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Core2Class: CCSS ELA and IAS ELA in Focus

Core2Class: CCSS ELA and IAS ELA in Focus | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I have been struck by the fact that very few folks with strong opinions for or against the standards seem to have much in-depth knowledge of what is actually in either the Common Core ELA or the Indiana Academic Standards (IAS) for ELA.  We hear lots of talk about the high regard we hold for the IAS document (even if our state test does an inconsistent job of holding students accountable for meeting the standards), but there is very little explanation, if any, as to how IAS and CCSS compare (let’s hope the IN DOE is working on this now!)  At first glance, it’s hard to ignore the similarities that exist between the IAS and Common Core ELA, particularly when it comes to how much priority teachers should be placing on the teaching of informational texts.

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Core2Class: What are you Doing Differently to Align with CCSS?

Core2Class: What are you Doing Differently to Align with CCSS? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In Doug Lemov’s recent online “interview” with policy and curriculum expert, Kathleen Porter-Magee (the Fordham Foundation’s Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow and newly-hired senior policy adviser at the College Board), he asks her what “2 or 3 concrete things you’d do to align to CC.”   She provides three elements that define what “Common Core-aligned” really means:
  1. Put text selection at the front and center of curriculum planning.
  2. Spend lots of time writing good text-dependent questions.
  3. Build instructional units based on a careful sequencing of related texts.
I would add one more element to Porter-Magee’s list.
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