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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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Idaho: What the New Idaho Core Standards Will Mean for Our Students

Idaho: What the New Idaho Core Standards Will Mean for Our Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“Just like the standards we had in place before we adopted these, the federal government has never reviewed or approved state standards. And they have NOT reviewed or approved these. These are Idaho standards. If the federal government ever tries to approve or regulate these, no one will fight harder than we will.” - Tom Luna, Idaho State Superintendent

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Literacy and the Common Core: Ed Week Spotlight

Literacy and the Common Core: Ed Week Spotlight | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Educators are emphasizing the use of nonfiction texts, developing literacy skills across the curriculum, and collaborating with librarians to help prepare for the common-core standards in reading.
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Close reading is and outcome, not a technique

Close reading is and outcome, not a technique | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tim Shanahan


"The trick is to scaffold the readings and re-readings sufficiently to allow these students to participate successfully—they have to do the reading and thinking, you can’t do it for them."

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Les Howard's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:33 AM

Shanahan makes point that Close Reading is not a technique, rather it is an outcome. I believe that the Four Resources Model (Luke & Freebody) http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=17768 is a useful lens to develop Close Reading of texts.

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:10 PM

More on close reading and how it works for all readers, and what you can do for struggling readers.

Brook Grove Meiller's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:18 AM

Dr. Shanahan will be in OK on Tuesday.

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Text Complexity: Balancing Readability and Reading Fluency

Text Complexity: Balancing Readability and Reading Fluency | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

On Common Core | School Library Journal


Knowing the research behind text complexity is critical to understanding the call for more complexity.

  • The CCSS crafters examined college freshman textbooks and career manuals.
  • These texts typically measure at a Lexile score of 1450.
  • This Lexile measure was used as a benchmark for college and career readiness (CCR).
  • Grade level Lexiles were then scaffolded in reverse, defining grade level Lexile expectations as stated in the Common Core Appendix A.
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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 23, 2013 12:46 AM

Important reading for school librarians working to assist teachers in finding informational text that is differentiated in reading levels.

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Charlotte Danielson on Teaching and the Common Core

Charlotte Danielson on Teaching and the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson discusses the effects of the common standards on instructional practice and teacher professional development.
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Math Teachers Strive to Bring Core to At-Risk Students

Math Teachers Strive to Bring Core to At-Risk Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Despite often lacking support and clear guidance, math educators are taking steps to refine their practice and adopt creative methods to help at-risk and struggling students make the shift to the new instructional paradigm.
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Inquiry, Curiosity, Exploration and the Common Core

Inquiry, Curiosity, Exploration and the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Planned a great lesson? Excited to teach the content because you know what you've planned will excite students and they will learn? Ever planned a lesson like that and then wondered what went wrong?
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Professional Learning Units for Implementing the #CCSS

Professional Learning Units for Implementing the #CCSS | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These resources were created to help principals and teacher leaders develop their capacity to facilitate school-based collaborative professional learning focused on teaching and learning. The four units below cover key topics in leading professional learning tied to implementing content standards.

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Arayah's curator insight, March 14, 2013 1:19 PM

Awesome resource for planning units aligned to the CCCSS

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Survey Suggests Hurdles for Math, Science Teaching: "We have a lot of work to do..."

Survey Suggests Hurdles for Math, Science Teaching: "We have a lot of work to do..." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"We have a lot of work to do in reorienting what we're doing in the classroom to achieve the [vision] of the common core."


"Many teachers say they do not feel well-equipped to plan lessons that meet the needs of students at varying levels of understanding."

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What Are The Habits Of Mind?

What Are The Habits Of Mind? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What Are The Habits Of Mind?
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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 18, 2013 4:58 AM

We all are permanent students, so this article is not only relevant for a classroom.

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Connect this to Standards for Mathematical Practice

Jay Roth's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:03 AM

Connect this to Standards for Mathematical Practice

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'Radically Different' Tests: go beyond student achievement to improving instruction

'Radically Different' Tests: go beyond student achievement to improving instruction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A blue-ribbon panel offers a 10-year plan for assessment systems that go beyond accountability.
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What's Hot, What's Not Classroom Activity for any Content Area

What's Hot, What's Not Classroom Activity for any Content Area | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Tracee Orman


Common Core Aligned "What's Hot?" and "What's Not?" Alternative Reading Assessment

Use this "What's Hot? What's Not?" activity after reading a chapter, studying a unit, learning a concept, reading a short story, watching a video, etc.

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Close Reading: Dissecting The Text

Close Reading: Dissecting The Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  • A close reading of text is a rereading of a small slice of a story (or something that is short to begin with, like a poem or an essay)—perhaps rereading it many times.
  • Then, through careful inspection of words, sentences, paragraphs, and the way they work as parts and together as a whole, the teacher leads the students to discern the author’s meaning. 
  • Students are guided to provide “textual evidence” that the author’s meaning is what it is. They can’t guess, based only their prior knowledge and a cursory look at the words on the page, what the author intends.  This means, practically, that a Cliff Note’s acquaintanceship with the text won’t cut it.
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State adopts Pennsylvania Common Core Standards - timesherald.com

State adopts Pennsylvania Common Core Standards - timesherald.com | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) voted to put Pennsylvania Common Core Standards into place and will also require students to meet proficient requirements on either the Keystone Exams, or comparable examinations, in...
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Math: Performance Task Template

Math: Performance Task Template | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Lisa Burkhalter's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:35 AM

Great template for planning performance tasks - could be adapted for any subject.

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New school tests called excessive

New school tests called excessive | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Through written guidance sent to schools last week, school administrators learned that all third- to 11th-grade students will take nine online tests - each around an hour in length - for English and math under the new testing system.


Five of the nine will be in English, and four will be in math. Those tests will replace the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests in the two subjects. Students now take one test in English and one in math.


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PARCC: Advice on Access and Test Administration

PARCC: Advice on Access and Test Administration | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark


The 22 state testing consortia PARCC issued guidelines this week included more advice about access. PARCC also became an independent nonprofit.


District and school administrators should pay attention to the The PARCC Assessment Administration Capacity Planning Tool.  In short:

  • There are nine testing sessions lasting about 9 hours for middle grades, 10 hours for high school.
  • Schools will have a maximum of 20 school days to administer the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and  20 school days to administer the End of Year Assessment component (EOY).
  • Broadband requirements won’t be greater than 100 kbps (which is what SETDA recommended as a minimum in Broadband Imperative)
  • The capacity planning tool offers detailed guidance on device access based on testing plans.
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In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities

In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Educators around the country are exploring innovative ways to teach the new common-core literacy standards, and some are calling attention to an approach they say is working well: cross-subject thematic units.
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Teri C's curator insight, March 17, 2013 3:27 PM

I think cross-subject thematic units are excellent because it can reach so many more students in a given class thanks to multiple focuses. The downside? When you become micro-managed on a pacing chart &Lose the inability to bring in YOUR Fo Real teaching style into the lesson.

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School Districts Seek Faster Internet Connections

School Districts Seek Faster Internet Connections | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Even though nearly every school in the country is now connected to the Internet, not all of them have the kind of connections that allow teachers and students to make full use of digital learning tools.


Teachers across the country want to personalize learning through technology, districts are putting 1-to-1 computing initiatives in place, tablet devices are flooding into classrooms, and the 2014-15 deadline for online testing under the Common Core State Standards is drawing near. But none of those approaches or plans is possible without high-speed broadband connections."

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"Common Core State Standards are not a program"...or a curriculum

Marc Tucker - the Common Core State Standards are not a program, like a new drug, to be field-tested.  They are a statement of what we want our children to know and be able to do when they graduate from high school and what they ought to know and be able to do at key points along the way to graduation.  Our parents and students and teachers need to know what is expected.  I can understand why we would want to know how well a strategy for helping students reach our aspirations worked before we asked all our teachers to use it, but don't understand why we would field test our aspirations.

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River Hill High School's comment, March 24, 2013 2:46 PM
Agree or disagree? Hmmmm.
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Algebra, Geometry Classes Vary in Rigor, Says Study

Algebra, Geometry Classes Vary in Rigor, Says Study | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Fewer than one in five students who took an Algebra I "honors" class were actually exposed to rigorous mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest high school transcript study.
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Are Schools Prepared for Online State Assessments?

Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
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Research: Key Part of PARCC Assessments

Research: Key Part of PARCC Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“The ELA/Literacy Performance-Based Assessments (PBAs) at each grade level will include three tasks

  1. a research simulation
  2. a literary analysis
  3. narrative task


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David Timbs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 10:45 PM

This gives some really good insight into what PARCC will look like and the role that research will play at each grade level!

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 13, 2013 1:19 PM

Looks like a fully staffed library will be a must in every school!

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Writing: Citing Textual Evidence

Writing: Citing Textual Evidence | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teaching students to use textual evidence is a key component of the Common Core. Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.
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Connie Wise's curator insight, March 11, 2013 1:14 PM

 Teach Channel video--about 6 min

David Timbs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 10:46 PM

It's time to get into the text Sullivan County!  

Ali Lamb Brown's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:16 PM

Middle school reading