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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 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 Standards are a big boon to Innovation?

Common Standards are a big boon to Innovation? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tom Vaner Ark


1. CCSS and the shift to digital are coincident and complementary.

2. CCSS are producing in big investment in digital content.

3. Data standards will help.

4. Common Core is boosting equity.

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District Leader Fact Sheet- Montana Common Core Standards

Fact sheet for school and district leaders on the Common Core State Standards.


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Resources for each of the High School #CommonCore Math Standards

Resources for each of the High School #CommonCore Math Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core - poliquinmath.net


An index and link page for a series of documents I am creating that present content for the High School Common Core Content Standards.

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Daniel Willingham on "In Praise of Tests"

Daniel Willingham on "In Praise of Tests" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. Students enjoy mental activity
  2. Background knowledge is critical for higher thought
  3. Knowledge, not memorization, is a necessary precondition for understanding. It is "more desirable that the to-be-learned material is embedded in some interesting activity, so that the student will be likely to remember it as a matter of course."
  4. "Exams seldom call for the creative deployment of knowledge. Instead, they call for the straightforward recall of knowledge. That's because it's very difficult to write exams that call for creative responses, yet are psychometrically reliable and valid."
  5. Students might "gain pleasure of overcoming a formidable obstacle that you were not sure you could surmount."
  6. Goal - rich content interwoven with a demand for critical thinking, delivered in a way that motivates kids.
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What Should Children Read? "Careful reading can advance great writing."

What Should Children Read? "Careful reading can advance great writing." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Shakespeare vs. menus: The battle over public school reading lists.


"In my experience, students need more exposure to nonfiction, less to help with reading skills, but as a model for their own essays and expository writing."


"What schools really need isn’t more nonfiction but better nonfiction, especially that which provides good models for student writing."


Models of narrative nonfiction are everywhere...

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Formative Assessment and the Common Core State Standards | Video

Formative Assessment and the Common Core State Standards | Video | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In this video clip, Heather Wolpert-Gawron discusses creating new kinds of formative assessments that assess skills and thought process, not just content.

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Handwriting: Some states buck the trend and preserve penmanship

Handwriting: Some states buck the trend and preserve penmanship | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Is cursive a waste of time? California schools don't think so.


Handwriting Research shows that forming letters by hand, as opposed to typing them into a computer, not only helps young children develop their fine motor skills but also improves their ability to recognize letters — a capacity that, in turn, predicts reading ability at age 5. But many schools are now emphasizing typing over writing. Last year, for example, the Indiana Department of Education announced that the state’s public schools no longer had to teach cursive writing and they should ensure that students were “proficient in keyboard use” instead. http://ideas.time.com/2012/11/08/why-kids-should-learn-cu-cursive/



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Top 10 Questions to Ask #CommonCore Vendors

Top 10 Questions to Ask #CommonCore Vendors | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tom Vander Ark 


Their Answers Will Help Separate the Genuine from the Disingenuous


The implementation of Common Core State Standards is intended to create change in our nation's public education system ... not put change in the pockets of the American publishing industry.

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"High schools may strongly resist the Common Core."

"High schools may strongly resist the Common Core." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Aaron Churchill


A decades-old Rand Corporation report suggests high school implementation of the Common Core may be difficult.

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Close Reading Prezi

Close Reading Prezi | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Are you looking for ways to improve your students comprehension, critical thinking, and reasoning skills all while meeting the Common Core State Standards?  If so, you will not want to miss this on...
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ALEC Votes Down Anti-Common-Core Resolution

ALEC Votes Down Anti-Common-Core Resolution | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

On Nov. 19, after several discussions over the past year and at least one postponed vote, ALEC's legislative board of directors has voted not to adopt the resolution opposing the common core, the group announced in an email. ALEC stated that it will remain "neutral" on the common core, "but will continue to oppose any efforts by the federal government to mandate curriculum."

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Tim Shanahan Talks CCSS Instructional Shifts - #CommonCore

Tim Shanahan Talks CCSS Instructional Shifts - #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX


In this webinar, Tim Shanahan discusses CCSS Instructional Shifts in English Language Arts.

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Writing: 3 Short Writing Ideas | Common Core Practice

Writing: 3 Short Writing Ideas | Common Core Practice | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Three writing prompts based on recent Times content, devised and tested by a ninth-grade class in New Jersey. 


Each Friday we collaborate with a classroom in New Jersey to test and publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content.

This week, the teachers, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, and their ninth graders were just as taken with the following:


  1. Narrative Writing - Dining: “As Not Seen On TV” Common Core Standards: RI2, RI4, RI5, RI6, RI10, W3, W4, W5, W10, RH4, RH5, RH8
  2. Argumentative Writing - Editorial: “The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar” Common Core Standards: RI2, RI6, RI8, RI10, W1, W4, W5, W9, W10, RH2
  3. Argumentative Writing - Business: “Facebook’s False Faces” Common Core Standards: RI1, RI6, R18, RI10, W1, W4, W5, W10, RH2
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Love these ideas! Teaching AP Language, I can see how I could easily incorporate and even expand upon these real world topics in the classroom.

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Argumentative Writing and Developing Writers: Grade 7

Argumentative Writing and Developing Writers: Grade 7 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

DR. DEB GOLLNITZ


Meeting the Common Core


"There is clear differentiation between writing argument and writing persuasion, and the Common Core State Standards emphasize this difference.


Developing writers, particularly in middle level grades, have difficulty separating the purposes of these two modes."



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National Teacher of the Year Plugs #CommonCore Test Alignment

National Teacher of the Year Plugs #CommonCore Test Alignment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki


What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items


CCSSO hosted a webinar with 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items in English language arts.


Using the Common Core State Standards assessments to inform instruction won’t be so difficult because the exams match what English teachers already do — teach text analysis, said 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki.


Mieliwocki, a middle school English teacher, admits having concerns about students’ readiness for writing argumentatively, but gives high marks to the assessment samples recently released by the two consortia that are developing them to test what students are already taught.

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Filling the “Skills Gap”: Jobs available, but qualified workers are not.

Filling the “Skills Gap”: Jobs available, but qualified workers are not. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“We have employers who are ready to hire workers right now – if the workers have the skills that the employers need – and we have workers in large number, both employed and unemployed who want these jobs but lack the skills and education level to access them.


At a current unemployment rate near 9% in the region, we have over 40,000 unemployed workers, many of whom are not currently equipped with skills to meet the needs of our employers for the openings they have.”

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Writing - #CommonCore Tips: Using Transitional Words

Writing - #CommonCore Tips: Using Transitional Words | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Mrs. Orman's Classroom


One of the keys to writing is using appropriate transitional words and phrases. For students who struggle with writing a cohesive essay or paper, it is essential that they use words that not only create a natural flow or progression, but link each point together.


Using transitions is also a key aspect in each type of writing in the Common Core State Standards. For example, read the following writing standards for grades 9-10:

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A #CommonCore Learning Community For Teachers: MasteryConnect

A #CommonCore Learning Community For Teachers: MasteryConnect | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Erin Klein


I actually started on MasteryConnect by using the free app that allows you to always have all of the Common Core Standards at your fingertips.

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PARCC Prototype Assessments: "good as far as it goes"

PARCC Prototype Assessments: "good as far as it goes" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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This work is good as far as it goes. Yet with the clock ticking, one hopes that illustrative history-focused prototypes appear soon.

In this release, PARCC does not yet attempt to address here the many logistical challenges that high stakes online testing raises. Those questions like many others, will have to wait.

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Writing: Implementing the #Common Core in High School English: Essay Process

Writing: Implementing the #Common Core in High School English: Essay Process | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Incorporating the Common Core Standards into your language arts curriculum is not that hard to do. Learn how to incorporate the five writing standards into your lesson plans with an example or assigning and completing an essay in your classroom.
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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  Thomas Edison | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Implementing the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards will require a belief that given sufficient time and proper support, students can demonstrate learning at higher levels--college- and career-readiness.

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Educators anxious about switch to Keystone Exams

Educators anxious about switch to Keystone Exams | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Students across Pennsylvania begin taking the much-anticipated Keystone Exams next month, but many educators worry whether they will take the tests as seriously as they...
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Use of Blogging to Address the #CommonCore | Eric Sheninger

One major instructional shift required by the Common Core Curriculum Standards is the increased emphasis on the use of informational texts.

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