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Study supports move toward common math standards

Study supports move toward common math standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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States whose previous standards were most similar to the Common Core performed better on a national math test in 2009.

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Achievement Gaps Grow on Kentucky's New Common Core Tests

All of the achievement gaps between whites and blacks and Hispanic in each grade, in both reading and math, increased from the KCCT to the K-PREP tests, with the exception of the gap in 3rd grade math and 5th grade math between whites and blacks.

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"Best part of #CommonCore is the emphasis on writing (argument)."

"Best part of #CommonCore is the emphasis on writing (argument)." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Writing and Teaching: Common Core and Argument


Basic principles of argumentation:

1. State your position.

2. Provide reasons or evidence for your position.

3. Provide counterarguments or refutations of opposing arguments.

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Indiana's air ball on national education standards

Indiana's air ball on national education standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Indiana State Superintendent of Schools Tony Bennett has advanced some great reforms, but he gambled big in adopting the national Common Core education standards in a state that had some of the best state standards in the country and is...
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CEC: #CommonCore Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know

CEC: #CommonCore Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) released in June 2010 the Common Core State Standards (CCS) for instruction, providing states for the first time with common standards for all students in English/language arts and mathematics.

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Scores Drop on Ky.'s #CommonCore Aligned Tests

Scores Drop on Ky.'s #CommonCore Aligned Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
On the new tests, the first in the nation to be explicitly aligned to the common core, students scoring "proficient" or better fell by a third or more.
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#CommonCore: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability

#CommonCore: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recommendations:


1. Make sure educators deeply understand the standards and the key instructional shifts they require.

2. Vet instructional resources for quality and alignment with the standards.

3. Transform principals into instructional leaders.

4. Listen to educators about their professional learning needs.

5. Maximize opportunities for collaboration and capacity building through professional learning.

6. Engage higher-education partners.

7. Understand and plan for the coming common assessments.

8. Adopt technology to meet teaching and learning needs but that will also work with the new assessments.

9. Align initiatives into comprehensive reforms.

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Common Core, technology will elevate student learning

Common Core, technology will elevate student learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Student performance continues to propel the conversation on what Americans think is wrong with our nation's public education system.
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Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource Center | Edudemic

Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource Center | Edudemic | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Science: Cross Content Literacy in Science Class

Science: Cross Content Literacy in Science Class | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
With the trend of non-fiction material on statewide reading assessments growing, administrators have begun asking teachers in subjects other than English Language Arts (ELA) to start incorporating more reading and writing tasks in their courses.
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Math #CCSS Resources

Math #CCSS Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These mathematical practices describe the expertise and habits of mind that we should develop in students over the course of their K-12 study of mathematics.

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Close Reading with LessonWriter

Close Reading with LessonWriter | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Close reading is not a new concept; engaged readers have always practiced close reading.  However, the Common Core State Standards, which challenge students to dissect and evaluate texts with high degrees of complexity, have ushered in a frenzy of discussion about how best to teach close reading.

 

NOTE:  LessonWriter was a free resource for teachers but now many features are only available by purchase in the Premium edition.  The blog still offers good articles and sources for additional reading.


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Evidence & Arguments: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text via Teaching Channel

Evidence & Arguments: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text via Teaching Channel | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Watch how you can do a literacy analysis with your High School students using evidence and arguments.
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What Do Kentucky Test Results Foreshadow for the Common Core?

What Do Kentucky Test Results Foreshadow for the Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Kentucky unveiled its test results last Friday, and they weren't pretty.


"the percent of students scoring proficient dropped by about one third"


That wasn't quite as bad as Kentucky had predicted, but it was certainly enough to warrant the public-relations push it spent months developing. State officials took pains to explain that this is what happens when tougher standards and tougher tests hold our children to higher expectations. Kentucky's hardly the only state using—or planning to use—this approach.


states are readying themselves for similar communications challenges as their test scores show similar drops in the coming months.



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PARCC States Agree on Common Benchmark for College And Career Readiness

PARCC States Agree on Common Benchmark for College And Career Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

States within the PARCC consortium now have established a common benchmark to define the academic preparation necessary for college and career readiness.


The CCRD policy defines the level of academic preparation in English language arts/literacy and mathematics needed for students to be successful in entry-level, credit-bearing courses in two- and four-year public institutions of higher education. These institutions include technical colleges and other institutions that award degrees or credentials aligned to entry requirements of middle- or high-skilled jobs.


"The adoption of the CCRD also signals that the PARCC assessments will have meaning for students as they progress through high school and beyond. Students who achieve at the CCR level on the high school assessments will be able to enter directly into certain entry-level, credit-bearing courses in those subject areas without having to take placement tests."

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Are You Ready Middle Grades? Next Generation Literacy Assessments

Are You Ready Middle Grades? Next Generation Literacy Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Over the past year, educators in Colorado have been fine tuning their curriculum and instruction to the new literacy standards published by the Common Core State Standards initiative (CCSS) which were adopted by our Colorado Department of Education. Academic specialists have identified 6 Pedagogical Shifts demanded by the Common Core State Standards in Literacy.

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Implementing the #CommonCore State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text" - Aspen DRL

Implementing the #CommonCore State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text" - Aspen DRL | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Sheila Brown, and Lee Kappes. 2012. The Aspen Institute


To assist teachers in understanding and employing the Common Core instructional emphasis on Close Reading in the classroom, this primer addresses the following key questions:


1) What is Close Reading of text, and what are its essential attributes? How, and for what purposes, should teachers employ this strategy?


2) What is the role of background knowledge in the development of reading comprehension, and when should teachers activate and/or provide background knowledge?


3) What should teachers and district leaders consider about Close Reading as they prepare to implement it in practice?

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"CommonCore does not abandon literature,but does require that teachers work more deliberately w/ informational texts."

"CommonCore does not abandon literature,but does require that teachers work more deliberately w/ informational texts." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

You have probably heard some buzz about incorporating a lot more non-fiction in your classroom. Rest assured that the Common Core does not abandon literature, but it does require that teachers work more deliberately with informational texts. This Q/A article will help you to make sense of this shift and provide you with some practical tips and resources to get started.

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Tough new ‘Common Core’ tests designed to better prepare students

Tough new ‘Common Core’ tests  designed to better prepare students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
State education officials say the current method of testing students isn't properly measuring their progress, but they're hoping the implementation of a new set of internationally benchmarked learning standards in English and math will change that.
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High School to model Project-Based Learning (PBL)

High School to model Project-Based Learning (PBL) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Instead of quiet classrooms with teachers lecturing rows of students, at Wheaton High School (MD) the students ran the show and the teachers stood aside.


This is project-based learning (PBL), where educational instruction moves away from a traditional academic setting to an active classroom that encourages collaboration and communication among students.


Wheaton Principal Kevin Lowndes said students are still learning material they need to know to prepare them for college and meet state instructional standards. They’re just doing it in a different way.


“They’re talking through problems and really trying to figure things out to better their understanding of the material,” Lowndes said.

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ELA Common Core State Standards Resources - LiveBinder

ELA Common Core State Standards Resources - LiveBinder | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Resources related to the English Language Arts Curriculum...
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