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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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