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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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Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box

Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Idaho developed Common Core toolboxes for English langauge arts and mathematics.


Each toolbox provides an overview of the standards, instructional materials and resources, and information on the new assessments.


Embedded are links to videos and reports to assist educators and the public in better understanding the standards.

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Smarter Balanced Assessment System: Presentation

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Smarter Balanced Assessment System Presentation
This recorded presentation by executive director Joe Willhoft provides an update on the progress of Smarter Balanced.

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Infographic: Speedy Process for Common Standards Adoption | Visual.ly

Infographic: Speedy Process for Common Standards Adoption | Visual.ly | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In less than three years, the Common Core State Standards have vaulted over key hurdles, surprising more than a few naysayers.
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MO Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice

MO Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This summer, Missouri received a waiver from NCLB provisions that removes AYP from a school's report card and does not require districts to offer parents the option to transfer from low-performing Title I schools.
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Common Core Standards Are a 'Heavy Lift' for Districts, Schools - US News and World Report

Common Core Standards Are a 'Heavy Lift' for Districts, Schools - US News and World Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

U.S. News and World Report


The new standards will change high school requirements, but turn out stronger graduates, advocates say.


Find the "Bright Spots"


"We're finding ways to use the current resources we have and tap into the knowledge of the amazing teaching and leadership staff."--John Deasy, Superintendent LAUSD

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Game Planning for Common Core

Game Planning for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Learning Forward


  1. Common Core standards are game changers.
     
  2. Implementation of Common Core standards is not a light-switch change.
     
  3. Any new set of behaviors requires new information, skill development, authentic opportunities to practice with constructive feedback and support and healthy doses of persistence and patience.
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Education Nation: Common core | wcsh6.com

Education Nation: Common core | wcsh6.com | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

At NBC's Education Nation summit a big focus is on new standards in math and reading known as the "Common Core".

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Reading Std #8: Who Was First? Discovering the Americas

Reading Std #8: Who Was First? Discovering the Americas | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading Std #8: Delineate and evaluate argument and specific claims in a text, assessing reasoning & evidence.

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Quick Guide to the Common Core ELA Standards

Quick Guide to the Common Core ELA Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
English Language Arts
  1. The text is more complex.
  2. The text covers a wider range of genres and formats.
  3. There is a greater emphasis on evidence-based questioning.
  4. Students are exposed to more authentic text.
  5. Shared responsibility for students' literacy development.
  6. Focus on academic vocabulary.


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Talking Common Core … with Parents

Talking Common Core … with Parents | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I want parents to understand how things are changing with the Common Core and what that means for their children in my classroom.

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A White Paper on the Common Core Standards

A White Paper on the Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Jay McTighe and I have written a white paper on implementation of the Common Core Standards entitled From Common Core to Curriculum: 5 Big Ideas





Here are the 5 big ideas and an excerpt:

Big Idea # 1 – The Common Core Standards have new emphases and require a careful reading.
Big Idea # 2 – Standards are not curriculum.
Big Idea # 3 – Standards need to be “unpacked.”
Big Idea # 4 – A coherent curriculum is mapped backwards from desired performances.
Big Idea #5 – The Standards come to life through the assessments.


Link to Common Core White Paper: http://grantwiggins.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/mctighe_wiggins_final_common_core_standards.pdf


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My View of the Common Core Standards | Diane Ravitch

I have neither endorsed nor rejected the Common Core national standards, for one simple reason: They are being rolled out in 45 states without a field trial anywhere. How can I say that I love them...
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NCLB Clock on "Pause" For 7 States

NCLB Clock on "Pause" For 7 States | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Iowa, which had its request for wiggle room from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act turned down, got another kind of reprieve from the U.S. Department of Education: the chance to freeze its Annual Measurable Outcomes (goals for student proficiency) under the NCLB law for one year, while it works towards waiver approval.


And today, the department announced that six other states, Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, and West Virginia, can also hit the pause button on their AMOs for the coming school year, while they work on their waiver plans. 


The option was designed to give states that are planning to apply for a waiver in the early fall a "transition year" so they're not completely stuck with NCLB while they work on their waiver. Alabama, Alaska, Maine, and West Virginia are in that position.

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PARCC Recent Update: 9/18/12

Audra McPhillips, from the WWPS, shares information regarding PARCC. This webinar is a repeat performance of Monday, 9.17.2012.
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What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects?

What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading Like a Historian: Sourcing


Sourcing documents is a key skill within the curriculum for Reading Like A Historian. Discover a way to structure a sourcing lesson for your High School History class.


What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects? In short, this means that because we don’t read novels the same way we read science labs or the same way we read histories, all of us get to teach the different faces of literacy.

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Two Versions of 'Common' Assessments Eyed by SBAC

Two Versions of 'Common' Assessments Eyed by SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Amid concerns about the time and expense of testing, a 25-state coalition plans to offer the choice of both a shorter and longer assessment pegged to the common-core standards.


Instead of designing one test for all of them, (SBAC) will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version.


The evolving two-pronged approach would give states the option of using a version of the Smarter Balanced test whose multiple sessions and classroom activities span

  • nearly 6½ hours in grades 3-5
  • close to seven hours in grades 6-8
  • eight hours in high school


or the group’s original version, which lasts about four hours longer in grades 3-8 and about five hours longer in high school.

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Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Not long ago, a survey of teachers found large numbers sizing up the Common Core State Standards as pretty similar to what they're already teaching. The architect of the survey, William Schmidt of Michigan State University, saw in this a distressing sign that too many teachers don't grasp the depth of the change the standards represent, so they might well resist embracing it (or, he theorized, they simply hadn't read the standards).
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Great article about CCSS being implemented in the classroom.  Interesting to think about how big the gap is between what the students are expected to do, and what they can actually do. 

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How the Common Core changes everything

How the Common Core changes everything | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
20 ways education will never be the same...
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"scores are going to be bad and there is going to be hell to pay politically" - Grant Wiggins

"scores are going to be bad and there is going to be hell to pay politically" - Grant Wiggins | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The harm of local grading in a world of standards: what NAEP reveals (Thoughtlessness part 4)


By Grant Wiggins


"Once again the recently released NAEP results reveal that American student achievement in writing is far worse than local report cards would have us believe. If the new assessments for Common Core are going to be as demanding as NAEP tests are – a likely bet – then we have a disaster in the making: scores are going to be bad and there is going to be hell to pay politically (since NAEP is not district-level reported and typically flies below the layperson radar)."

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Expand Support of Training for 'Middle Jobs'

Expand Support of Training for 'Middle Jobs' | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new report calls for federal investment in training for jobs that require education beyond high school, but short of a bachelor's degree, calling such jobs a crucial ticket to a middle-class life.


The study, released today by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, mines a territory that's drawing increasing amounts of attention: the swath of the education landscape that begins with a high school diploma and stops short of a four-year college degree.


The authors define "middle jobs" as those requiring more education than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree, and that pay at least $35,000 per year. Twenty-nine million—21 percent—of the economy's 139 million jobs are middle jobs, the report says, and two-fifths of them pay more than $50,000 per year.


Most middle jobs are reached through five key "pathways:" employer-based training, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, postsecondary certificates, and associate's degrees. Of the $524 billion spent annually on training for these five pathways, by far the most is spent on employer-based training, both on-the-job and in the form of formal courses.

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Quick Guide to the Common Core Math Standards

Quick Guide to the Common Core Math Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

All of mathematics is built on a few basic ideas. The Common Core State Standards aim to have all students thoroughly understand these very few basics (such as how the base-10 system works and what it means to multiply). Students are then asked to use their understanding of these basics, along with important habits of mind such as perseverance and reasoning, to become proficient with the full set of math content standards.

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"The Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use"

"The Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology

By Katie Lepi

Edudemic


If you're a teacher in the US, you've surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools.

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The importance of basic academic skills … and much, much more | Dangerously Irrelevant

The importance of basic academic skills … and much, much more | Dangerously Irrelevant | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Scott McLeod


The following table represents the responses in 2005 of representative samples of American adults, state legislators, school board members, and...

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Common Core is NOT a Curriculum!

Common Core is NOT a Curriculum! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As of July 6, 2012 there are still reports complaining about the "Common Core Curriculum."


The Common Core State Standards are what they say they are--standards. Standards define expectations. Standards do not define how states, districts, or schools should go about meeting expectations via a defined curriculum. It is the job of the states, districts and schools to determine the "how."

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