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A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core'

A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core' | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New assessments for the Common Core State Standards Initiative should pay particular attention to how formative tests designed within the assessment systems can improve outcomes for English-language learners, a researcher from WestEd contends in a paper released this week. He says that formative assessments should directly inform teacher instruction and student learning through various practices, tools, and processes.


While the least used in U.S. schools, formative assessments may hold the greatest promise for improving outcomes for English-language learners, Linquanti says. He writes that formative assessments take place within instruction through informal observations and conversations as well as carefully planned methods that give teachers a chance to gather evidence.

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Alabama Withdraws From Both Testing Consortia

Alabama Withdraws From Both Testing Consortia | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In an email to EdWeek, the state's assessment director, Gloria Turner, confirmed that Alabama has bowed out of both the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. She said the department of education "has decided to go in another direction," but didn't offer any more detail.

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A Common Core Standards defense

A Common Core Standards defense | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Earlier this week I published a tough critique on the Common Core State Standards in regards to early childhood education by educators Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Ed Miller, who said the standards are "a threat" to young students.
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Hirsch provides many interesting counter claims to Paige and Miller's article stating that CCSS are an actual threat to young students.

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What Are School Boards Asking About Common Core?

What Are School Boards Asking About Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A full hour of the meeting had been set aside to help board members know what the Common Core standards meant for the curriculum in the district and state, as well as what steps the district was taking to implement the standards. Without a doubt, Jefferson County central office leaders have taken substantive and aggressive steps to prepare for and initiate implementation of the new standards by establishing a rich online resource of materials for teachers; engaging teachers in training; and supporting principals in leading change efforts.


Board members' questions were insightful and revealed what school board members across the 46 states adopting Common Core both worry about and take responsibility for as leaders and advocates for effective learning for educators and students.

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A new perspective - we've head from teachers, administrators, parents, instructional coaches, curriculum directors, etc. What are school board members asking about common core?

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EDITORIAL: Leave Common Core Standards in place

EDITORIAL: Leave Common Core Standards in place | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Indiana state Sen. Scott Schneider's legislation to overturn the Indiana State Board of Education's decision to adopt the Common Core Standards must be defeated.
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Apparently Indiana is shaping up to be a "battleground" state when it comes to CCSS?  

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Leading in the Middle : Using the Common Core State Standards to Establish Vertical Alignment

Leading in the Middle : Using the Common Core State Standards to Establish Vertical Alignment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the greatest attributes of the Common Core State Standards is its articulation of grade level benchmarks.  The standards outline a step by step progression from one grade level to the next, defining learning outcomes that build upon one another, ultimately leading to mastery of the anchor standard.

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Common-Core Rollout in Big Cities Probed in New Report

Common-Core Rollout in Big Cities Probed in New Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Many large urban districts expect to fully implement the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year, according to a new report that offers a closer look at how the standards are playing out in major urban centers.


Districts also report that elementary students are being exposed sooner to the new standards for English/language arts and mathematics than those at the middle and high school level.

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For English, the most common activities cited were:

• Building a shared understanding of the common core among staff;
• Using rich informational texts to build background knowledge;
• Building students' academic vocabulary; and
• Teaching complex text using close reading analysis.

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CRESST Report Details Smarter Balanced Progress toward Assessment of Deeper Learning | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

CRESST Report Details Smarter Balanced Progress toward Assessment of Deeper Learning | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A new report from UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) finds that the Smarter Balanced assessments will require students to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge in English language arts / literacy and mathematics than current state tests. 

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Stretching into a New Year a la Burkins and Yaris

Stretching into a New Year a la  Burkins and Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

None of us will figure out a perfect Common Core implementation—there will always be new ways to shape and refine our work with students—but we can extend our work in the direction of the Common Core. These extensions of practice align with sound instruction, whether you are thinking about the Common Core or not, so you can adopt and adapt these ideas to fit your practice today. 

Here are five ways you can start stretching:

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Ways to begin today to be more "common 'coreish'"

  1. Plan lessons that address more than one common core state standard.
  2. Select texts that give students a lot to think about.
  3. Make your modeling messier.
  4. Watch and listen more. Talk less.
  5. Foster problem-solving rather than dependence.
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Building the Promise of the Common Core Together | OER Commons

Building the Promise of the Common Core Together | OER Commons | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We provide educators with open source tools and resources needed to actively engage teachers in making education content localized and adapted to their own environments. Today, this means also being able to successfully build a practice around the Common Core. ISKME’s Open Author platform and evaluation rubrics allow curriculum leaders to gather Common Core aligned exemplars and frameworks for their teachers, while at the same time, allowing teachers to build and share high quality OER. Open education tools and resources provide educators with flexibility in instructional resource design necessary to build and sustain instructional shifts and practice around the Common Core.

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Ky. Voices: New standards right to require fiction and nonfiction reading in all classes | Op-Ed | Kentucky.com

Ky. Voices: New standards right to require fiction and nonfiction reading in all classes | Op-Ed | Kentucky.com | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Recently, there has been much discussion about the role of fiction and non-fiction reading in the Common Core State Standards.


The reality is that the Common Core requires students to read a combination of fiction and non-fiction across all classes.


This means the English Language Acquisition classroom will keep the major focus on reading fiction and literature, and the bulk of non-fiction reading will take place in other disciplines, including science, social studies and technical subjects.




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Five Takeaways On Florida’s Switch To New Academic Standards

Five Takeaways On Florida’s Switch To New Academic Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Florida schools are in the midst of switching to new, tougher education standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
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While reading, a thought occurred to me. In education, we've been talking a long time about all teachers being teachers of reading, the importance of collaborating to provide a vertically coherent and rigorous curriculum, and  using technology to help students learn better/faster.


Successfully implementing CCSS will be a natural byproduct of these three important elements we've been talking about for a long time. Yay!

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Shanahan on Literacy: How Can I Teach with Books that are Two Years above Student Reading Levels?

Shanahan on Literacy: How Can I Teach with Books that are Two Years above Student Reading Levels? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What would it look like to scaffold a fourth-grade lesson from a social studies book with children reading at what formerly we would have referred to as a second-grade level? I think there are a number of possibilities.

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Deb Gardner's comment, February 3, 2013 6:59 AM
Fave quote from the article: "There is nothing wrong with trying something and failing the first time." Teaching students to "push through" and persist amidst struggle helps them develop as learners. The key is knowing "when to say say when" and step in to help resource or scaffold.
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Common Core Implementation- Reflecting on the "How"

Common Core Implementation- Reflecting on the "How" | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I am sure like most of my colleagues across the nation, I am spending a significant portion of my time engaged in work that will help our districts, schools, and classrooms transition to full implementation of the Common Core Standards.  I feel fortunate to work with a knowledgeable, thoughtful, and dynamic team of educators, and what I know is that every time we sit down together to evaluate and modify our plan, we get reminded of just how many pieces there are in the puzzle, and also how important this work is.  I wrote a post awhile ago focused on the “why” of Common Core and how it is essential to help educators understand the “why” and not just the “what” of the standards, but where I find I am spending most of my time and mental energy these days is on the “how”.

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Tips for Teaching Visual Literacy for the Common Core

Tips for Teaching Visual Literacy for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Visual literacy is also a requirement of the Common Core State Standards. Standard 7 for Reading Literature asks students to compare texts to visuals. The standard gets increasingly complex as you move up the grade levels.

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Includes helpful resource here regarding  visual literacy from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

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Reading, Writing and Summarizing

Reading, Writing and Summarizing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Great strategy for teaching informational text and central ideas under Common Core Standards.
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Helpful post written by Dr. Linder on the interplay between reading and writing when it comes to summarizing.  Although writing summaries does not appear in the standards until fourth grade, the term is frequently used in K-3 classrooms where what the teacher really expects is retelling.  What's the difference between paraphrasing, retelling and summarizing? Helpful resource here


Regarding summarizing, my biggest take-away from the ReadingQuest webpage is:  "teaching summarizing is no small undertaking. It's one of the hardest strategies for students to grasp, and one of the hardest strategies for you to teach. You have to repeatedly model it and give your students ample time and opportunities to practice it."  

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Teaching Objects: Common Core Standards Aligned Lesson Plan Organizer

Teaching Objects: Common Core Standards Aligned Lesson Plan Organizer | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Cloud-based lesson plan organizer allows teachers to aggregate learning assets from Google Drive and YouTube and align lessons with Common Core State Standards.
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I've not tried this but appreciate the fact that it integreates nicely with other Google apps for teachers. Promotes collaboration and increased productivity.

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Literacy: Introduction to Text Complexity

Literacy:  Introduction to Text Complexity | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards require that all students be able to read and comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school so that they can independently read a range of texts. We have worked with several schools via our Secondary Literacy Pilot to glean understandings about the challenges and realities of this work. Several of the resources that are available on this page have been co-developed with NYC teachers. Currently, we have made several resources on Text Complexity available. 

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Includes a text complexity analysis protocol, and rubrics for determining text complexity for literature and informational text.

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Text Complexity Band Rubric

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Schools Launch Programs to Help Parents Learn About Common Core

Schools Launch Programs to Help Parents Learn About Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The words “Common Core Standards” have been on the tongues of education experts for the last year, and no wonder — almost every state has now committed to implementing the CCS and putting it into practice as early as next year. But one group that has been mostly left out of the discussion: parents. Although their children are going to be directly impacted by the CCS, many do not have any idea what those changes really mean.


Now schools around Georgia are taking aggressive steps to close that knowledge gap byoffering training to both parents and students to help them understand what CCS is really all about. One event was held at Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna last week, and over 40 people showed up for their Common Core crash course.

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Grounded in evidence. Part 3: Constructed responses based on evidence

Grounded in evidence. Part 3: Constructed responses based on evidence | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Structural strategies are the first essential tool in that [writing constructed response] process. Solid sentence structure, followed by solid paragraph structure provides young writers with a strong base for their responses. From there, students can begin focusing on adding in the bells and whistles. I know this might seem like the wrong approach to some, but I find it works. The students who already come into third grade with a solid understanding of structure can work with me right away on adding the bells and whistles, in their differentiated writing groups.

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How School Leaders Can Successfully Implement the Common Core State Standards

How School Leaders Can Successfully Implement the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The ultimate success of a thorough and complete implementation of the Common Core State Standards rests, to a great extent, on the ability of school leaders to provide support and direction for teachers. The standards call for a transformation of the way we do business in providing instruction. To facilitate this transformation, school leaders themselves must undergo a change in how they lead their schools and districts.

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The Need for College-Preparatory Curricula | Dropout Nation

While the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 2014-15 will not solve the problem of providing equality of educational opportunities to all students, it is part of the solution.
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Cutting to the chase

Cutting to the chase | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As the U.S. education world eagerly awaits more information about the new assessments that two consortia of states are developing to accompany the Common Core standards, dozens of perplexing and important questions have arisen: Once the federal grants run out, how will these activities be financed? What will it cost states and districts to participate? Who will govern and manage these massive testing programs? What about the technology infrastructure? The list goes on.

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For Mr. Finn, however, it's all about the cut scores!

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Use the MasteryConnect iPad App to Quickly Identify Common Core Standards

Use the MasteryConnect iPad App to Quickly Identify Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the many things that MasteryConnect offers is a free iPad and iPhone app that helps you quickly identify the Common Core Standards for the grade levels and content areas that you teach. To find the standards simply select math or language arts, choose your grade, then tap on any of the listed standards to read their details. The MasteryConnect iPad app also includes the college and career readiness standards. The app is handy when you need to quickly find language of a particular standard.

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Just in case you're not using this app, here it is again. It's useful!

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