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Helping teachers complement, support and extend curriculum based on the CCSS to improve student learning outcomes for all students.
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Does the Common Core say 3 times 4 is 11?

Does the Common Core say 3 times 4 is 11? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Do the Common Core State Standards really tell you to teach 3 times 4 is 11? Or is there more to the hype?
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Although most of my study and interest focuses on K-12 ELA Common Core, this article was too good to pass up.


Why do I like it? Because the teacher took the time to determine where the misconception, misunderstanding, or in this case, the miscount took place.  Time consuming, yes, but the way we teach students to THINK, not just memorize


And when I read the comment on the bottom, I just HAD to scoop the article. Really? Common core substituting classic literature with statist propaganda? I think that concern has been met head on several times. 

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Congratulations to our 2013 Top 10 LiveBinders Winners!

Congratulations to our 2013 Top 10 LiveBinders Winners! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in the Top 10 contest.  We really appreciate the hard work that went into creating and updating your binders to keep them useful and engaging throughout the year – well done!

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I've used LiveBinders a lot this year! Congrats to the recently recognized "best binders." There's a little something for everyone here. Check them out here.

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Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba

Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Jazon Zimba is founding principal of Student Achievement Partners (SAP) and the man who is leading SAP after David Coleman went to head up the College Board. SAP is a major player in Common Core implementation.


Zimba was the lead writer on the Common Core mathematics standards. He earned his doctorate in mathematical physics from Berkeley, co-founded the Grow Network with Coleman, and previously taught physics and math at Bennington College. I'd never met Zimba, until we had the chance to sit down last week.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Zimba shares more about the writers of the Math CCSS and how feedback was sought and implemented in writing and revising the standards:


"The writing team, consisting of William McCallum, Phil Daro, and myself, worked within a working group of experts including state math directors, mathematicians, education researchers, and teachers. Drafts went out to all the states periodically, which led to mountains of feedback. A feedback committee, a validation committee, and educator organizations brought in by CCSSO and NGA such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics also commented on drafts and offered a lot of feedback. I remember when the draft was still very rough, the American Federation of Teachers put Bill and me in a room with a group of practicing teachers. They came from across the country with their drafts covered in red ink. They weren't gentle with us, but we made a lot of progress that day. And later, of course, there was the release of the public draft - after that, we got something like 10,000 public comments from individuals and organizations."


"So if you ask what role the other writers and I played, it was certainly about writing and taking first cuts at things. But it was even more about reading, listening, revising, and finding ways to problem solve and reconcile all the different signals. During this process, we went back to the evidence continually -- the available research, the best of previous state standards, the major reports, and international comparisons."

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Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts

Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A collection of Common Core Resources written for Utah teachers that provides many valuable resources for teachers in all states.

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With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously

With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As states adopt the new Common Core standards for math education, teachers prepare for a shift from breadth to depth, particularly in the earlier grades.
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Khan Academy to Focus on Common-Core Math With Private Grant

Khan Academy to Focus on Common-Core Math With Private Grant | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A $2.2 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust will help Khan Academy expand offerings to help teachers and students with the common-core math standards.
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A Conversation with William H. Schmidt

AERA sits down for a conversation with William H. Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, College of Education and Chair, and senior author of the Educational Researcher article "Curricular Coherence and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."

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Answers the questions: Should Math CCSS be implemented and why.

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