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Parent Roadmaps for CCSS - English Language Arts

The Council of the Great City Schools has developed content and grade-specific parent roadmaps that provide detailed information for parents about the expectations of the Common Core in English Language Arts and Literacy.

 

These roadmaps include:

1) Examples of grade-level focus in the content area using parent-friendly language

2) Sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core

3) Tips for parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home

 

Grades K-8 Parent Roadmaps for English Language Arts and Literacy have been posted and Spanish-language versions are available in grades K-5. More translations will follow throughout the school year, and high school-level guides will be posted later this fall.

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Achieve the Core: Instructional Practice Guide

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The Instructional Practice Guide includes coaching and lesson planning tools to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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PARCC chief says new tests “beautiful tools”

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“I think they’re really beautiful tools, but they’re just tests,” the CEO of the PARCC testing group told Colorado school administrators Friday. “The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day,”

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“The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day” 


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Student scores have largest one-year drop since MSAs began

Student scores have largest one-year drop since MSAs began | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Student test scores had the largest one-year drop since the Maryland School Assessments began a decade ago — an outcome that many had predicted after officials changed what teachers taught in the classroom but not the annual test.
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What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
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OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment-Creation Tool

OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment-Creation Tool | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

K-12 educational resource catalog OpenEd now offers a free tool designed to enable teachers to create assessments with the question types required by the Common Core State Standards. OpenEd’s assessment-creation tool helps educators to create tests that incorporate their own questions or existing questions automatically suggested by OpenEd’s educational recommendation engine. The assessment tool supports traditional question types such as multiple choice and true or false, as well as newer types such as multiple response, free response and composite items.

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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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Letter: Let’s set record straight about Common Core

Letter: Let’s set record straight about Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
FSSD board member Robin Newman says schools have bigger concerns than state standards
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"Not long ago, Tennessee ranked near the bottom in education compared with other states. But since the adoption and implementation of these standards three years ago, we’ve made the largest leap ever recorded in a national assessment, NAEP. Fourth-graders moved from 46th to 37th in math and from 41st to 31st in reading. Eighth-graders advanced as well. That is cause for celebration. Do we want to return to lower expectations? I think our children deserve better."

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Common Core Is A State-Led Effort

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Kind of sounds like a broken record but still a message that needs to be amplified.  

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Collaborating to Plan Common Core Lessons for ELLs

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We’ve partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) on a new series aiming to show some of the “invisible work” that goes into successful teaching. In this series, called Practice, Planning & Collaboration Around the Common Core State Standards, we get to see the end-result classroom lessons and the planning that went into crafting them.

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11 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading

11 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Close-reading is the product of a dynamic and deeply personal interaction between the reader and a text. It is an active process characterized by questioning, adjusting reading rate, judgement thinking, and dozens of other “strategies” readers use to make sense of what they’re reading.

 

This is an interaction that doesn’t require technology, but can be changed by it.  It is a matter of fluency, strategy, and will. Two of these are easier to promote in students than the third (we’ll let you guess which are which).

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Common Core Standards: When you really think about it this teacher explains...

Common Core Standards: When you really think about it this teacher explains... | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"When you really understand the #CCSS, you start to see there's a lot kids can get out of it" https://t.co/9qKoQVLrou http://t.co/w8uSEeeKkC
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Spotlight on Common Core Strategies for Teachers

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The Education Week Spotlight on Common Core Strategies for Teachers is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

Developing best practices for common core implementationDeepening assessments to create “teacher-researchers” in the classroomUsing teacher collaboration to support the needs of special education and ESL studentsFocusing on oral communication to boost speaking and listening skills in students

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

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Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach

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There are undoubtedly some teachers who dislike the Common Core, but recent polls suggest that most teachers support the new standards. During my three years of teaching (completed a month ago), most of my colleagues and I liked the Common Core. One reason we supported the new standards was because they gave us more freedom. Detractors claim that standards tell teachers how to teach. But I taught Common Core after teaching Tennessee’s state standards, and while Common Core did give me expectations for what my students should know and be able to do by the end of the year (just like the previous standards did), it allowedme to decide what and how to teach.

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During my first years of teaching, the texts we were to teach were dictated as were the objectives for teaching. The curriculum was a good one--I have no doubt that all Common Core Standards would have been met. But...I had no decision making power AT ALL. The #CCSS give the power of choice to the teacher's professional discretion...and that is a good thing.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 15, 9:48 AM

During my first years of teaching, the texts we were to teach were dictated as were the objectives for teaching. The curriculum was a good one--I have no doubt that all Common Core Standards would have been met. But...I had no decision making power AT ALL. The #CCSS give the power of choice to the teacher's professional discretion...and that is a good thing.

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Maine Voices: Nothing sinister in school standards

Maine Voices: Nothing sinister in school standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Education in Maine is a matter of local control, and the Common Core won't do anything to change that.

 

In recent years, I have heard a great deal of criticism of almost every aspect of what we do in our schools. Let me tackle several that are critically important:

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Would you be able to graduate from high school in Maryland? Take the test.

Would you be able to graduate from high school in Maryland? Take the test. | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Maryland education leaders voted this past week to raise the bar for rising ninth- and 10th-graders by requiring them to pass the new PARCC assessments to graduate from high school. The PARCC tests, which are tied to the Common Core curriculum, will replace the current High School Assessments and are considered to be harder. Beginning this school year, rising ninth- and 10th-graders will need to pass English and Algebra I tests in order to graduate.
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If I was prepared adequately? You betcha and so can our students. Higher expectations result in better outcomes.  It takes time, development and grit. #worthit

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

Get Politics Out of the Common Core: The Chronicle of Higher Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, Today, 9:05 AM

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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TouchCast Lesson Plans

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Lessons Plans aligned with the Common Core Standards created by innovative teachers and the EduCast team as examples of best practices.  
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Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it. | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Sometimes, a policy is so dense, so politicized or so boring that it begs for explainers and analyses and charts. It happened with the debt ceiling, it happened with Obamacare and it's happening with Common Core.  What to do when there are so many explanations that a curious individual has difficulty deciding which explanation to trust?

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Schools get an early look at Common Core data

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Local schools can peek at how well their students did on specific Common Core-based standardizedEnglish and math questions, but parents will still have to wait another month for the same information.

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Common Core Overview: The Need for Improved Student Outcomes

A brief overview of the new Common Core State Standards and the importance of raising the bar for all students, featuring teachers, parents, PTA leaders, sch...
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Plan for better student outcomes now to provide greater student incomes in their future. :)

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Reflections on Common Core From Educators

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Granted, and... (some thoughts and oughts from Grant Wiggins)

Granted, and... (some thoughts and oughts from Grant Wiggins) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As Dave Barry used to say, “alert readers will have noticed” that I have been MIA in my blog. I had a good excuse: my last week of work in Paris at ASP and 3 straight weeks of Summer Institutes. I finally have some down time, so before I head to the back porch with a G & T, let me make a few observations.

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Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns

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“We got so interested in Common Core because we saw such a huge number of students not being prepared to go on to college,” Melinda Gatestold Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

 

Gates attributes this to different education standards from state to state. She said it was time for something “different.” That different standard was the Common Core, which has now been adopted fully by 45 states.

 

“We saw the difference they could make in kids lives and we also saw that it brought flexibility to the way you were teaching and that teachers could start to collaborate with one another on lesson plans,” Gates said. “We can help come up with tools that help teachers teach the Common Core. If a teacher wants to teach ‘The Scarlet Letter’ or ‘Beloved’ or ‘The Secret Life of Bees,’ we can have tools there that then help them teach and then scaffold those lessons appropriately to meet the needs of their students.”

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A Parent Sees Positive Changes With the Common Core

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Jaime Hawn knew little about the Common Core when she began volunteering at her children’s Boone County, Kentucky, school. Now she’s a champion for the Core.

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Common Core Video Series: National PTA

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This video series was developed through a partnership with the Hunt Institute as part of National PTA’s ongoing effort to provide accurate information about the Common Core State Standards and to assist PTA membership with developing grassroots advocacy skills.

The Common Core State Standard videos were designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home. The videos highlight three key principles:

We need clear, consistent and rigorous standards across the country to ensure all students—regardless of their zip code—graduate with the higher order thinking skills needed for college and careers. The standards reflect the relevant knowledge and skills that young people need to succeed in college and to build and maintain an American workforce that can compete in the global economy.National PTA’s goal is for parents to be knowledgeable about the standards and new assessments and to support them every step of the way as states transition to the standards.
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