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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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Support Videos for the Common Core State Standard in Mathematics

Support Videos for the Common Core State Standard in Mathematics | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the CCSS.


The videos were created in collaboration with the states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center region based on their needs for professional development support for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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Let History Not Repeat Itself: Overcoming Obstacles to the Common Core’s Success

Let History Not Repeat Itself: Overcoming Obstacles to the Common Core’s Success | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"If the implementers of the Common Core take a hard look at the past, they will find not only potential pitfalls but also some research guidance for the path ahead."


This ES Select identifies five big obstacles to the Common Core’s success

  1. assessments
  2. performance levels
  3. accountability
  4. teachers
  5. technology


...with essential lessons that policymakers must consider as the Common Core unfolds.

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No one stepping up to pay for costs of online assessments

No one stepping up to pay for costs of online assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
It could costs tens of millions of dollars for Tennessee school districts to upgrade outdated technology infrastructure in time for new online assessments in the 2014-15 school year.
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Jay McTighe on The Promises and Challenges of the Common Core

EL editor in chief Marge Scherer talks with Jay McTighe about the promises and challenges of the Common Core State Standards.
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Librarians and the Common Core | School Library Journal

Librarians and the Common Core | School Library Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Rashmi Moghe's comment, June 17, 2013 5:09 AM
A collection of articles from School library journal, where school librarians are essential participants of the common core initiative.
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States nervous about new Common Core curriculum standards

States nervous about new Common Core curriculum standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
eSchool News

The standards are designed to be more rigorous and to encourage deeper critical thinking skills—but implementing them poses a challenge.

“Generally, most of the states are in the information sharing and training stage with their teachers." Chris Minnich, CCSSO

In Kentucky this year, the percentage of elementary and middle school students who rated proficient or better on statewide math and reading tests declined by about a third.

National tests linked to the Common Core curriculum standards will be released in 2014, and Minnich thinks many states will see dramatic changes that school year. But education experts say those changes won’t be easy—and states might see a pushback from parents.
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Common Core Illinois

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Common Core Illinois provides information and resources about the Common Core State Standards to the parents and educators of Illinois.
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Achieving the Common Core | Achieve

Achieving the Common Core | Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Achieve has developed materials to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards.
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Teachers (80%) say they don’t feel prepared to teach new Common Core

Teachers (80%) say they don’t feel prepared to teach new Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers across the city do not feel adequately trained to prepare students for upcoming state exams aligned with new, more rigorous standards called Common Core, according to a survey conducted last month by the United Federation of Teachers.
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"Walter Rendon, a teacher at Public School 24 in Riverdale, said adjusting his curriculum four months before exams is difficult.


“It was not made clear that this was the new way we were going to be teaching,” Rendon said. “When someone says core standards are great because it offers a strong way for students to think, that may be true, but you need to make sure teachers are capable of doing that.”

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Tests will focus more narrowly within math and ELA than had originally been envisioned

Tests will focus more narrowly within math and ELA than had originally been envisioned | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Catherine Gewertz
Education Week
December 14, 2012

PARCC pared back its plans to produce diagnostic and formative assessment tools because it had to use more of its available funding to create summative tests...primarily because (the) priority was and continues to be delivering world-class summative assessments."
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We're achieving success for all students

We're achieving success for all students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Mitchell D. Chester
Massachusetts Commissioner of Education

Newly released international test scores place Massachusetts among the world leaders in eighth grade mathematics and science achievement.

On the heralded TIMSS assessment, Massachusetts eighth graders trail only their peers in Singapore in science achievement. In math achievement, Massachusetts eighth graders trail only their peers in four leading Asian countries.
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Assessment: How to Keep All of Huck Finn in the Classroom

Assessment: How to Keep All of Huck Finn in the Classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core’s standards weigh in on the side of classics. The language in the document is unambiguous: “The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.”
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According to the author, test developers can create two tests:

  1. a general test of reading skills that meets bias stipulations and ignores Common Core’s literary-historical standards
  2. a test on literary-historical knowledge, including open questions that make students draw on Twain, Shakespeare, ancient myths, Edith Wharton and so on.
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Wall-to-Wall IB schools for Chicago

Wall-to-Wall IB schools for Chicago | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Wall-to-Wall IB schools will get kids to college, but many could end up on vocational track

But what the mayor and schools CEO have not said is that a good percentage of students in Chicago’s new wall-to-wall IB schools could actually end up in a new and untested International Baccalaureate technical education track—not in the IB Diploma Programme researchers have lauded for its success at getting low-income minority kids into selective colleges.
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International Tests Spark Questions on Finland's Standing

International Tests Spark Questions on Finland's Standing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"If Finland were a state taking the 8th grade NAEP, it would probably score in the middle of the pack,"

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Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Action Brief for Secondary School Leaders

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Action Brief for Secondary School Leaders | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Common Core "could help create a common market for innovative instructional models" - Michael Horn

Common Core "could help create a common market for innovative instructional models" - Michael Horn | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reihan Salam writes on NRO



"I’m a proponent of states adopting Common Core state standards that are fewer, clearer, and higher in part because of the innovation their adoption could seed through the creation of a common market. Having common standards across the country could begin to reward content providers that target the long tail of learners because they would help to aggregate demand across the country, as opposed to what happens today where those providers that tailor their offerings to different and idiosyncratic state standards, for example, are rewarded." - Michael Horn

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Delaware and Kentucky: Two Different Approaches to Deconstructing the Common Core ELA Standards

Delaware and Kentucky: Two Different Approaches to Deconstructing the Common Core ELA Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"I commend the efforts of each state that my blog examines and offer these up to you as individual teachers and/or school districts to become templates for something more inclusive. That, I believe is their very purpose. One state cannot define for all teachers either within its own border much less beyond what precisely needs to be taught in each and every classroom."

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NEA, AFT, SAP Partner To Build Common-Core Tools

NEA, AFT, SAP Partner To Build Common-Core Tools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Education Week
By Catherine Gewertz

The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers to build the tools and post them on Student Achievement Partners' website.
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Common Core actually saves money!

Common Core actually saves money! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Audit finds much lower costs than expected for Common Core State Standards in reading and math / LJWorld.com

"Implementing the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math will cost school districts an estimated $32 million to $60 million over the next five years, mainly to pay for new textbooks and teacher training, according to a Legislative Post Audit report released Thursday.

Meanwhile, the report noted, the Kansas State Department of Education will probably save about $9 million over that time, compared with what it would have spent if it had developed new reading and math standards in-house.

That is significantly lower than estimates from two national studies — one by the Pioneer Institute and another by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute — that estimated the costs in Kansas at $100 million to $180 million."

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The weak critique of Common Core’s approach to great literature

The weak critique of Common Core’s approach to great literature | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Kathleen Porter-Magee
December 14, 2012

Those with a serious interest in improving English language arts in American schools would do better to spend time highlighting the kinds of texts that are actually recommended by the Common Core rather than perpetuating misinformation and dripping with malice.
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Vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning - Tech Integration Tools

Vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning - Tech Integration Tools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Research shows that vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning, therefore requires attention in the classroom. With the shifts of the Common Core, students need to spend time learning both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in a variety of ways.
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Definitely worth taking a look at!

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The LRMI... for Finding Common Core Resources

The LRMI... for Finding Common Core Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) - Launched in June 2011 and co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, the LRMI is working to create and implement a standard tagging specification for learning resources that enables alignment to learning standards, such as the Common Core..
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Math Testing Transformed: Two Challenges

Math Testing Transformed: Two Challenges | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Charlotte Observer
December 13, 2012

One challenge is obvious: An item like this is much harder to grade than a bubble-sheet that can be whipped through a computer scanner.

Another is more subtle: Many students are weaker in reading than math, so they may struggle with math problems that require extensive reading and writing.
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Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Vocabulary Strategies That Work: Do This—Not That!
by Lori Wilfong

Packed with engaging, research-based, classroom-ready strategies for teaching vocabulary.
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Cheryl Frose's curator insight, December 15, 2012 11:29 PM

Things to remember...

SimonFisher's curator insight, September 5, 2013 3:22 PM

How come I haven't found this earlier?