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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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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

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A Truly Foundational Change: Testing and Common Core

A Truly Foundational Change: Testing and Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The goal of the Common Core assessments, as with the curricula itself, is to devise a richer, more thoughtful approach to K-12 learning, one that is – in the words of the Common Core developers – “fewer, clearer, higher.”...


  • CCSS “will have a huge impact on how teachers are expected to teach, students are taught to think, and how both students and teachers are evaluated.”
  • a truly foundational change.
  • “With the new standards, teachers will have to have increased content knowledge -- knowledge that looks different than it did in the past,”
  • We are going to make sure that we are teaching differently.”
  • “But it’s been a really short timeline,”
  • The goal of the tests, as with the curricula itself, is to devise a richer, more thoughtful approach to K-12 learning, one that is -- in the words of Common Core developers -- “fewer, clearer, higher.” But while the aim is simplicity, the tasks involved in meeting that goal are exceedingly complex.
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White Paper: How to Teach Students to Evaluate Information

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A Key Common Core Skill > Eye On Education


The importance of critical thinking is noted in the new national standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative directly identifies higher-order thinking skills as critical to achieving career and college readiness for all students.

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Assessment Administration Guidance | PARCC

Assessment Administration Guidance | PARCC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today announced a new planning tool and guidance for schools and districts that will help them get ready for new, 21st century assessments in the 2014-2015 school year.


The PARCC assessments will include a rich set of performance-based tasks that address a long standing concern among educators about large scale, pencil and paper assessments - they have been unable to capture some of the most important skills that we strive to develop in students. The PARCC assessments are being carefully crafted to accomplish this important goal. They will enable teachers, schools, students and their parents to gain important insights into how well critical knowledge, skills and abilities essential for young people to thrive in college and careers are being mastered in ways that only computer-based assessments can measure. 

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SBAC Training Test

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Lisa Sayles Kraiza's comment, March 5, 2013 7:59 PM
I am piloting this test this week with my kids.
Michael John Maxson's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:38 AM

Looking to use this or something similar with my staff at our next School Improvement inservice.

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AP Report: The Opportunity Gap

AP Report: The Opportunity Gap | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Hundreds of thousands of prepared students in this country either did not take an available AP subject for which they had potential or attended a school that did not offer the subject."

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Countdown to Next Generation Assessments

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Lisa Sayles Kraiza's curator insight, March 2, 2013 11:55 AM

Next week my school will be piloting the Smarter Balanced ELA Assessment.  It looks wild....

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New Literacies and the Common Core

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Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core


Educational Leadership

March 2013


By William Kist


The Common Core State Standards recognize that to thrive in the newly wired world, students need to master new ways of reading and writing.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:05 AM

Provides helpful info in guiding students to "read" text in a variety of formats.

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The Future Ready Project: Achieve

The Future Ready Project: Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"over 150 resources for communicating and advocating around the college- and career-ready agenda."

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Teachers Say They Feel Unprepared for Common Core

Teachers Say They Feel Unprepared for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

Education Week

February 27, 2013


Almost half said in a survey they weren't ready to teach the standards, especially to students who are poor or have special needs.

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The Common Core Implementation Gap: "the distressing reality of implementation"

By Andy Smarick

Education Next

February 21, 2013


Teacher Evaluation - With changes afoot in all of these areas, teacher-evaluation reform has gotten exponentially more difficult. 42 states report either having plans or building plans to revise their teacher-evaluation systems to comport with the expectations of Common Core. Thirty states claim to have “fully developed” plans to change their instructional materials to align with the new standards.

Common Core – One of several massive changes. Even the best state departments of education were fretting about the massive challenges associated with overhauling educator evaluation systems before Common Core implementation was front and center.

Professional Development – Plans “look a lot like the SEA’s current PD plans: same state office, same providers, same higher-ed institutions, same quality monitoring, same number of hours required, etc.”

Aligned Instructional Materials - Comparing the navigability of the CC-aligned resources marketplace to the Wild West would be an insult to the Wild West.

Teacher Preparation - Are any activities underway to improve teacher preparation programs so their graduates are ready for the demands of Common Core. As far as I can tell, most states haven’t even begun working in this area.

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Great Quote:


"it’s time to get serious about the seriousness of implementation"


The Perfect Storm = New Teacher Evaluation Systems + New State Accountability Systems + Common Core Implementation (Professional Development, Aligned Resources, Teacher Preparation)

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Teachers rated high on compliance, low on engagement and questioning

Teachers rated high on compliance, low on engagement and questioning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Stephen Sawchuk


"no matter what framework was used, teachers got higher scores on procedural tasks like planning and behavior management, but relatively low scores on things like "analysis and problem solving," "using investigation/problem-based approaches," "student participation in making meaning and reasoning," and "relevance to history and current events."


"The Consortium on Chicago School Research recently released final results from that city's pilot implementation of the Danielson Framework for Teaching and found similar results. Here, too, teachers generally scored lower on the domains of "using questioning and discussion techniques" and "engaging students in learning" than on managing the classroom."

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The Common Core Standards will require that students use logic to apply learned concepts to real-world situations using high-order thinking skills.


Mangaging student behavior is fundamental expectation, but only the beginning of quality instruction. This study supports my contention that school leaders must fundamentally change current classroom practice by building the collective capacity of all teachers to deliver quality instruction.

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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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Common Core testing will take 8-10 hours over several days

Common Core testing will take 8-10 hours over several days | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"As the new tests aim to measure students' preparation in new and more subtle ways than the current set of state assessments -- including the measuring of writing abilities at every grade level -- they'll require more time in addition to more computers."

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Common Core has teachers "close reading" and rethinking text

Common Core has teachers "close reading" and rethinking text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  • Try telling kids you’re going to read like writers,”
  • “We had to change the way [they] thought about text.
  • Teachers needed to change their planning and get to know their texts really well.”
  • teach close reading in all classes, not just English
  • Common Core-aligned texts... are harder than any their students have faced before.
  • With a focus on textual evidence under the new standards, “there’s a real ‘right is right’ approach that I’ve never felt as an ELA teacher.”
  • “The teacher is prompting and coaching as compared to direct teaching,” “And that means teachers giving up control. That’s hard.”
  • “The focus on questions could be really helpful to us.”
  • finding texts is one of the hardest parts of adapting classes to the new standards.
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Write Better: Editorially

Write Better: Editorially | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 2, 2013 6:48 AM

Finally, a tool that understands what makes writers better:rewriting and good counsel.

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Getting Ready for Online Assessments: A Guide

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:02 AM

Good background on what to expect with the upcoming assessments, and how we should be moving most of our teaching online.

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Why Digital Writing Matters

Why Digital Writing Matters | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Digital Text & the Common Core Standards

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Ted Caron's comment, March 1, 2013 8:24 AM
Hi Mel...Love your Scoop Its! In reading this one, I think it's important that the blogger doesn't lump in these standards as evidence that CCSS calls for "digital writing." Clearly, CCSS W.6 calls for more interaction, collaboration and creative publishing vis-a-vis digital-enhanced writing. However, the other two anchor standards he references, at least to my way of thinking, should be classified less as "digital writing" and more as research collection. Student research skills are emphasized heavily in CCSS, and we should be careful about which standards we assign to what set of skills. Using the web to research requires a different set of skills (and instructional plan) than collaborative writing. In my experience, folks are very quick to substantiate technology-enhanced teaching and learning along CCSS lines. However, good writing instruction paired with effective research skills doesn't necessarily require a teacher to completely embrace certain tech tools that I commonly see associated with CCSS. Let's be clear: There's lots in CCSS that is just "old school", Padeia-style teaching. Just my thought.
Deborah Owen's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:04 AM

Provides a useful layout of digital writing requirements in the CC.

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Comparing Common Core to the old methods of teaching: Evidence

New federal standards a hit at Santa Ana schools


"Instead of just memorizing the material they learn, students must be able to demonstrate they understand that material.


This means all U.S. classrooms should be buzzing with student collaboration and teachers should be pulling together all types of reading material to make their lessons more universal.

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JamieSkaggs's curator insight, March 2, 2013 5:53 PM

I really like the first quote.  This truly shows common core.

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Short-term growing pains under the Common Core but "outlook looks bright for teachers"

Short-term growing pains under the Common Core but "outlook looks bright for teachers" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

While the Common Core may cause short term growing pains, the outlook looks bright for teachers seeking to implement creative classroom instruction and the students who will benefit from the changes in their curriculum.

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Should Common Core Assessments be barriers to graduation?

Should Common Core Assessments be barriers to graduation? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A debate over the future of required tests in Washington schools centers on a key question: Should being ready for college be considered the same thing as being ready to graduate high school?
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