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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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Common Core Assessments: Will they meet our expectations?

How much better will the next generation of standardized tests, aligned to the Common Core standards, really be?
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11 States Use Score Cards to Target School Climate

11 States Use Score Cards to Target School Climate | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"As states tackle the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the balance between addressing the conditions necessary for students to learn and what students are actually learning has become more difficult to strike. The S3 grants aim to eliminate the need to prioritize one or the other.


Under a federal grant program, 11 states are using student surveys and select data to monitor and address issues around safety, discipline, and engagement....in an attempt to put safety and discipline, student engagement, and students' connection to school on the same footing as their performance in mathematics and reading."


This is the "first attempt at this benchmark—really measuring in some tangible way—school climate, and then blending that with incident data like attendance, referrals, suspensions."

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3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary -

3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary - | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary by Susan Oxnevad first appeared on gettingsmart.com  The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards…...
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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:01 PM

Develop your students' word habits with these three apps. 

Sayles Yourhistoryteacher's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:28 PM

Technology and vocabulary building... c'mon what are we waiting for...

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Writing: Is Grammar Worth Teaching?

Writing: Is Grammar Worth Teaching? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Walt Gardner 


Tracing the rise and fall of grammar instruction ("Grammarians in Hoodies," Education Next, Spring 2013


"I'm talking about gross errors in usage and sentence structure that detract from that goal.


Companies complain that workers can't fashion a clear and coherent memo. That doesn't surprise me at all. Young people can't enunciate a declarative sentence without the words "like" or "you know." That assumes they even know what a declarative sentence is. So when it comes time to put their thoughts in writing, they're predictably at a complete loss. Texting, of course, only exacerbates their deficits."


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Ann Kenady's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:59 PM

I don't think it's asking too much that students be able to write "a clear 5-sentence memo devoid of grammatical and spelling errors." Maybe we can continue to nudge the bar back up to where it should be.

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States Can Afford Better Tests by Restructuring Costs, Study Says

States Can Afford Better Tests by Restructuring Costs, Study Says | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
States can make better assessments possible by shifting testing dollars and using technology and teachers to score tests, says a new report.
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Sixty percent of adults who took standardized test bombed

Sixty percent of adults who took standardized test bombed | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The bottom line: Sixty percent bombed the test. Translation: Most adults who took a student standardized test pretty much flunked it.
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Math: Elementary Common Core Resources

Math: Elementary Common Core Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Classroom collections are ideal for teachers to use in helping students understand concepts. Each resource set includes an outstanding selection of interactives, games, videos and learning tools.

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Awesome Stories: Primary Source Docs for Common Core

Awesome Stories: Primary Source Docs for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.

AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located. 


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:23 PM

Excellent digital resource when teaching with CCSS, particularly in science and social studies!

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NCLB Waivers: A State-by-State Breakdown

NCLB Waivers: A State-by-State Breakdown | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The latest on states' waiver status—including if they have a waiver and whether their teacher-evaluation systems have been approved.
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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.


Students need "prerequisite knowledge" to meet the new grade-level expectations mapped out in the common standards

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Common Core Online Tests to Pose Tech. Challenge for Rural Schools

Common Core Online Tests to Pose Tech. Challenge for Rural Schools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards eventually will require students to take standardized tests online, and that will pose a problem for many schools, especially those in rural areas.

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Technology-Rich Learning: New Literacies and the Common Core

Technology-Rich Learning: New Literacies and the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 28, 2013 5:11 AM

Examples of lessons for teaching digital literacy. 

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, March 29, 2013 10:35 AM

useful for adult education as well....especially with the new GED arriving soon

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Turnaround: Keys to Radical Classroom Change

Turnaround: Keys to Radical Classroom Change | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Turnarounds generally happen through a series of disciplined improvements, not because of one silver bullet, Amanda Gardner writes.


  1. Make the classroom a sacred learning environment.
  2. Teaching is a joint enterprise.
  3. Accountability isn't found in a test.
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The Truth about Common Core

The Truth about Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern write on NRO: The new Common Core math and reading standards adopted by 45 states have come under a firestorm of criticism from tea-party activists and commentators such as Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin.


Here’s what the Common Core State Standards do:

  1. They simply delineate what children should know at each grade level and describe the skills that they must acquire to stay on course toward college or career readiness.
  2. They are not a curriculum;
  3. It’s up to school districts to choose curricula that comply with the standards.
  4. For most states, the Common Core is a great improvement with regard to rigor and cohesiveness.
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Math: Teacher Gestures Boost Learning

Math: Teacher Gestures Boost Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In the study, "Consolidation and Transfer of Learning After Observing Hand Gesture," psychologists from the University of Iowa and Michigan State University taught 184 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-graders a lesson about mathematical equivalence, a foundation concept for algebra.

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Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment

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Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.
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Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's curator insight, April 1, 2013 1:04 PM

Some really interesting points in this link about not leveling text....check out...also interesting ideas for writing with evidence

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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Jamie Nast/Flickr Helping students learn how to learn: That's what most educators strive for, and that's the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfe
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Educating, Engaging and Enlisting Parents around the Common Core | Hunt Institute

Educating, Engaging and Enlisting Parents around the Common Core | Hunt Institute | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

We support the Common Core because it is a clear, collaborative vision that identifies what students need to know to be successful in the 21st century.

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HS students go back to grade school to help students get wrapped up in reading

HS students go back to grade school to help students get wrapped up in reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“After we get to high school, a lot of us forget how to read for fun,” said Moss, the president of the MHS student council and senior class. “In high school, teachers don’t give  assigned reading, which, I think, was a good thing.”

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Common-Core Curricula Spark NY Teacher Resistance

Common-Core Curricula Spark NY Teacher Resistance | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"triggering uneasiness among teachers who feel that tests are being given on the new standards too soon."

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Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It

Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

CCSSO and NGA have been good stewards of this initiative. I know that when I asked for more teacher involvement, they were very responsive. Both NEA and AFT convened panels of some of the best teachers in America who reviewed the initial draft of the standards. The teachers made many suggestions, and most were integrated into the standards. The Common Core Standards deserve to be implemented.

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engagement = brain sweat

engagement = brain sweat | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

What evidence can administrators and teachers collect that will show true engagement and not on task behavior?

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Study: Middle School Algebra Push Yields Minimal Performance Gains

A new study finds that increasing enrollment in advanced math classes before highs school hasn't let to higher math performance for states on the NAEP.
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