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SAT exam to be redesigned

SAT exam to be redesigned | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The famed SAT college admissions exam will undergo a thorough redesign by the College Board, which is calling the effort an "ambitious effort" to "better meets" the needs of students and schools.


The College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the SAT, late last year appointed a new president, David Coleman, who was a co-writer of the Common Core State Standards. In a recent speech at the Brookings Institution,Coleman said he has a number of problems with the SAT as now written, including with its essay and vocabulary words. (You can read about that here.)

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More Lessons and Resources From Achieve The Core

More Lessons and Resources From Achieve The Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Liven up your math class with a quick Annotated Task. Available for every grade, these mathematic tasks exemplify the focus, coherence, and rigor of the Standards. For more Common Core-aligned tasks and lesson ideas, check out Illustrative Mathematics.

 

 

Explore the ELA/Literacy Bank. Here you will find a library of hundreds of free, teacher-developed Common Core-aligned lessons to use alongside the popular stories, nonfiction texts, basal readers, and anthologies you’re already using in your classroom.

Achievethecore.org materials are all free and designed for you to download and adapt to meet the needs of your students.

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10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests

10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

According to Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium saw “significantly” fewer problems than it had expected during its spring 2014 field tests. “Things went more smoothly than our expectations,” said Redd. “We didn't have any systemwide issues; issues that happened tended to be isolated." That lack of major issues was in large part due to the efforts of educators all over the country who put in the time to make sure everything would work before nearly 5 million students showed up to take the field tests — whether for Smarter Balanced, PARCC or one of the alternative state online initiatives. The lessons that the field testers learned last spring can help you prepare so that your school or district's experience with the real deal goes as smoothly as possible.

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Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.
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A five minute story about Reading in a Common Core classroom and a breath of fresh air.  

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Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I'm writing a series of blogs titled "Get Common Core Ready" that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation
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Access 23 free Common Core iTunes U courses

Access 23 free Common Core iTunes U courses | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD has debuted the Common Core Resources Project on iTunes U. The Common Core Resources Project is a curation of instructional resources and assessment sample items that will help educators successfully implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and teach effectively using iPads. The project features 23 iTunes U courses that are free to all educators through ASCD on iTunes U and the ASCD EduCore® site. The courses, designed by teacher teams comprised of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of PARCC Educator Leader Cadres, and ASCD teachers, are focused on CCSS for math and English language arts at each grade level from K–12.

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Testing Overload in America’s Schools

Testing Overload in America’s Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New, more rigorous tests that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards—which serve as guideposts for what students in grades K-12 should know in reading and math—will be administered broadly this school year. The prospect of this expanded rollout has spawned growing concern among teachers over how the results will be used to evaluate teacher and school performance. At the same time, the new tests have generated hope among advocates that the low-quality, fill-in-the-bubble tests that states currently use, and the added assessments that districts require to compensate for them, will finally become a thing of the past.

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Takeaway: The intent is that better designed and more rigorous assessments will replace low end bubble-type assessments thus driving improved student learning outcomes.

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Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products

Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As the Common Core State Standards have reached into schools and classrooms, we've written a lot about the lack of good, aligned instructional resources for them. We've written, too, about projects such as EQuIP, which are trying to fill that vacuum by analyzing materials and posting their reviews.

 

Since we first wrote about EQuIP, back in February, the organization has added many new sets of math and English/language arts materials to its website. About 50 lessons and units with positive ratings are now part of EQuIP's online library of exemplars. (EQuIP doesn't post the ones with negative reviews.)

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WKSU News: Tallmadge teacher uses honor as a platform

WKSU News: Tallmadge teacher uses honor as a platform | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"We’re now asking kids to do critical thinking again, where before, we were more or less imparting content just for the sake of regurgitation on a test and it wasn’t really serving a purpose," Michalec says. "When I look at Common Core, I’m looking at a return to fundamentals."
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For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity

For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Women and girls continue to benefit from dramatically increased educational opportunities. Due in large part to the success of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, more than half of the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees awarded by U.S. colleges today are earned by women. Yet despite this progress, large gender-based disparities and inequities in education and employment persist. In particular, girls of color and girls from low-income backgrounds underperform academically compared with their white, higher-income peers

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Survey: Common Core standards working well

Survey: Common Core standards working well | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Common Core academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy, but teachers in states where the math and reading standards have been in place longest say they work well.
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Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC

Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC has created a list of valuable resources for educators. Be sure to download and share with your colleagues today.  

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How Google Apps for Education Can Help You Implement Common Core

Imagine giving more than 5,000 students an e-mail address, access to 30 GB of cloud storage and the ability to collaborate with each other. This is what the Pascagoula School District (MS) did during the 2013-2014 school year. When Mississippi adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010, Pascagoula saw that there would be a growing requirement for increased levels of student collaboration, and students and teachers would need to master technical skills such as keyboarding and online research. The district began preparing by adding thumb drives to the supply lists, but we needed a way for students to connect and collaborate with fellow students as well as teachers. Students also needed a way to share and store documents and class presentations. The solution was Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
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ReadWorks Offers New Common Core-aligned Science Articles for High School Students

ReadWorks Offers New Common Core-aligned Science Articles for High School Students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ReadWorks is a great non-profit service that offers hundreds of lesson plans and more than two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. Recently, ReadWorks added a new batch of science passages with accompanying question sets to use in high school classrooms. 

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Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As districts across the country implement Common Core, educators – such as these in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Calistoga, California, and Wilmington, Delaware – are calling for a restructuring of the school day so that students spend more time in each class. Instead of the typical class period of about 45 minutes, schools are lengthening classes to upwards of 90 minutes to cover all the material and allow teachers to change the way they teach to meet the new requirements.

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Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva

Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Regular Radical readers know that I'm a huge fan of Canva(link is external) -- the digital service designed to make visual design easier for everyone.  What makes Canva so powerful as a classroom application is that kids can create pretty darn stunning images with ease.

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PARCC's December Debut

PARCC's December Debut | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With all of the preparation for the spring 2015 administration of the PARCC summative assessments, it’s easy to forget that PARCC will actually make its debut in just a few weeks.

 

Starting in early December, approximately 30,000 high school students in six states will take PARCC tests for the first time. These are students who attend schools with “fall block schedules” – that is, they take courses that include a full year of content in a single semester.

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4 Keys To Developing Academic Vocabulary

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In this post we present four key ways to support students in their academic language growth, so that they can more meaningfully engage with texts.

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5 Tips to Help Develop Common-Core-Aligned IEPs

5 Tips to Help Develop Common-Core-Aligned IEPs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One challenge for teachers that is not going away this year is figuring out efficient ways to incorporate Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To help, Edudemic has assembled this step-by-step guide with 5 tips for developing Common Core-aligned IEPs.

 
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State names for Common Core standards

State names for Common Core standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
According to a survey by the Education Commission of the States, many states have ditched the Common Core State Standards name in favor of others that don't carry as much political baggage.
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Does this mean that words speak?

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Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges

Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This report, based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of school districts in Common Core-adopting states, examines school districts’ efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 


The report addresses district leaders’ views on the rigor of the CCSS and their impact on learning and instruction, progress on and challenges in implementing the standards, outreach efforts to inform various stakeholders about the CCSS, district collaboration with other entities on various implementation activities, and the types and helpfulness of CCSS-related assistance from the state education agency.

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Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online

Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Schools are preparing for the new Common Core exams, which students will take on a computer.

 

The state's Department of Education expects to phase in the computer-based tests over the next several years, starting as early as the 2015-16 school year, officials said.

 

"The question is not if there will be computer-based testing, but when and how," Education Commissioner John King recently said.

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Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat?

Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This example of leveling—adjusting the difficulty of text to suit the ability of the reader—comes courtesy of Newsela, an online reading program for students in grade three through high school that offers stories about current events “written to multiple levels of complexity.” Although Newsela went live less than 18 months ago, the notion of leveling students’ reading material goes back more than six decades. Today, technology is changing the nature of this long-established pedagogical practice. At the same time, proponents of the Common Core are raising new questions about the educational value of leveling, seconding the standards’ emphasis on having all students grapple with the same “complex texts.”

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 16, 12:19 PM

My thoughts: the Common Core does not promote having students read frustrating text all of the time. Indeed, the standards are about stretching our students' capacities but not at the risk of losing all motivation and curiosity to overbearing challenge. Balance is key to growing background knowledge, deepening reading comprehension (which depends on background knowledge), and strengthening reading persistence. Balance, please.

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Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

About two-thirds of district superintendents say states should stick with their common-core testing consortia, while 16 percent remain on the fence over the issue, according to results from a new survey.

 
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Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.  But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) don’t even mention handwriting, cursive, or manuscript printing. Nevertheless, It is evident that the standards writers expect kids to learn some form of these—since the standards explicitly call for students to engage in written composition; and this would be hard to do if one had no way of getting words on paper.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 12:00 PM

This is a nice short article with a concise summary at the end. It does not diminish keyboarding and leaves it open that handwriting, in its many forms, is an important skill which enables other skills. It does not mean we won't use digital technologies in writing, but we can include many forms of writing.

 

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Shanahan on Literacy: A Closer Look at Close Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: A Closer Look at Close Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

While I understand the purpose of close-reading I don't understand why you should take the time to read deeper into a document. Some things were written simply and what we now interpret as a symbol, may not have been intended to be a symbol. How can we as readers determine what is meant to be read into and what is to be left alone?

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