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Computer Science Teachers Association links their standards with CCSS

Computer Science Teachers Association links their standards with CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

When designing state and district standards and school courses and curricula, it is often helpful to know how theCSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards correspond with other common national standards. To help with these efforts, we have created a series of downloadable documents that match the CSTA standards to the following standards documents:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • STEM Cluster Topics
  • Partnership for the 21st Century Essential Skills
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Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. These standards represent a common sense next step from the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).

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New website unpacks the Common Core standards for educators, parents | eSchool News

New website unpacks the Common Core standards for educators, parents | eSchool News | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Scholastic has launched a new website, “Common Sense for the Common Core,” that aims to help teachers, school leaders, and parents understand the standards, and provides instructional programs to implement them.


Built in consultation with Common Core experts, the website answers questions about the standards and points parents and teachers toward resources to help them understand what is changing and what is not.

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Common Core Quick-Start: How the Arts Intersect with the Common Core State Standards

Common Core Quick-Start: How the Arts Intersect with the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Though the arts are among the first programs on the chopping block when school budgets are tight, they are not fluff: Research suggests that the arts foster critical thinking skills and processes that prepare students for college and the workplace. According to the 2012 report (PDF) by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, "the arts promote work habits that cultivate curiosity, imagination, creativity, and evaluation skills," and are "a basis for success in the 21st century" (2010, p. 2).

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A Wealth of Words by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., City Journal WInter 2013

A Wealth of Words by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., City Journal WInter 2013 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary.


There’s a positive correlation between a student’s vocabulary size in grade 12, the likelihood that she will graduate from college, and her future level of income. The reason is clear: vocabulary size is a convenient proxy for a whole range of educational attainments and abilities—not just skill in reading, writing, listening, and speaking but also general knowledge of science, history, and the arts. If we want to reduce economic inequality in America, a good place to start is the language-arts classroom.


The fastest way to gain a large vocabulary through schooling is to follow a systematic curriculum that presents new words in familiar contexts, thereby enabling the student to make correct meaning-guesses unconsciously. Spending large amounts of school time on individual word study is an inefficient and insufficient route to a bigger vocabulary. There are just too many words to be learned by 12th grade—between 25,000 and 60,000. A large vocabulary results not from memorizing word lists but from acquiring knowledge about the social and natural worlds.

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E.D. Hirsch offers three practical recommendations to improve students' vocabularies.

  1. better preschools
  2. classroom instruction based on domain immersion
  3. teaching a specific cumulative, coherent, curriculum sequence across grade levels (beginning with preschool)


He claims the last of these, and the most important, is most difficult to achieve.  Hirsch views the Common Core State Standards as the "ray of hope" to achieve improved student learning.

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With New Science Standards Draft Out, Early Impressions Roll In

With New Science Standards Draft Out, Early Impressions Roll In | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With a second and final draft of common science standards issued on Tuesday, this is a critical time as the writers come into the home stretch. I have not gathered a lot of feedback yet from the field, mainly because several experts I contacted said they needed more time to digest the latest iteration. 


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Digital Tools for the Common Core | MiddleWeb

Digital Tools for the Common Core | MiddleWeb | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Teaching consultant Mike Fisher has ideas on how to upgrade your lessons for the Common Core by involving students in creating their own apps and infographics.


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News and 'News Analysis': Navigating Fact and Opinion in The Times

News and 'News Analysis': Navigating Fact and Opinion in The Times | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
How do we distinguish fact from opinion in The Times, and in other news reports? In this lesson, students learn how news and opinion articles are labeled for clarity, then examine articles and opinion pieces on the sentence level.
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New National Curriculum Standards Geared for Global Economy

New National Curriculum Standards Geared for Global Economy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Concern over CCSI, new national curriculum standards for K-12, have sparked controversy over the potential effectiveness of the initiatives.
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Districts Look to E-Rate Program to Help With Common Core Tech Costs

Districts Look to E-Rate Program to Help With Common Core Tech Costs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

District officials are requesting to use those federal funds—which provide schools with discounts on the costs of improving telecommunications services and Internet access—to help them take a variety of steps necessary to administer online tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Those uniform academic expectations have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, and the related tests will be given for the first time during the 2014-15 academic year.


The technology improvements include increasing bandwidth, or the amount of data that can be handled by a network or Internet connection at one time, and revamping internal Internet systems to improve the speed and capability for handling the crunch of online usage created by the tests.

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Video: Barbara Blackburn on Rigor > Eye On Education

Video: Barbara Blackburn on Rigor > Eye On Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Dr. Barbara Blackburn has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. What differentiates Barbara’s 12 books are her easily executable concrete examples based on decades of experience as a teacher, professor, and consultant.

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In this videocast Barbara Blackburn discusses rigor as it relates to the CCSS. It's not what is taught, but how it's taught and assessed.

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Response: Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts (Part 1)

Response: Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts (Part 1) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"How can we best prepare our students for the common core in language arts?"

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Larry checks in with three teachers/instructional coaches on their most important take-aways in preparing teachers and students working with CCSS.

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Accommodations Policies for Public Comment: Reading Access and Calculator for Students with Disabilities | PARCC

Accommodations Policies for Public Comment: Reading Access and Calculator for Students with Disabilities | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC is seeking public comment via online survey on following two policy tems:

  1. The PARCC policy for providing reading access accommodations, specifically for reading aloud the passages, items, and response options on the English Language Arts/Literacy summative assessments, for a small number of students with disabilities who meet the accommodation eligibility criteria; and
  2. The PARCC policy for providing calculator accommodations on the non-calculator test sessions of the Mathematics summative assessments for a small number of students with disabilities who meet the accommodation eligibility criteria.
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Deadline for feedback on accommodations policies via online public suvey is 2-4-13. 

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With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores

With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to raise the cut scores on its state assessment in reading and math, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), based on a proposal from state Superintendent Christopher Koch. ISAT is the state exam given to students in grades 3-8 in reading and math and in grades 4-7 for science. The stated motivation for the decision was to prepare students for the more rigorous exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards set to be administered beginning in 2014-15.

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A Different Type of Common Core

A Different Type of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the most important steps my school has taken in developing a 1:1 iPad program was coming up with a set of “common core” apps. These are apps that teachers have decided will be the universal standard among 9th grade students starting in the coming year. The group of teachers I’m working with has spent most of the first semester playing with a number of apps and coming up with what they believe to be (for the near future) the most user-friendly education apps. The reasoning is that any teacher who has a class of 9th graders can be reasonably confident that all students will have a (relative) proficiency with the apps because time will be dedicated during student orientation to these apps.

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  1. Evernote
  2. Google Drive
  3. Edmodo
  4. Explain Everything
  5. Notability


Apps chosen to fit teacher and student educational needs, not technology needs (as it should be).

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Response: Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts (Part 2)

Response: Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts (Part 2) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How can we best prepare our students for the common core in language arts?"

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Charters Adjusting to Common-Core Demands

Charters Adjusting to Common-Core Demands | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Educators in charter schools are making changes to meet new professional development, curriculum, and technology needs.
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Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden

Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A lack of hardware, a lack of bandwidth, and above all, a lack of time.

Those were among the biggest concerns voiced by Missouri school administrators in a recent statewide survey taken to gauge their capacity to handle the technology requirements associated with implementing online assessments as part of the Common Core State Standards.

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Webinar - Countdown: The Race to Implementing the ELA and Literacy Common Core State Standards

Steve Ventura and Lisa Cebelak identify the essential instructional strategies you'll need for implementing the ELA and Literacy Common Core State Standards. As school districts move from awareness to implementation of the ELA/Literacy Common Core State Standards, many educators are asking "how should we adjust our instruction?" 

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Literacy... not just for implementing in the ELA classroom. 

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Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity

Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity


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  1. Online Databases
  2. Google Search by Reading Level
  3. Juicy Studio
  4. Edit Central
  5. Story Toolz
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Core Connection: Status Check on the Common Core Assessments

Core Connection: Status Check on the Common Core Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Information and guidance on the coming common assessments from PARCC and SBAC have trickled in ever since these two main consortia were funded in late 2010. While this information is helpful, the piecemeal nature of the dissemination has caused frustration for many of those who will be affected by these assessments.

ASCD’s recent report outlined as a part of its recommendations that educators need to understand and plan for the coming common assessments. Toward that end, we put together some information to provide both a macro and micro overview of the common assessments.

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The "thinking forward" concern: Who will “carry the baton across the finish line” after the funding ends?

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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process

Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Organized debates are an engaging way to help students discover, explore and organize ideas during the writing process. 

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Checking in with Common Core Implementation in New Hampshire

Checking in with Common Core Implementation in New Hampshire | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD asked some of our affiliate leaders to tell us how the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been going in their home states. Below, we hear from Bill Carozza, the president of New Hampshire ASCD and principal at the Harold Martin School in Hopkinton, N.H., on the challenges and successes that New Hampshire has had with CCSS implementation.

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New Hampshire shares what's going well with implementation as well as the biggest challenges they are facing. Advice and shared resources also offered.

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10,000 Teachers Collaborate on Common Core-Alignment Project

10,000 Teachers Collaborate on Common Core-Alignment Project | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

None of those old basal textbooks are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but they all include great content. What to do? About 10,000 teachers on Edmodo have turned to the The Basal Alignment Project, an online library of revised replacement lessons from common basal reading series (3rd-5th grades) each carefully aligned to the Common Core State Standards (Edmodo Group code: etuyrm).

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Also posted on are Getting Smart articles on implementing Common Core ELA standards. 

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Indiana and the Common Core : Education Next

Indiana and the Common Core : Education Next | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

After the ouster of Indiana State Superintendent Tony Bennett (who subsequently was snapped up by Florida), Indiana’s Republicans have pushed a bill withdraw the state from the Common Core standards.


Last week, Indiana’s Senate Education Committee heard arguments on whether to keep, eliminate, or change the state’s commitment to the Common Core. Ed Next’s Mike Petrilli testified at the hearing to urge Indiana’s lawmakers to “stay the course” with the common standards. 

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Mike Petrilli provides comments on whether Indiana should withdraw adoption of CCSS.

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