Alliance For Excellent Education


May 2, 2013

Capital Hill Briefing


Participants
Mitchell Curry, Principal, Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School (McKinney, TX)
Lindsay Fryer, Professional Staff Member,
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce
Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, Senior K–12 Education Policy Advisor
U.S. Senate HELP Committee (majority staff)
Robbie Hooker, EdD, Principal, Clarke Central High School (Athens, GA)
Daniel Wiebers, Principal, Trenton R I-X High School (Trenton, MO)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education


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Common Core does not tell how to teach, and that makes some angry?

Common Core does not tell how to teach, and that makes some angry? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Say what you will about the Common Core authors, but for better or for worse, they were out to get things done, not get into debates, including the traditional debates over phonics.



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Have ELL Teachers Been Left Out Of the Common Core Conversation? #TESOL

Have ELL Teachers Been Left Out Of the Common Core Conversation? #TESOL | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“English language teachers have, for the most part, been treated as an afterthought in the discussions on the Common Core,” said TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson. “We held the convening to bring them into the conversation.”

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States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core (Implementation) Concerns

States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core (Implementation) Concerns | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
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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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Parent U: Lesson On New Common Core Standards

Parent U: Lesson On New Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The small group of parents hovered over a list of words, deciding where to sort “cloud,” “photosynthesis,” and “google.”  They paid particular attention to words indicating facts, evidence or conclusions.
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Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology

Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What exactly do the Common Core standards say about technology?
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Skills From High School Don't Match College Demands

Skills From High School Don't Match College Demands | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Expectations for first-year community college students are very low, and math requirements often don't match the kind of skills needed in most careers, says a new report.
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College-eligible does not equal college-ready!


Remember, there is no difference in the skills required to be college-ready and those required to be career-ready. Everyone does not need to go to college, but every student needs the skills that would prepare them to be college-ready.

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15 Wrong Ways to Implement the Common Core

1.  Don’t focus on kids.
Always remember why we do what we do.  Implementation of the Common Core with flying colors -- shiny curriculum, top-notch assessments, and even stellar instructional practices -- won’t mean anything if it’s not connected to your students.
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Wall Street Journal: Why We Should Love 'Common Core'

Wall Street Journal: Why We Should Love 'Common Core' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Edward Frenkel and Hung-Hsi Wu write that national standards can revive the way we teach math and science.

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Kentucky Common-Core Testing Snafus Upset Lawmakers

Kentucky Common-Core Testing Snafus Upset Lawmakers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Andrew Ujifusa covers state education policy for Education Week, from new legislation and trends to eye-catching political battles. He previously worked at newspapers in Maryland and Mississippi, and taught high school English in Japan.
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CCSS ELA Resources and Sample Lessons | Achieve the Core

CCSS ELA Resources and Sample Lessons | Achieve the Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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PARCC: 'We are on track' to meet testing deadlines

PARCC: 'We are on track' to meet testing deadlines | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As the deadline for Common Core implementation nears, several states including Florida are hedging their bets as to whether all the pieces will be ready on time.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:01 AM

This reiteration of the Fordham Institute blog on PARCC implementation demonstates that the Common Core Standards are moving from the back burner to toward the front burner in the minds of state politicos. Yes, now that the issue has the attention of the politicians, the heat is rising. 

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Common Core has teachers rushing to prepare

Common Core has teachers rushing to prepare | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core has teachers rushing to prepare,The clock is ticking on Common Core, and educators are rushing to learn how to effectively teach those new rigorous standards in the fall.
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Writing: Few high schools require writing and research

Writing: Few high schools require writing and research | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Jay Mathews

Washington Post


I often despair over the sorry state of writing and research in our high schools. Only private schools and public schools with the International Baccalaureate diploma program require research papers of significant length. Two million new high school graduates head to college every year — but only 10 percent, by my reckoning — have had to write a long paper or do a major project.

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"We are on schedule and ready to go." - Joe Willhoft, SBAC

"We are on schedule and ready to go." - Joe Willhoft, SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The SBAC consortium has posted minimum computing requirements and a bandwidth calculator that schools can use to measure capacity. It has also said that it would supply paper-and-pencil versions of the assessments for the first three years. Willhoft predicted that some schools in California may decide to do both in the transition, trying computer-based tests in some grades, paper and pencil in others. (The paper version will cost $10 to $12 per student more to administer.)

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PARCC Assessments: UDL and Accessibility Features

PARCC Assessments: UDL and Accessibility Features | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The PARRC, a standardized test aligned to the Common Core, includes embedded scaffolds and accessibility features “allowable for all students” (p.20) in addition to accommodations for students with disabilities. Taken together, these supports ensure the test is universally designed for everyone, which leaves no one behind.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:42 PM

Thank you Katie for addressing the UDL aspects of PARCC assessment in your blog. As far as special education students are addressed, teachers should not make any assumptions. A closer reading of the actual accommodations makes clear that some testing accommodations must be addressed in a student's IEP as well as part of day-to-day instruction. Teachers will need to verify what the IEP clearly states and what the assessment offers.

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Product Placement on New Common Core Test?

Product Placement on New Common Core Test? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old boy in New York details what he found so annoying about the new Common Core-aligned English test he and other students around the state just took.



Taken together:

  • the subjective and even nonsensical nature of questions and answers,
  • product placement,
  • more time-consuming test format

made the state assessments the most frustrating and unpleasant standardized test I have ever taken.

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Common Core: Meant to "change the diet of reading"

Common Core: Meant to "change the diet of reading" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In part three of ‘The Future of Common Core,’ Peg Tyre examines the controversial shift in how kids will be taught reading and writing.
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Education "forced to deal with so much change at once" - A Perfect Storm

Education "forced to deal with so much change at once" - A Perfect Storm | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Rapid change in education—and society—has intensified the debate to a level not seen since the battles over school desegregation.


Not since the battles over school desegregation has the debate about public education been so intense and polarized, observers say, for rarely before has an institution that historically is slow to change been forced to deal with so much change at once.



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"Rarely before has an institution that historically is slow to change been forced to deal with so much change at once."

  1. Common Core Standards
  2. New Accountability Systems
  3. Dramatic Increase in Testing
  4. New Teacher Evaluation Systems
  5. Rapidly Changing Demographics
  6. Technological Innovation
  7. Tight Budgets
  8. Corporate-Driven Reforms
  9. Agenda-Driven Philanthropy
  10. Global Competition
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To Close the 'Opportunity Gap,' We Need to Close the Vocabulary Gap

To Close the 'Opportunity Gap,' We Need to Close the Vocabulary Gap | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
We need to stop having these extreme arguments, between "No excuses!" on one side and "It's all about poverty!" on the other. Poverty matters immensely. Schools matter immensely. Let's get on with addressing both.
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Does UDL Align With Common Core?

Does UDL Align With Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recently, a number of teachers and administrators have asked me if UDL aligns to the Common Core. The answer is unequivocally yes. UDL is built upon principles of effective instruction, or “the Guidelines,” which embody the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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Will a Year's Delay Save the Common Core? A Response to Weingarten's Proposal

Will a Year's Delay Save the Common Core? A Response to Weingarten's Proposal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"I do not share her (Randi Weingarten) optimism that this additional time will do more than forestall the disaster these tests will be for our schools."

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Month-by-Month CCSS Implementation Focus | Broward County

Month-by-Month CCSS Implementation Focus | Broward County | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

May 2013 - Academic Vocabulary

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