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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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Google Offers Guidance on How to Teach Internet Research

Google Offers Guidance on How to Teach Internet Research | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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The ability to search the internet effectively is an important — if not the most important — research skill for today’s students.

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Common Core State Standards: UCLA Report Highlights Potential, Challenges of New Assessments

Common Core State Standards: UCLA Report Highlights Potential, Challenges of New Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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As a majority of the nation’s schools prepare to adopt the new Common Core State Standards, the tests that will assess how much students actually know are comi…

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Report: Disadvantaged students in U.S. gaining on international peers | Hechinger Report

Report: Disadvantaged students in U.S. gaining on international peers | Hechinger Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Informing the Public about Education through Quality Journalism
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Georgia’s Common Core Resources

Georgia’s Common Core Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Georgia’s ELA Common Core implementation website is housed on three pages with important links found on each. The main page, The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (screenshot above), provides an overview of the CCSS as performance standards and provides links (that can be found elsewhere as well) to professional development archives of webinars and handouts.

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High Expectations and the Common Core

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Getting “Real” about the Common Core and High Expectations « Co-Creating Solutions: A Blog by CTL

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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 14, 2013 4:48 PM

The Common Core State Standards demonstrates what high expectations look like. 

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Introducing ... The Common Core: ELA

This is a basic overview of The Common Core, for workshop presentations in Massachusetts
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'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say

'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A set of new guides to the Common Core State Standards offers a solution, of sorts, to abrewing controversy about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in U.S. classrooms. "Informational text" doesn't have to displace fiction, the guides say, if the overall amount of reading students do increases "dramatically."

The "action guides" are meant to help counselors and school principals put the common standards into practice. Issued by Achieve, College Summit, and the two groups that represent elementary- and secondary-level principals, the guides include a primer on the standards, talking points, and an array of tips.

But in exploring the instructional shifts in the standards, they also offer common-core advocates' answer to teachers who are worried that assigning a much heftier chunk of nonfiction will force them to drop cherished parts of their literary canon.

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Common Core Standards: Sky is not falling, but ground is shifting

Common Core Standards: Sky is not falling, but ground is shifting | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Mel Riddile

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Atlanta Journal Constitution

December 28, 2012


Mel Riddile is the associate director for high school services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. His work in turning around schools in Virginia earned him the 2006 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year award.

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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Mel Riddile, Associate Director of High School Services at the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP)


Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before. As much as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing instructional practice in the classroom, we must acknowledge that student learning under CCSS requires a schoolwide transformation that transcends individual classrooms and requires the dedicated, continual attention of the principal. Consider how these five essential schoolwide conditions for CCSS will fundamentally shift the way principals go about leading schools.

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These Common Core Standards are HARD! Text Complexity - Un...achievable?

These Common Core Standards are HARD! Text Complexity - Un...achievable? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Making sense of text complexity and helping students with reading skills. Many of my students, just like Alex, are in the eighth grade and have trouble reading a grade level text book.
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11% of CA schools met benchmarks for ELA & Math

11% of CA schools met benchmarks for ELA & Math | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The report also notes that many students with disabilities struggle academically. Only 11 percent of California schools met federal benchmarks for English language arts and math proficiency in 2011.


California provides special services to 686,000 children, 10 percent of public school enrollment.

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Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run

Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli For months now, critics inside and outside the Hoosier State have been attacking Indiana’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards; unhappiness on the right may have contributed to...
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22 States Choose 'College Readiness' Exam

22 States Choose 'College Readiness' Exam | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Students' "college readiness" in math in 22 states and the District of Columbia will be determined by an end-of-course test in the last of a three-course sequence, a common-standards assessment consortium has decided.


The decision by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, or PARCC, resolves the question of which tests would be used to decide whether students may skip remedial college mathematics and enroll directly in certain credit-bearing entry-level courses.


Higher education and K-12 representatives of each PARCC governing state voted to base the college-readiness determination only on the terminal test in each three-course sequence.

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Writing: Revision techniques - Resources - TES

Writing: Revision techniques - Resources - TES | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
To help your students master the art of revision, we’ve put together a brilliant collection of free teaching resources including Jedi mind-trick lesson plans, revision games, the 10 commandments of exam success and ways to identify personal...
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The Common Core State Standards: The Complexity of Text Complexity in Global Literature

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Vocabulary (Tier II) & Significant Text

Vocabulary (Tier II) & Significant Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core Shift 6 suggests that it is important to dig deeper into Tier II vocabulary words. Tier II  words are those words that are found across many content areas and change meaning depending on context.

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Common Core Standards: arguments against — and for

Common Core Standards: arguments against — and for | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Marc Tucker


Most of the arguments I have heard against the Common Core State Standards strike me as hardly worth responding to...

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Writing: Lesson Plans for Argumentative Writing

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In the Trenches: Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans

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The Common Core State Standards ask teachers to shift from teaching persuasion to teaching argument. Unlike persuasion, argumentation relies more on claims and evidence and less on emotional appeals.

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The Modern Definition Of College Readiness - Edudemic

The Modern Definition Of College Readiness - Edudemic | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The modern definition of learning, school, and college is an evolving mix of education and technology jargon. So what does that mean for current students?
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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Mel Riddile, Associate Director of High School Services at the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP)


Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before. As much as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing instructional practice in the classroom, we must acknowledge that student learning under CCSS requires a schoolwide transformation that transcends individual classrooms and requires the dedicated, continual attention of the principal. Consider how these five essential schoolwide conditions for CCSS will fundamentally shift the way principals go about leading schools.

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Characteristics of Literacy-Rich Content-Area Classrooms

Characteristics of Literacy-Rich Content-Area Classrooms | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Though socioeconomic status, class size, and teacher credentials certainly are important, research indicates that collective efficacy—a shared belief among teachers that they can help students succeed—has the greatest impact on student achievement (Goodwin, 2010)


"Research suggests students learn best in a pleasant, friendly climate where they

  • Feel accepted by their teachers and peers.
  • Feel a sense of safety and order because academic expectations, instructions, and purpose for assignments are clear.
  • Feel confident in their ability to complete tasks successfully.
  • See value in the learning activities. (Marzano et al., 1997; McCombs & Barton, 1998)"
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What English classes should look like in Common Core era

What English classes should look like in Common Core era | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The recent controversy over how much fiction and non-fiction high school students are supposed to read under the Common Core State Standards begged the question of where the 70 percent non-fiction 30 percent fiction for seniors actually came from and how English classes should look.

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Jennifer Bausman's curator insight, January 11, 2013 8:19 AM

Fantastic article that dispels the myth that the CCSS wants to eliminate literature.

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The Common Core: Looking for 7 minute miracles

The Common Core: Looking for 7 minute miracles | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As literacy expert Elfrieda H. “Freddy” Hiebert points out, “An additional 7 minutes of reading per day has been shown to differentiate classrooms in which students read well from those in which students read less well [and] can make a huge difference in students’ knowledge acquisition and capacity for reading complex text.”


Imagine the power that would accrue if students read an additional 7 minutes in school each day, and another 7 minutes—or more—after school. Imagine what that collective knowledge and wisdom might mean for our nation.

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Infographic: Applying Bloom's Taxonomy in Your Classroom

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Assessing Critical Thinking in Middle and High Schools: Meeting the Common Core, by Rebecca Stobaugh is a practical, very effective resource for midd...

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Coaching Teachers Towards Common Core State Standards

Coaching Teachers Towards Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Elena Aguilar, an experienced K-12 educator, is a transformational leadership coach in the Oakland, Calif., school district.
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