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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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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Thousands fail high school math finals in "high-performing" district

Thousands fail high school math finals in "high-performing" district | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recently released figures show the following failure rates:

  • Geometry - 62 percent for high school students taking the county’s geometry final and
  • Algebra 2 - 57 percent for those taking the Algebra 2 exam.
  • Algebra 1 - 61% failed the exam
  • Honors Failures - Among students taking the same courses on the honors level, 30 percent to 36 percent failed the end-of-semester tests in January, according to data from the school system.
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Slowing Down to Speed Up | Kati Haycock

Slowing Down to Speed Up | Kati Haycock | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Kati Haycock

President, The Education Trust


"The ambitions of national and state leaders to get all of our students "college and career ready" have raced far ahead of our ability to support the simultaneous transformation of multiple parts of the system."

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Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core Concerns

Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core 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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The Common Core Standards: a Defense

The Common Core Standards: a Defense | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"There is no Nebraska algebra or Virginia reading. 


There is little disagreement about what constitute good outcomes in reading writing and math, yet by allowing the states to define those outcomes, place them willy-nilly in different grades, and test for them idiosyncratically we put students in a mobile society at a great disadvantage."

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Online Testing Problems Emerge in Indiana, Other States

Online Testing Problems Emerge in Indiana, Other States | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Technological breakdowns are plaguing statewide assessments in Indiana, not long after testing woes surfaced in Minnesota and Oklahoma.
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Is Race to the Top "NCLB on steroids"?

Is Race to the Top "NCLB on steroids"? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
AERA: Duncan Faces Critics on Student Testing

"Arnold Dodge, (shown in the photo) an assistant education professor at C.W. Post campus of Long Island University who was part of the protest groups and invited to ask a question, snapped a follow-up to Baker: He argued that Race to the Top is "NCLB on steroids" and its test-based accountability "is destroying the joy, the spontaneity" of teaching and learning. He asked Duncan if he would commit to putting a moratorium on test-based accountability until new standards and tests were in place."

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AFT: Halt All High Stakes Linked to Common Core

AFT: Halt All High Stakes Linked to Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Randi Weingarten argues that no high-stakes decisions based on the common core should be made about students, teachers, or schools until adequate support has been provided.
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So what is close reading?

So what is close reading? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"If you came into our classes and asked our students what close reading is, what they’d probably describe is something that can be boiled down to this: the careful interpretation of a text wherein which readers pay close attention to the way ideas unfold as they read. Often, this involves annotating texts for the sake of slowing ourselves down and recording our thinking so that we can do cool stuff with what you read."

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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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Writing: Inform, Argue, and Analyze | CCSS ELA Module

Writing: Inform, Argue, and Analyze | CCSS ELA Module | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

California Common Core State Standards: Professional Learning Modules

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Standards equip students to succeed in a global economy

Standards equip students to succeed in a global economy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In Tennessee, only 16 percent of high school graduates are prepared for college.
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Common Core Lifts Chances

There is really just one main question for the throngs of upset parents who have spoken out against the Common Core State Standards at public meetings over the past week:

Where have they been until now?

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Common Core could have far-reaching effects on higher education

Common Core could have far-reaching effects on higher education | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core...could 

  • transform dual enrollment programs
  • transform placement tests
  • transform remediation
  • could force colleges within state systems, and even across states, to agree on what it means to be "college ready," and to work alongside K-12 to help students who are unprepared for college before they graduate from high school
  • force changes in credit-bearing courses too, to better align with what students are supposed to have mastered by high school graduation



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The ABCs of the Common: Where we need Balance

The ABCs of the Common: Where we need Balance | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Here are a few areas that keep surfacing as places we need to focus on balance:


  • Decoding and negotiating the print vs. reading for meaning.

  • Connecting to text vs. text-based responses.

  • Student choice vs. teacher direction.

  • Informational vs. Literary texts.

  • Small group instruction vs. Whole group instruction

  • Instructional level texts vs. Grade level texts

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PARCC releases Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications

PARCC releases Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These blueprints and test specifications will help educators better prepare students for the new online assessments that are aligned to the more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to measure college and career readiness.
 
"These tools will help educators assist staff in both teaching the CCSS and in designing common classroom-based assessments that will help students become college- and career-ready and to succeed on the PARCC assessments," said Cindy Journell-Hoch, an Elementary Teacher Specialist for School Administration and Leadership for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland.

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Are we rushing Common Core without field testing it? Moratoriums and Field Tests

Are we rushing Common Core without field testing it? Moratoriums and Field Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
There is a surge of late in criticisms of the Common Core State Standards, which most states, including Georgia, are in the process of incorporating into their classrooms.
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Beach Buzz Media's curator insight, May 2, 2013 6:20 PM

Is it a start, or just adding another level of problems for American education?