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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Before Tougher State Tests, Officials Prepare Parents

Before Tougher State Tests, Officials Prepare Parents | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The city's Department of Education launched an ad blitz Monday to get the message out that students are being held to higher standards, the day before students start taking tougher state tests.
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Getting serious about evaluating professional learning

Getting serious about evaluating professional learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I quickly saw the need for revising professional learning in our schools, beginning with a change in our vocabulary — replacing professional development with professional learning.

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Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, June 6, 2013 10:25 PM

Shift from professional development to professional learning

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Stripping out the Algebra 2 requirement?

Stripping out the Algebra 2 requirement? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed this Senate-approved bill on April 12 eliminating the Algebra 2 test as a graduation requirement.


In the midst of possible major changes to graduation requirements in Texas, Florida has also taken a significant step towards changing high school requisites as well. There are similarities between what the two states are considering, including what tests and courses must be taken to earn certain types of diplomas.

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LearnZillion

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2,000+ high quality lessons by top teachers - all aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

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With Tougher Standardized Tests, a Reminder to Breathe

With Tougher Standardized Tests, a Reminder to Breathe | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New York City public school students are undergoing rigorous preparation for the redesigned exams, which are likely to cover some material that is not yet in the curriculum.
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Jenny Sloane's curator insight, November 17, 2013 9:56 PM

What stood out to me the most in this article was the first sentence when parents begged a principal to postpone a lower school science fair because their child was too stressed and anxious about upcoming tests. I understand that standardized tests are part of almost every curriculum in public schools; however, curriculum should not revolve solely around the tests. Education is more than just taking tests. I think critical thinking, learning to write research papers, and working in groups are just as important as doing well on tests. Everything I just mentioned are crucial elements of education in my opinion and the amount of emphasis and stress that is put on standardized tests only detracts from the other elements. Furthermore, I was appalled to read that this request was made by parents of a lower school student. Children that young should not be exposed to that much pressure or stress that comes along with standardized tests. I do not think it is healthy or fair. The fact that 10 and 11 year olds have to be reminded to just relax and to take a moment to breathe is very concerning to me. If students feel this amount of pressure in elementary school, I do not want to imagine how overwhelmed and stressed they will be in high school and higher education. I think something needs to be done to address these issues and find a way to use testing, but adjust it in a way to make it less stressful. 

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Classroom Changes You Can Make Now

Classroom Changes You Can Make Now | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

1. Begin introducing more informational text, preferably from primary sources.

2. Increase text complexity and provide scaffolding via model texts. 

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The Word of the Day at This School Is 'Literacy'

The Word of the Day at This School Is 'Literacy' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The focus on literacy, which permeates almost every corner of the building, from the biology lab to math classes to the chorus room, has helped transform Stuart -- once ranked among its district's lowest performers on Virginia state exams -- into an internationally recognized model of achievement. Banners tout awards from the International Center for Leadership in Education, the Education Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other organizations. Remarkably, just over half of the school's nearly 1,500 students come from low-income homes, and two-thirds speak English as a second language.

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Writing: Modeling and "Mimic Writing"

Writing: Modeling and "Mimic Writing" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo


"Mimic Writing" is showing students models of writing and challenging them to write their own versions sticking pretty close to the models’ styles.

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Liberal Arts Education Valued by Employers, Survey Finds

Liberal Arts Education Valued by Employers, Survey Finds | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Employers are looking for new hires with a broad range of skills and innovation, according to a new survey.
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Common Core meets the reform agenda -AEI

Common Core meets the reform agenda -AEI | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards and are in the early stages of implementing them. But as panelists concluded at an AEI research conference on Monday, the state-led initiative will face an uncertain future as it intersects with additional efforts to improve schooling, such as teacher accountability policies and charter schooling."

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‘Opt-Out’ Parents’ Movement

‘Opt-Out’ Parents’ Movement | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A decade after No Child Left Behind, some parents and students say no to the high-stakes exams.
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"Writing is the mode on which the assessments are being built."

"Writing is the mode on which the assessments are being built." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Writing is the mode on which the assessments are being built.
The CCSS's impetus to integrate reading and writing across all subject areas drives the dismissal of classes only using textbook-driven instruction...and their mirrored counterparts in current state testing. Textbook instruction often presents one type of question and one mode of learning--the CCSS assessments want to encourage a social component to learning that is integrated with ample opportunities for students to read and write.
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Common Core Resources Available to All Teachers

To access these resources, educators will need to go to http://nms.org/Resources/CommonCore.  They will click on the “Get Free Resources” button and asked to create a profile.  Educators will then have unlimited access to these resources and all new open resources developed for PARCC by NMSI, ELC state team members, and PARCC staff members. Additional, free classroom-ready lessons are also available on the NMSI website.


Released materials are organized under the following strands:

  • PARCC Updates (e.g., Assessment and implementation)
  • Curricular Tools (e.g., Model Content Frameworks, Tri-State Rubric, etc.)
  • Instructional Resources (e.g., Using literary and informational texts, moving from single to multiple standards in mathematic instruction, science and social studies literacy, etc.,)
  • Diverse Student Populations (e.g., Strategies for English Language Learners and Gifted and Talented Students, Testing Accommodations for students with disabilities, etc.,)
  • Higher Education (e.g., College and Career Ready Determination, Models for pre-service teacher training, etc.,)
  • Leadership (e.g., Administrator resources, state updates, etc.,)


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"A fundamental shift in the way the nation’s children are educated"

Advocates say the standards, soon to be accompanied by standardized tests, are tougher than many states’ current standards, including Ohio’s and Kentucky’s, and pushes teachers to cover fewer concepts and skills but to go deeper into the most important ones.

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Opt-Out of Testing? Principals caught in the middle!

Opt-Out of Testing? Principals caught in the middle! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Students are being asked to ignore us and we are being asked to force them to sit through testing when in our hearts, we, too, may question this testing program.
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Common Core Oral Language Standards: Accountable Talk Read Alouds

Common Core Oral Language Standards: Accountable Talk Read Alouds | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Accountable Talk Read Alouds are read alouds that increase student talk and get students comfortable with having independent academic conversations with their peers.  During these read alouds, students have a buddy that they sit next to and talk with during read aloud time.

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Terrie Morgan Cox's curator insight, August 5, 2013 12:47 PM

this is exactly what we need to do... have accountability and increase time in text

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Common Core Problem-Based Curriculum Maps

Common Core Problem-Based Curriculum Maps | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The following Problem Based Learning curriculum maps are based on the Math Common Core State Standards and the associated scope and sequences. The problems and tasks have been scoured from thoughtf...
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Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 29, 2015 3:59 PM

This will be good information for the math department to review. The teachers have a summer project starting in August focusing on curriculum mapping. 

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Shift from Content to Learning To Learn

Shift from Content to Learning To Learn | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Learning To Learn: 7 Dimensions Of Effective Learning from TeachThought
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The Real Story Behind Common Core State Standards

By Rick Smith

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Explains the history behind the development of the CCSS.

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Common Core will raise the bar of standards, but scores will go down at first

Common Core will raise the bar of standards, but scores will go down at first | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Scores will go down and the edu-politicians are trying hard to prepare the public. But their campaign of self-inoculation against widespread disappointment should not protect them. These educrats got us into this.

How the system will build from this impending problem is anybody’s guess. Whenever new tests are introduced, scores go down. Then teachers adjust. Even the testing companies adjust. Scores then go up. Will children learn more? We can only hope.


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Online Adaptive Testing Pilot Hits Schools Nationwide

Online Adaptive Testing Pilot Hits Schools Nationwide | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Schools in Michigan and elsewhere will begin piloting online adaptive testing, which changes question difficulty based on student answers.
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Science: Final Standards Issued

Science: Final Standards Issued | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
With the Next Generation Science Standards now finalized, two big questions are what kind of reaction they will generate and how many states will ultimately adopt them.


The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards was publicly unveiled yesterday. You can find detailed analysis and early reaction in this Education Weekstory.

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