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Common Core State Standards for School Leaders
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready
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PDK/Gallup Poll and Common Core Standards

PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward Public Schools | PDK International


Common core standards will:

  1. make the U.S. more competitive
  2. improve schools in our communities
  3. provide more consistency between districts within a state and between states.


High-quality standards won’t hurt our chances of closing achievement gaps.

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Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris

Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post we look at the range of lexile levels recommended by the new appendage to Appendix A which provides supplemental research about text complexity.
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David Timbs's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:31 PM

We all need to familiarize ourselves with this chart.  

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Item and Task Prototypes | PARCC

Item and Task Prototypes | PARCC | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The primary purpose of sharing item and task prototypes is to provide information and to support educators as they transition to the CCSS and the PARCC assessments.


Note: The item and task prototypes were developed primarily for the purposes of communications and training. They are not test samplers, and are not meant to mirror full-length assessments.

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Erik Palmer's comment, August 21, 2012 7:57 AM
I wonder if PARCC will ever move on designing the speaking and listening assessment.
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"If you have to pick one champion for the Common Core, you’d have to single out four-time North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt."

"If you have to pick one champion for the Common Core, you’d have to single out four-time North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt." | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark


Robert Rothman chronicles two decades of Hunt’s leadership culminating with the critical role played by the Hunt Institute (where I was a founding director). Rothman also notes the pivotal role that two other former governors, Roy Romer on development and Bob Wise on adoption. President Bush also deserves credit for his advocacy of high standards.


On ways that Common Core is different and higher, Rothman points to Anchor Standard 1 which states, “Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.”


“Student will also do a lot of writing that asks them to draw on evidence to make logical and reasoned arguments.”


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Why we need the Common Core (Math) Standards

Why we need the Common Core (Math) Standards | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Jonathan Wray is the instructional facilitator for secondary mathematics curricular programs in the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System and is an elected member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics board of directors.


The United States recently ranked 25th out of 34 developing countries in mathematics falling behind countries such as Japan, Germany and France.


"A key step is for all educational stakeholders to approach our mathematics challenges in a more collaborative manner."

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What Teachers Really Think About the Common Core

What Teachers Really Think About the Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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"There’s been a lot of talk about the new Common Core State Standards—how they will impact students, what the new expectations will be for math and rea...

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Former Utah teacher explores in film why U.S. kids fail math

Former Utah teacher explores in film why U.S. kids fail math | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Scott Laidlaw’s math students just weren’t getting it.
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New Supplement to Appendix A: New Thinking on Text Complexity

New Supplement to Appendix A: New Thinking on Text Complexity | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

Curriculum Matters


Take a look at ELA Standard 10: "Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently."


Appendix A of the standards... outlines the standards' approach to figuring out a text's complexity.


A supplement to Appendix A (http://corestandards.org/assets/E0813_Appendix_A_New_Research_on_Text_Complexity.pdf), issued today, expands on the original Appendix's approach to text complexity, based on a new study done to inform this process.


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Vocabulary Instruction: How tiers of words work

Vocabulary Instruction: How tiers of words work | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Amanda Adrian and Heather Rader look at how the Common Core is helping teachers rethink vocabulary instruction in this feature from the archives. They include a simple activity for literacy leaders to try with teachers to help them understand how different tiers of words work:


http://www.choiceliteracy.com/articles-detail-view.php?id=1199

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Common Core opens a second front in the Reading Wars

Common Core opens a second front in the Reading Wars | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Pushing for more clarity and rigor, the CCSS ELA standards may have upended the...
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Getting Complicated With Texts: Understanding the New ELA Standards

The new Common Core Standards call for students to read a great deal more content-rich non-fiction in high school. But what’s a “complex” text anyway and how do teachers select such texts?
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Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary? – SchoolBook

Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary? – SchoolBook | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In an opinion post in response to a recent New York Times essay, a city English teacher writes: "If algebra can be tossed by the wayside, why not Austen?" And he laments, that is already happening.
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Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments

Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Experts suggest test-makers will be challenged to write items that will measure the depth of knowledge expected.
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The Curriculum Reformation

The Curriculum Reformation | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

City Journal, Summer 2012

By Sol Stern


New national standards prod schools to return to content-based education.


For the first time in almost half a century, education administrators and policymakers around the country are seriously discussing the role of a content-based curriculum in raising student achievement.

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Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments

Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Experts suggest test-makers will be challenged to write items that will measure the depth of knowledge expected.
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FL to swap the reading and math portions of the FCAT with PARCC test

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the state will swap the reading and math portions of the FCAT with a new test that will bring Florida in line with other states.
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Common core: Dramatic changes in how special education is done!

Common core: Dramatic changes in how special education is done! | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

There are going to be some dramatic changes between how special education (at least in my school and other schools I’ve worked in) is done now and how it will be done when the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is completely initiated.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:41 AM

Change.............embrace it!

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Background Knowledge: The Key to Teaching and Learning

Background Knowledge: The Key to Teaching and Learning | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

http://blog.coreknowledge.org/2012/08/17/when-the-common-coreteaching-reading-strategies-2-0/



When the Common Core=Teaching Reading Strategies 2.0
by Rachel Levy
August 17th, 2012


"Vital to teaching anything (okay, vital to teaching reading) for mastery to any students, is background knowledge. The Common Core is supposed to go further than just asking students to learn from text by relating the general themes in the text it to their own personal experiences. As it should, but that doesn’t mean we should limit what they are learning to the content of the texts they are studying."


"The key to reading success is a vocabulary and knowledge-rich curriculum and a lot of practice reading."

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Vocabulary: Common Core L.CCR.6 Explained

Vocabulary: Common Core L.CCR.6 Explained | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teaching the Core


The 6th Common Core language anchor standard is about being able to acquire, use, and grapple with unknown words. Vocabulary builders, this is your standard!


"Ultimately, college and career readiness is all about independence; for L.CCR.6, that means being able to handle unknown words on one’s own."

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Texting hurts grammar

Texting hurts grammar | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
If the average American teen sends a staggering 3,000 text messages a month, you can be sure that there are more than a few letters, commas and apostrophes missing.




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Teachers of ELLs need a deep understanding of research

Teachers of ELLs need a deep understanding of research | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Language Magazine


"In order to effectively roll out the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to teach the new generation of English Language Learners (ELLs), now more than ever, it is critical for current and future teachers to have a deep understanding of language learning research-based theory and practice. In order to remain relevant, teachers need to be well prepared to address the linguistic and cultural diversity in their classrooms."

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Diverse Student Populations: PARCC ELC Panel Discussion

If you're a teacher or administrator in a district with a diverse student body, you may be asking how the PARCC assessments will be tailored to meet the vari...
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ELA: Supplement to Appendix A (text complexity) released

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One Cheer for Common Core

One Cheer for Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I'm rooting for Common Core. Anything would be better than the humiliation of today's bubble-in testing.
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Understanding the "Common Core" Educational Changes

Understanding the "Common Core" Educational Changes | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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