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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » PARCC Completes Field Testing of Common Core Assessments

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » PARCC Completes Field Testing of Common Core Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

So how can teacher educators prepare for the assessments? Just as I’ve written in ASCD’s “Inservice” blog in previous months (see here and here), teacher educators can use the same resources that teachers have been using in the professional learning communities in their schools and districts to connect good assessment with good instruction. PARCC states have produced a number of sample items and documents, from the Model Content Frameworks to evidence statements to scoring rubrics to performance-level descriptors, that demystify the process of assessment construction and provide a bridge from the assessment to classroom practice. 

 
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Get Politics Out of the Common Core: The Chronicle of Higher Education

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There can be no significant reform of higher education without a major overhaul of primary education and extensive changes in secondary education. One of the reasons students are graduating without being prepared to compete in today’s workplace is that far too many arrive at college without the knowledge and background to do college-level work. They have to spend their time catching up rather than taking the courses they need for their degree programs.

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What do effective people in colleges/careers need to know and be able to do? Start there. Work backward. Changes are needed. Simple as that. 

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Yes...get politics out of education reform. This has been the mantra of my voice for months. As the author Mark Taylor states, "educational reform has, until recently, been a bipartisan issue. In the current climate, however, the facts in a crucial national debate are being—intentionally or unintentionally—distorted." The Presidential election is causing some governors who previously supported the CCSS to feel squeamish--worried about how their constituency views what is a good decision. Please, leaders of states, don't let education revert to bad policy for lack of your courage.

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Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states on Tuesday announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core education standards rolling out in most states.

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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Webinar Series to Offer Resources, Tools on Common Core

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Webinar Series to Offer Resources, Tools on Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

AACTE has partnered with Achieve Inc. to provide a series of webinars on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) this spring for teacher preparation programs.

 

In the summer and fall of 2013, AACTE surveyed its members about the activities programs have undertaken relative to CCSS and what resources AACTE might provide to support members’ understanding and capacity to address the standards. A majority of respondents cited access to CCSS-aligned lesson plans and rubrics as the number-one resource they needed.

 
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Why We All Have a Stake in the Common Core Standards

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To understand the rationale for the Common Core requirements, however, we must shift to what happens after high-school graduation. When ACT, one of the best-known judges of college readiness, examined why so many first-year students end up in remedial courses and perform poorly, it identified one factor above all others: "Performance on complex texts is the clearest differentiator in reading between students who are likely to be ready for college and those who are not." Students three months out of high school enroll in freshman composition, a survey of U.S. history, and Econ 101 eager and hopeful, only to find that they can’t comprehend a Supreme Court opinion, 100-year-old oration, contemporary poem, and other texts.

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States to Focus on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

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The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Maryland, Missouri and Nevada—to receive assistance in mapping and executing the postsecondary implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Smarter Balanced Celebrates Successful Practice Run

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Smarter Balanced Celebrates Successful Practice Run | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This coming school year, a majority of states will implement the Common Core State Standards and corresponding assessments from either the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. To prepare for the new assessments, both consortia field-tested thousands of test items this spring. AACTE asked each consortium to provide our members with an update on its progress. This post addresses Smarter Balanced; find the PARCC update here. The views in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.


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The scale and scope of this “practice run” of new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards was truly unprecedented; 4.2 million students participated, making this field test the largest online assessment in the nation’s history.

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Report: Higher education behind on Common Core - The Hechinger Report

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation, which finds that “there is little …
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Use the Common Core. Use It Widely. Use It Well.

Use the Common Core. Use It Widely. Use It Well. | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
It’s time for higher education to refocus the conversation where it belongs: on improving the preparation of students for the world that awaits them after high school.
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Sorry Professor, a Love of Reading Simply Is Not Enough

Sorry Professor, a Love of Reading Simply Is Not Enough | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Last weekend Aaron Barlow, an associate professor of English at the New York City College of Technology published a scathing review of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on Academe Magazine’s Blog. His basic idea is that the English Language Arts standards will not prepare students to be successful in his Composition and Literature classes.

To arrive at this conclusion, Barlow sets out his standard of college-readiness (although I hesitate to call “what it takes to be successful in my class” anything resembling a rigorous standard and certainly not a scientific evaluation):


If a student comes into my classroom with curiosity piqued by broad exposure to cultural, historical and scientific information and the ability to sit down and read a book  with pleasure for an hour at a time, that student will succeed in my class. That student is primed for the dynamic conversations at the heart of learning…

 

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The author writes: So, boiling it down, to be successful in professor Barlow’s class the only requisites are that you enjoy reading, have a broad curiosity, and can sit still for at least an hour — never mind the need to be able to analyze what you’re reading, draw conclusions, deconstruct theme, or even write yourself (which is ironic considering he teaches composition). These skills – knowledge that is built only through extensive instruction and practice – are apparently superfluous for college-readiness.

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The Strength Lies in the "Core"

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Whether we're talking long distance running, weight lifting or teaching, the strength lies in the core.  Richard Scharam, of Inside Higher Ed, writes to  the audience of stakeholders in higher education and what the Common Core might mean for teacher education.  Not only are expectations higher for students, teachers also will need time and resources to prepare for more rigorous teaching.

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States to Focus on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

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The National Governors Association (NGA) announced the selection of three states—Maryland, Missouri and Nevada—to receive assistance in mapping and executing the postsecondary implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


The CCSS represent a major step forward in efforts to continue and accelerate education reform, with far-reaching implications for both K-12 and postsecondary education. 

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