"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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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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