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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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The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom

The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By David Coleman and Susan Pimentel

Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom.
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Common Core: The Non-Fiction Conundrum

Common Core: The Non-Fiction Conundrum | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
..the fear is that content area teachers will not do their part. For those teachers in content areas, specifically in STEM areas, educators will be tasked with how to integrate reading materials into a subject that is already crowded and doesn't seem to lend itself naturally to literary endeavors.

Left with the fact that language arts teachers shouldn't sacrifice teaching literature and that content-area teachers are not the best at teaching language arts, it seems that to properly implement Common Core, collaboration across subject areas is going to become necessary.
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Education Funding and Standards Should Not Vary

Education Funding and Standards Should Not Vary | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Room For Debate
New York Times
December 10, 2012

By Terry Holiday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education

It is time to look at new funding models that ensure equity of inputs and outcomes for children.
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"from state to state, there was a “common core” of expectations – and that this common core was not nearly as rigorous as what other countries were expecting."

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No More 'Catcher In The Rye'?

No More 'Catcher In The Rye'? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Concern is growing among teachers and parents that literary classics will go the way of the dinosaurs under a set of new national curricular standards.

"In a paper by the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based public policy think tank that is critical of the Common Core, language arts experts Sandra Stotsky and Mark Bauerlein claim that literature will inevitably have a lesser presence in curricula, as English teachers remain the ones held accountable for meeting reading standards in fiction and nonfiction alike.

"It's hard to imagine that low reading scores in a school district will force grade 11 government/history and science teachers to devote more time to reading instruction," Stotsky and Bauerlein wrote."
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"the failure rate will be enormous for years to come and the political pushback will be powerful" Unless

"the failure rate will be enormous for years to come and the political pushback will be powerful" Unless | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Getting real about the Common Core
By Chester E. Finn
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"How many states can withstand not giving diplomas to large fractions of kids who have persisted in school through 12th grade? Yet if they continue to give diplomas to just about everyone who persists, then many of those diplomas will continue not to signify college-workforce readiness and the real-world incentive/benefit effect will continue to be lost."


"it will take a decade or more..."


Recommendations:

  1. set more than one “cut score” on their new exams
  2. award two kinds of high school diplomas
  3. colleges must accept it as evidence of readiness for college-level work
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Without a Common Standard, Students Pay the Price

Without a Common Standard, Students Pay the Price | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New York Times - Room for Debate

By RiShawn Biddle

Standardizing curricula is key to stemming the number of children who drop out of school and into poverty and prison.
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Standardizing curricula is key to stemming the number of children who drop out of school and into poverty and prison.


Higher standards have been proven to improve student achievement.



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Meaningful Assessment: Quality Outcomes not Inputs

Meaningful Assessment: Quality Outcomes not Inputs | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core Big Idea 5: Consider Meaningful Assessment

By Jay McTighe

Editor's note: This is the fifth post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins.
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"When we talk about “high standards” in athletics, music or business: we refer to the quality of outcomes, not the inputs."

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Common Core Wordled!

Common Core Wordled! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This wordle gives us a different way to look at the Common Core State Standards. I just created it using Wordle which, in this case, offers us a useful view about what the Common Core values most at least according...
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The Teacher's Role in Learning

The Teacher's Role in Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Gradual Release...of Responsibility: The Teacher as Coach

By Burkins and Yaris

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  1. The coaching work a teacher does with students
  2. How teachers "demonstrate for students and advocate...
  3. When teachers step back and offer advice only when it is needed
  4. The teacher as "consultant"
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How to Save Common Core

How to Save Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"Reformers" must choose between their value-added models and top down micromanaging of "innovations" and their desire to teach for college and career readiness.
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If our goal is teaching and learning for mastery, we cannot afford primitive test-driven accountability systems that encourage the opposite.

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5 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom

5 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Many educators are facing an enormous transition as we begin the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards over the next few years.
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Building soft skills will increase college readiness

Building soft skills will increase college readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Deseret News

“The research is very strong in showing a correlation between what are called performance strengths — perseverance and grit — and academic success”--Scott Seider
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Plenty of U.S. students are getting into college, but only 55 percent of them are getting out with diplomas, according to the National Center for Education.


"ACT test scores show that less than one-third of U.S. students who take the test are ready for college in all four core subjects areas — English, reading, science and math."

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Closing the reading gap with vocabulary and content

Closing the reading gap with vocabulary and content | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
While there are achievement gaps between low-income and affluent students across content areas, none seem more vexing to close than the reading gap
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30,000 FL graduates take one or more remedial courses in college

30,000 FL graduates take one or more remedial courses in college | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Florida’s remedial education needs are much greater than in many other states. Nationwide, about 40 percent of all first-year students need remedial education before they can enroll in credit-bearing courses
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It is one thing to gain an "intellectual understanding" of the "why" of high standards and college- and career-readines. It is quite another thing to come to "emotional acceptance" of the urgency to adequately prepare students for postsecondary education and training. This article helped me with both issues.


Highlights:


In 2010-11, 54 percent of students coming out of high school failed at least one subject on the Florida College System’s placement test.


Education experts say part of the problem is that a high school diploma has never been the same thing as a certificate of college readiness.


State Tests Never Measured College-Readiness


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been a proponent of the state’s high school exit exam – the FCAT. But now the conservative education advocate admits the test was never meant to determine whether students are prepared for college.


Curriculum Gap


There’s a curriculum gap between what high school students are taught and what they need to know going into college. And it’s been an ongoing problem that state educators have not addressed until recently.



Low Expectations Equal Low Performance


"average 10th-grade student reads at a 7th-grade reading level"


At Miami Dade College, the final project for students in most remedial writing classes is to write a single paragraph by the end of a semester.

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Calculators: Addition not Subraction

Calculators: Addition not Subraction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Stuart Singer, Author of The Algebra Miracle

"The graphing calculator has profoundly changed math education in a positive manner."
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The New Norm: Common Core standards stress deeper learning, practical skills

The New Norm: Common Core standards stress deeper learning, practical skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Rather than having curriculum that forces teachers to race through facts and loads of content, the Common Core State Standards emphasize adjusting curriculum to help students learn more practical and critical-thinking skills that can be applied...
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"Expectations and emphasis on higher-level thinking and practical skills in Advanced Placement and honors classes are high, and they're becoming the new norm for all class levels as schools begin to implement the Common Core State Standards."

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Four Things High School Parents Should Know About Common Core

Four Things High School Parents Should Know About Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Kelsey Sheehy
U.S. News
December 10, 2012

The new standards will mean major changes for students and parents.
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The Common Core State Standards...

  1. are consistent
  2. dictate what, not how
  3. go deeper
  4. are rigorous
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The Intersection Of Technology And The Common Core Standards

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The Intersection Of Technology And The Common Core Standards...
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ROE SchoolWorks's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:58 PM

Interesting site for those watching the technology-side of the Common Core State Standards.

ROE SchoolWorks's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:59 PM

Interesting site for those watching the technology-side of the Common Core State Standards.

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Lack of reading skills ‘alarming’

Lack of reading skills ‘alarming’ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As many as half of third-graders in some of Ohio’s largest urban school districts aren’t reading on grade level. “It’s alarming,” said Jim Herrholtz, an associate superintendent at the Ohio Department of Education.
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Read-Alouds: Matter More in the Age of the Common Core Standards

Read-Alouds: Matter More in the Age of the Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By William Himmele and Pérsida Himmele
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The Key to Building Vocabulary


Carefully selected read-alouds can help us build students' banks of academic vocabulary. 

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Thank you Kim for the rescoop and visit!
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Project-Based Learning & Engagement

Project-Based Learning & Engagement | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Use the Common Core Standards and Project-Based Learning to engage students.
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Will the Common Standards Downsize Literature?

Will the Common Standards Downsize Literature? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What will the Common Core State Standards do to the time-honored place of literature in the English/language arts classroom?
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