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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Turmoil swirling around Common Core education standards

Turmoil swirling around Common Core education standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers want a moratorium on results while conservatives want to back out altogether
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John Gougoulis's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:12 PM

There has been a lot of debate about the common core standards in the US - whether you agree with the standards reform or not, once again the reality continues to be (wherever we are) and the lessons not learnt (despite numerous examples), that poor implementation frustrates potentially good reform.

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"American tests have been designed to be, first and foremost, cheap."

"American tests have been designed to be, first and foremost, cheap." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The fate of the Common Core State Standards may well depend on what this country does about testing and accountability."


"American teachers figured out a long time ago that these tests are great at testing the rudiments of the basic skills and not very good at testing complex skills, deep understanding, critical thinking or creativity, the things teachers want most to teach, another reason for them to detest the typical test."

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Evidence Guides for CCSS Literacy and Math

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These tools provide specific guidance for what the CCSS for ELA/Literacy and math looks like in planning and practice. They are designed as developmental tools for teachers and those who support teachers.  

Use the Evidence Guides for:

  1. Teacher self-reflection
  2. Peer-to-peer observation and feedback
  3. Instructional coaching
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Common Core: Five to Seven Year Implementation for High Schools

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Even in the most optimistic light, it may take five years or more before high schools enjoy higher graduation rates and more on-time graduates, a recent study by the New York based Carnegie Corp. predicts.

Carnegie’s “challenge paper” urges education and policy leaders nationwide to make big, structural changes in high schools, even as they get ready for Common Core exams, if they hope to help today’s students excel.

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School Counseling & Common Core State Standards

ACA has created a simple document with the top ten things a school counselor should consider if his/her state is following the Common Core State Standards. Read and share this document with your school and district.


ACA wants to support your involvement in this college and career readiness forum. School counselors are essential to the Common Core State Standards work!

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Math class needs a makeover | Dan Meyer

Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them.


"He addressed students who don’t and won’t engage, and how to change the way we present problems to change the paradigm for their learning. In the video, Meyer states, “Students need to decide, ‘All right, well, does the height matter? Does the side of it matter? Does the color of the valve matter? What matters here?’ — such an underrepresented question in math curricula.”


Teaching students to think about problems, rather than spoon feeding them the answers, will also teach them to stick with it. This is critical in addressing this part the CCSS.  

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Robin Fouts's curator insight, May 5, 2013 9:55 AM

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Finding the Common Core of "Social Pragmatics Skills"

Finding the Common Core of "Social Pragmatics Skills" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In my district our schools are busting at the seams with kids needing social pragmatics skills. We even have city-wide social thinking educators that run groups all focused on social skill development.

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Proficiency rates likely to drop by a third!

Proficiency rates likely to drop by a third! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Test scores will fall at first in schools where the new and more rigorous state tests have been rolled out, but the long-term payoff is what matters.


The proportion of students who were rated “proficient” or better in math and reading dropped by about a third in both middle and elementary school the first time the new tests were given. That is likely to happen in state after state as weak tests are replaced by stronger ones.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach the Common Core

For the past fourteen years the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU has been sponsoring themed panels of educators/practitioners on a wide range of topics. The topic d’annee: The Common Core. The...
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What is Close Reading?

What is Close Reading? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
If you have been keeping up with the Common Core, in particular ELA, you have heard the term close reading a few times and may have asked “what is close reading?” In the last year I’ve participated...
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Science Classes May Give Unequal Opportunity to Learn, Study Says

Science Classes May Give Unequal Opportunity to Learn, Study Says | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Students in high-performing schools have more and deeper opportunities to learn science than those in struggling schools, according to a recent Massachusetts course audit released by the Rennie Center.
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26% of college instructors say incoming students are ready for entry-level courses.

26% of college instructors say incoming students are ready for entry-level courses. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
More than three times as many high school teachers as college professors think their students are well prepared to succeed in college-level courses, an national ACT survey finds.
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khodge55's curator insight, April 20, 2013 3:28 PM

These percentages make me nervous.  I feel as though I am prepared for the work load in college, but if college professors only believe 26% of students are prepared and high school teachers think 89% are ready that means that even though some of my teachers may think I am on the right path to do well in college, I may not be.  Hopefully taking college level classes will help me be a part of the 26% that are "well" or "very well" prepared for college.

Drew Fuchs's comment, April 20, 2013 10:57 PM
I feel like it all depends on the person. If you have motivation to do the work load, then I think you'll be fine but if you are completely unprepared, it will be a tough ride.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 22, 2013 7:37 AM
There is certainly a significant gap between what we prepare you for in high school and what you find in college. The tough part is, not everyone is 4 year college ready in high school, leaving teachers with a significant challenge which professors don't understand.
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Are Teachers Ready for Common Core? "most of us are still coming to terms with it"

Are Teachers Ready for Common Core? "most of us are still coming to terms with it" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Sarah Brown Wessling looks at the Common Core data from MetLife's new survey of educators. How does it compare with her colleagues and her own experiences?


"Doing it ourselves and transferring those skills to our learners is the tough task."


"For many it’s paradigm shifting"

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English Teachers say "no" to machine scoring

Machine Scoring Fails the Test, from the NCTE Task Force on Writing Assessment, aproved by the NCTE Executive Committee, April 15, 2013
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District Wide Common Core Implementation Plan

On April 23, 2013 Natomas Unified School District staff presented this Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan to the Board of Education.
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Alaska's Standards are "similar enough" to Common Core

Alaska's Standards are "similar enough" to Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Executive Director Joe Willhoft confirmed for us that Alaska did not adopt the common core; instead, it has its own state standards.


To determine if Alaska could participate in the consortium, "an independent analysis was required to ensure that their standards were substantially the same" as the common standards adopted by the other states, Willhoft told me in an email. "That analysis demonstrated that the Alaska standards are similar enough to the [Common Core State Standards] that ... an assessment aligned to [the common core] could be used as a valid assessment in Alaska."

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The Common Core and Critical Thinking: "A blessing in disguise."

The Common Core and Critical Thinking: "A blessing in disguise." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The Common Core Standards are opposed by many teachers for a variety of reasons. Yet I submit that if critical thinking is one of their goals, the standards can prove to be a blessing in disguise. I say that because non-fiction is supposed to constitute 70 percent of what students read by their senior year. That's where quality journalism comes in. By engaging students and providing models, newspapers and magazines have the potential to do what traditional textbooks cannot.

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Challenging Students to Discover Pythagoras

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Success At The Core


Video examines quatitative and abstract reasoning.

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Cultivating Common Core Experts: Grow Your Own

By Emily Diehl, Mindset Works educator consultant
Arriving with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 45 U.S.
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Sue Thuma's curator insight, April 22, 2013 11:38 PM

Loved the mention of a risk tolerant culture as we move toward implementing the Common Core.

susanne bowen's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:48 AM

Very fresh and encouraging take on our new standards and the challenges ahead of us!

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Three Ways to Help Parents Understand the Math Common Core

Three Ways to Help Parents Understand the Math Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." By Oliver Wendell Holmes


1. Have a Math Curriculum Night in the beginning of the year for parents. 

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School districts hustle to upgrade technology

School districts hustle to upgrade technology | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
More than 100 schools in Hillsborough County still need wireless access.
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Tech Requirements for online assessments via SBAC

Tech Requirements for online assessments via SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) - needs for online assessments
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