College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
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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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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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Preview two samples of Common Core lessons

Preview two samples of Common Core lessons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

ELA, Grade 7: A 4- or 5-day unit on Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” (about an American prisoner of war in Japan during World War II) and Jeanne and James Houston’s “Farewell to Manzanar” (about an internment camp for Japanese Americans).


Objectives: Push students to think critically about two divergent WWII stories. 


http://www.lohud.com/article/20121028/NEWS03/121027004/Preview-two-samples-Common-Core-lessons?nclick_check=1


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Teaching all that is outlined in most literacy basals has always been a fool's errand- #CCSS and Textbook Alignment

Teaching all that is outlined in most literacy basals has always been a fool's errand- #CCSS and Textbook Alignment | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

When it comes to basals, less is often more.


Make sure you leave critical amounts of time for learners to engage in experiences that help them to wonder, to make, to attend closely to the work at hand, and to reflect.

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Six Guiding Principles for CCSS Implementation

Six Guiding Principles for CCSS Implementation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Six Guiding Principles that educators follow for teaching and learning based of the Common Core State Standards are as follows:

1. Every student has the right to learn
2. Instruction must be rigorous and relevant
3. Purposeful assessment drives instruction and affects learning
4. Learning is a collaborative responsibility
5. Students bring strengths and experiences to learning
6. Responsive environments engage learners

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College-Ready Wars: Common Core vs. ACT and the College Board | NewAmerica.net

College-Ready Wars: Common Core vs. ACT and the College Board | NewAmerica.net | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Author(s):Anne Hyslop
Published: October 11, 2012


More significant, ACT and College Board are positioning themselves to directly compete with the Common Core – and win.


Rather than collaborate with PARCC, ACT announced its own next-generation assessment system, which is aligned to Common Core and includes formative and summative assessments offered from elementary to postsecondary.


Similarly, the College Board’s incoming president and Common Core architect, David Coleman, has big plans for the SAT, “transforming it from an aptitude test intended to control for varying levels of school quality, to a knowledge test aligned with the Common Core.” And don’t forget about College Board’s increasingly-popular Advanced Placement exams, offering students an edge in the admissions process and accepted for credit at many institutions.

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Collaborative Discussion: Common Core Basics

Collaborative Discussion: Common Core Basics | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking standards.
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College Board Puts Spotlight on #ELL students "right to rigor"

College Board Puts Spotlight on #ELL students "right to rigor" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

English-learners' "right to rigor"

  • As many teachers already know—but too many still don't embody in their teaching—students learning English can be robbed of opportunities to grow when they are given watered-down texts in response to their still-developing English-language skills.
  • While the impulse to shift text complexity downward to meet students is understandable, Coleman said, he urged educators instead to teach deep, interesting, complex texts to their English-learners and meet them there with "artful scaffolding." He cast it as a civil rights issue, saying that "once the quality of texts shifts downward, there is no way out" for students, who are then trapped in lower levels of learning and can't catch up to their English-speaking peers.




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Students need more than a diploma

Students need more than a diploma | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Dr. Mel Riddile, director of National Association of Secondary School Principals, told Laurel teachers last week, “It is time to push the re-set button.
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School Librarian's - Resources on the Common Core | School Library Journal

School Librarian's - Resources on the Common Core | School Library Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have become the topic du jour in educational circles, and librarians are key participants in the conversation.

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Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms

Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When it comes to putting the new common standards into classroom practice, dual-language teachers must prepare and adapt their instructional strategies to teach the more-rigorous common standards in language arts and mathematics not only in English, but in a second language.
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Teaching the ABCs of College Costs

Teaching the ABCs of College Costs | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
University of Michigan students upset by the cost of a college degree have a new outlet for their frustration: a one-credit course that delves into the university's own finances.
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Do the Smarter Balanced released assessment items measure up?

Do the Smarter Balanced released assessment items measure up? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The good, the bad, and the ugly of SBAC's preview...
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Evidence is central to all content areas

Evidence is central to all content areas | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Evidence is central to all content areas:

  1. science - evidence can support or dispute a hypothesis as part of an experiment
  2. mathematics - evidence is used in mathematical proofs
  3. social studies - evidence supports trends in political, economic or social thought
  4. English - evidence provides a rationale for an author’s point of view or argument.
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New AP US History Framework | Grant Wiggins

New AP US History Framework | Grant Wiggins | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A brief update from the just-announced framework for AP US History.


  1. depth-over-breadth focus that now underlies all future AP courses
  2. two AP courses per year are being overhauled
  3. will measure student understanding of the themes
  4. questions will combine historical thinking skills with thematically based course learning objectives
  5. emphasize mastery of ideas and skills blended with content
  6. AP teachers are provided with the same flexibility college professors enjoy to emphasize specific historical examples, while de-emphasizing others
  7. exam questions are written in a way that allows students to focus their responses on the historical examples that were taught in their course
  8. relieves the pressure on teachers to cover all possible events and details, and frees them to engage students more deeply in exploring, understanding, and interpreting major historical events.
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What do school-based SLPs need to know about the new curriculum benchmarks?

What do school-based SLPs need to know about the new curriculum benchmarks? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What do school-based SLPs need to know about the new curriculum benchmarks?


What are the Standards?

  • Example 1: Speaking and Listening Standard K-5: Describe people, places, things and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly (1st grade).
  • This standard ties in to the SLP's work on expressive language and improving the use of adjectives. The element of relevance also links to the common work of discussing what an important detail is versus a minor detail.
  • Example 2: Reading Standards for Literature K-5: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text (2nd grade). SLPs frequently work on WH question forms and helping students understand who, what, where, when, and why, but also to gain the skills to be able to respond appropriately to such question forms.
  • Example 3: Reading Standards for Literature K-5: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language (3rd grade).

The CCSS provide a direct link to using classroom text for vocabulary intervention and includes the element of literal and non-literal language concepts, which many students who have language impairments struggle with.

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Schools teeter on the edge of proficiency cliff

Schools teeter on the edge of proficiency cliff | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In the education world, another cliff is on the horizon as the transition to the Common Core looms. In Ohio, let’s call it the 2014-15 PARCC “proficiency cliff.” Everyone – from local educators and parents to state policymakers – should be paying attention and working to ensure student academic progress in Ohio doesn’t slam to a halt like the nation's economy might. Consider the chart below.

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Are your students familiar with the five most common text structures for non-fiction?

Are your students familiar with the five most common text structures for non-fiction? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Do you teach non-fiction text structures? Are your students familiar with the five most common text structures for non-fiction? In welcoming the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools acro...
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7 Ways To Become A Better Close Reader And Writer | Edudemic

7 Ways To Become A Better Close Reader And Writer | Edudemic | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Since writing involves providing someone (even if it’s just yourself) with reading materials, trying to comprehend what all that entails is an excellent idea for improving your chosen method of self-expression.


But the best reading is reading accompanied by a functioning knowledge of how to understand and absorb information rather than mere skimming. Fortunately for you, the audience at home, the following tips and tricks might from Online College Courses very well make it happen.

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Effective Principals raise student achievement by between 2 and 7 months in a single school year.

Effective Principals raise student achievement by between 2 and 7 months in a single school year. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

School Leaders Matter : Education Next

Winter 2013


Our results indicate that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year

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I scooped this resource because I was intrigued how a principal can raise student achievement. Is there a secret sauce? I applaud the article that points out that many schools with privileged populations and admirable student achievement do not necessarily have principals who are effective. I've done much studying on the concept of "value added measures" and certainly the demographics and student populations a school serves plays a large role in student achievement. Regardless of the individual differences, how much is the principal contributing to the overall achievement that is yielded? Would it be better or worse with someone else at the helm?  

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Computer Adaptive Testing: Results quickly, reduced testing time, more reliable data

Computer Adaptive Testing: Results quickly, reduced testing time, more reliable data | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Michelle Davis

Education Week

October 17, 2012


As many states move to put in place online testing by the 2014-15 school year, at least 20 have indicated they plan to use new computer-adaptive versions of the tests.


Benefits of Computer Adaptive Assessments


When Delaware switched to computer-adaptive testing for its state assessments three years ago, officials found the results were available more quickly, the amount of time students spent taking tests decreased, and the tests provided more reliable information about what students knew—especially those at the very low and high ends of the spectrum.


Learning Curve


But the path to launching those tests involved a significant education of students, parents, and teachers, a sizeable technology investment by the state, and the development of hundreds of test items for every exam.

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