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Qualified Math Teachers Elusive for Struggling Students, Studies Find

Qualified Math Teachers Elusive for Struggling Students, Studies Find | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In many U.S. schools, students struggling the most in mathematics at the start of high school have the worst odds of getting a qualified teacher in the subject, new research finds.


Succeeding in freshman-level mathematics is critical for students to stay on track to high school graduation, with students who make poor grades in math in 8th and 9th grades more likely to leave school entirely.

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Text Complexity: "The place to begin with is the student’s reading level.”

Text Complexity: "The place to begin with is the student’s reading level.” | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In the past I myself embraced what Fountas and Pinnel called “a balanced literacy approach.”  Under this model classroom reading would be made up of the following components:

  1. independent reading (at the student’s independent reading level)
  2. guided reading of a whole-group text (at median instructional reading level for class)
  3. teacher read aloud (slightly above median instructional level). 


The common core call for increased text complexity seems to fit well with the “guided reading” portion of the block.

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River Hill High School's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:14 PM

A nice article that applies to any discipline, not just English!

Lenore Dufton-Johnstone's curator insight, July 11, 2013 9:22 PM

This is the model for my classroom reading program.

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Helping Students Make A Connection Between What They’re Learning In School To Their Goals In Life

Helping Students Make A Connection Between What They’re Learning In School To Their Goals In Life | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Common Core Tech Checklist: What to Know Before You Buy

Common Core Tech Checklist: What to Know Before You Buy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Just about every new product to hit the edtech space is touting that it is “aligned with Common Core standards” as a prime feature. But how can schools be sure these companies aren’t just finessing existing features to fit broad CCCS definitions?

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Nonfiction as Mentor Text

Nonfiction as Mentor Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Many people still hold to the belief that nonfiction writing is “just the facts,” often synonymous with formulaic, dull writing. Nothing could be further from the truth! For years, authors of all genres have honed their writing by reading literary nonfiction by the likes of David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, Susan Orlean, and so many others."

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, April 12, 2013 8:27 AM
Just did a booktalk for 8th grade with non-fiction titles that coincided with a fiction - they literally flew off the shelves. This is why libraries & librarians are SO important in Common Core.
Matt Weld's curator insight, April 14, 2013 8:30 PM

Great article that talks about how authors of nonfiction use the same skills in their craft that we are asking of students.  Links at the end to other good, related articles, too.

Gail Donahue's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:11 AM

This could be excellent background reading for content area teachers when trying to implement writing across the curriculum.

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On a school tour, education officials see Common Core success

On a school tour, education officials see Common Core success | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

During a two-hour visit, Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, and State Education Commissioner John King sat in on an English class and watched sixth-graders identify specific words that illustrated the theme of a poem about mushrooms. In a math class, they saw five students present different solutions for the same problem, then heard the teacher explain that one strategy of problem-solving might make more sense for one student, or in one situation, than another.

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Want Common Core to Succeed? Don't Forget the Principal!

Want Common Core to Succeed?  Don't Forget the Principal! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Learning Forward is the nation's largest nonprofit membership association focused solely on ensuring success for all students through effective professional learning and school improvement.
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Textbooks: Changes in technology and de-centralized adoption process open field for small publishers.

Textbooks: Changes in technology and de-centralized adoption process open field for small publishers. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Changes to curriculum represent a major shift in K-12 education in the U.S. How will textbooks and educational materials producers keep up?
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"Our modest improvements are not keeping pace with this rising bar." - Tom Friedman

"Our modest improvements are not keeping pace with this rising bar." - Tom Friedman | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“Three nonselective high schools in Fairfax, Va., outperformed the average of virtually every country in the world.” One of them, W.T. Woodson, outperformed every region in the world in reading, except Shanghai."

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Background Knowledge in a Knowledge Economy

Background Knowledge in a Knowledge Economy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The industrial economy that typified the twentieth century has been replaced by what has been dubbed the “knowledge” economy.
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Bruce Deitrick Price's comment, April 11, 2013 7:06 PM
Trendy view i was objecting to in "Let us now praise knowing stuff"--also on this page.
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Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing?

Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The two federally funded groups designing tests for the common standards are awaiting feedback from pilot and field testing before making the decision.
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PSA: Proud to Support the Common Core State Standards Initiative

Public Service Announcement (PSA) by ExxonMobil

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Could your school lead in world rankings?

Could your school lead in world rankings? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“Mounting evidence clearly shows that our educational performance is not just a challenge of poverty, it’s an American challenge. Many middle class schools in the U.S. are not yet producing students ready to compete in the global economy.”


A new test from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will let individual schools see how their achievement ranks compared to schools in other countries around the world.


According to a recent report released by the nonprofit educational organizationAmerica Achieves, it’s not just low-income schools in the U.S. that have poor performance—it’s the country’s middle-class students, too.

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Common Core Standards ask more from PA students

Common Core Standards ask more from PA students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Beginning in the fall, public school students will be encouraged to think more critically, write more convincingly and spend more time discussing the "why" of a math problem instead of just the "how-to."The new approach to teaching and learning...
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The Standards and Creativity - Compatible

The Standards and Creativity - Compatible | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice? I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. That's like saying the architect cannot be creative becau...
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"When I hear everyone endlessly whining about what harm the Standards are doing to creative teaching it has the opposite effect on me that you intend. I think: boy, how unimaginative those teachers are. Glad my kid doesn’t have them."

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How Teachers Are Integrating Technology Into The Common Core

How Teachers Are Integrating Technology Into The Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Fred Sitkins takes a closer look at how teachers and other educators are integrating technology into the common core.
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Assessment of Deeper Learning

Assessment of Deeper Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards will require new assessments that measure students’ abilities to design and conduct investigations, analyze data, draw valid conclusions, and report findings—the kinds of deeper learning competencies necessary in the twenty-first century. But developing these new assessments poses challenges, particularly around funding. How can states and districts support the development and implementation of new assessments that might be more costly than current tests? What might make these assessments more affordable?

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Math: 'Publishers' Criteria' to Guide #CommonCore Materials

The lead writers of the math common-core standards have developed new "publishers' criteria" intended to guide the development and selection of instructional materials.


More than just working problems!


  • Over the course of any given year of instruction, each mathematical practice standard is meaningfully present in the form of activities or problems that stimulate students to develop the habits of mind described in the practice standards.
  • Materials provide sufficient opportunities for students to reason mathematically and express reasoning through classroom discussion, written work, and independent thinking.
  • Materials attend thoroughly to those places in the content standards that explicitly set expectations for multistep problems. Such problems are not scarce in the materials. Some or many of these problems require students to devise a strategy autonomously.
  • Each math problem or exercise has a purpose, whether to teach new knowledge, bring misconceptions to the surface, or engage the student in math practices.
  • Materials that devote roughly equal time to each content standard do not allow teachers and students to focus where necessary, as the standards "are not written at a uniform grain size."
  • There is variety in what students are asked to produce, including answers and solutions, arguments, explanations, diagrams, and mathematical models.
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"How To Do Research" Game

"How To Do Research" Game | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...
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Common Core Assessments: principal warns - "a plane built in the air"

Common Core Assessments: principal warns - "a plane built in the air" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Parents will soon be told whether their children are “on the road” to college readiness based on cut scores on tests of the new Common Core standards. But there is no evidence the scores will have any meaning.
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How Districts Are Increasing Student Access to Technology

How Districts Are Increasing Student Access to Technology | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Preparing for Common Core requires schools to move resources to the cloud, roll out robust wireless and develop mobile programs.
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Ralph E. Johnson's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:28 PM

Technological resources will have to continue to be included within the mainstream of students in Pk-16 schools today.

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Testing helps maintain attention, reduce stress in online learning

Testing helps maintain attention, reduce stress in online learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A great deal has been written about the impact of retrieval practice on memory. That's because the effect is sizable, it has been replicated many times (Agarwal, Bain & Chamberlain, 2012) and it...
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