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Educational Leadership: Common Core - Now What?

Educational Leadership: Common Core - Now What? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As we put the standards into practice, it is important to focus on a few shifts that have the most significant effect on students. These shifts should guide all aspects of implementing the standards—including professional development, assessment design, and curriculum. When educators attend to three core shifts in English language arts and literacy as well as in mathematics, the expectations for teaching and learning will be clear, consistent, and tightly aligned to the goals of the standards.

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Shifts in ELA/Literacy Standards:

1) Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

2) Reading and writing grounded in evidence

3) Regular practice with complex texts and academic language

 

Shifts in Math Standards:

1) Greater focus on fewer topics

2) Linking topics and thinking across grades

3) Rigorous pursuit of conceptual understanding, skills, procedures and application

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Common Core Big Idea Series #2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum

Common Core Big Idea Series #2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the second post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
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Take-aways:

1) Standards are not curriculum. Standards are the blueprint and focus on outcomes. Curriculum is what "drives" the students to the outcome.

2) There are a variety of understandings of what defines curriculum 

3) ELA anchor standards center complex abilities/ideas students need to master. Math weaves Content and Pratice standards.

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Checking in with Common Core Implementation in Florida | ASCD Inservice

Checking in with Common Core Implementation in Florida | ASCD Inservice | 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 Alina Davis, the president of Florida ASCD, on the challenges and successes that Florida has had with CCSS implementation.
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Among the most challenging aspects of CCSS implementation in Florida are: addressing the needs of ELL and students with cognitive disabilities and obtaining adequate funds for professional development.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors

Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The implementation of Common Core State Standards is intended to create change in our nation's public education system ... not put change in the pockets of the American publishing industry.

 

To help you distinguish the partners from the pretenders, Compass Learning has compiled a list of 10 questions you should be asking prospective Common Core vendors, along with key language and concepts you should hear back in their responses.

 

Your efforts will help you better recognize alignment and misalignment, inform your purchases, guide your professional development efforts, and ultimately ensure your students, teachers, and schools achieve success with the new Common Core State Standards and assessments.

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'Soft Skills' Pushed as Part of College Readiness

'Soft Skills' Pushed as Part of College Readiness | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Resiliency, grit, and self-efficacy are among the so-called "soft skills" increasingly being viewed as vital for college success.

 

With the CCSS raising the bar on student performance, what "soft skills" and dispositions can we help develop in our students that will not only GET them to college and careers but KEEP them there?

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Illuminating the Common Core: Student Work to Inspire Schools

Illuminating the Common Core: Student Work to Inspire Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Those seeking some concrete and creative ideas to tackle the Common Core State Standards may find helpful a Web resource recently discovered that serves up lots of examples of student work to bring the common core to life (plus some standards in other disciplines).

 

Developed jointly by Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the online collection of exemplary student work includes a heavy dose of student creativity and the arts.

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Let’s Chat Core: Changes and Their Impact

Let’s Chat Core: Changes and Their Impact | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Let’s Chat Core is an ongoing Teaching Channel series designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and is the Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel.

 

In my last blog I talked about first steps in understanding and implementing the Core. This week I’m fielding questions about a specific shift to more nonfiction and the changes we teachers may see in ourselves as we work to implement the standards.

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K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean?

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Kentucky has received its first test scores based on Common Core. One of the biggest concerns about the new K-PREP program is a loss of the level of protection afforded to minorities under the now waived No Child Left Behind school accountability program.

 

While the new Unbridled Learning accountability program does include an element that looks at achievement gaps, it does so by lumping all minorities and special students into one overall calculation. That can leave student subgroups behind. 

 

Without disaggragated data, how will student groups who need targeted instructional get it?

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2 years, 5 months & 4 days in the life of … Common Core

2 years, 5 months & 4 days in the life of … Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tennessee has been quietly developing what might be the most thoughtful, cohesive, and outcome-driven state CCSS implementation plan in the nation. Great article on why the Volunteer State is moving to the forefront of CCSS implementation.

 

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ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation

ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD has released a new report, "Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability," illuminating activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the nation. This free report can be found on the EduCore™ site, ASCD's free repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to use of the Common Core standards.


The recommendations included in "Fulfilling the Promise" are derived from data gathered from field work, surveys, and educator summits. While focusing on tactics and strategies educators across the nation can use to implement the new standards, this report delves deeper into the needs, input, and activities of educators in four diverse states—Arkansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and Utah.


Based on the data gathered, ASCD has made a number of key recommendations to education leaders that will help them successfully implement the Common Core State Standards in their
school systems

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Marshall County ranks 'Distinguished' among all KY counties on new CCSS assessment

Marshall County ranks 'Distinguished' among all KY counties on new CCSS assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Kentucky reports in on counties' performance on new assessment aligned to CCSS and identifies most sucessful school.

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Scores Drop on Kentucky's Common Core-Aligned Tests

Scores Drop on Kentucky's Common Core-Aligned Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Results from new state tests in Kentucky—the first in the nation explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards—show that the share of students scoring “proficient” or better in reading and math dropped by roughly a third or more in both elementary and middle school the first year the tests were given.

 

 

 

 

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4 Emerging Trends in Common Core State Standards

4 Emerging Trends in Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

An issue brief from the National Governors Association (NGA) highlights four trends in Common Core State Standards implementation.  A link to the original document is included.

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Charlotte Danielson Releases Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, 2013 Edition

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and based on feedback from educators, Charlotte Danielson has updated her Framework for Teaching (FFT) Evaluation Instrument with the 2013 Edition.

The 2013 Edition incorporates the instructional implications of CCSS and includes language refinements to further improve scoring accuracy when using the Framework for evaluations and observations. Developed in 1996, the FFT, a research-validated instrument, has now been adopted in more than 20 states and is used as the basis for professional learning and teacher evaluation by providing a common language for defining and reflecting on teaching effectiveness.
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Common Core Big Idea Series #1: A New Blueprint

Common Core Big Idea Series #1: A New Blueprint | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the first post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
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Takeaways:

1) CCSS, not really "same old wine in a new bottle." Merely retrofitting the new standards to "old" ways will undermine efforts and outcome of what CCSS are intended to accomplish.

 

2) When planning, avoid zeroing in on one grade level. Instead, look at progressions of the standards, particularly around the grade level.

 

 

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How Is Your School Implementing the Common Core?

How Is Your School Implementing the Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Using a fast food restaurant metaphor, what's your approach? And would you like fries with that?

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VIVA Arizona Project : AZ Charter Teachers’ Guide to CCSS Implementation

VIVA Arizona Project : AZ Charter Teachers’ Guide to CCSS Implementation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

On June 13, members of the VIVA Arizona Charter Teachers Idea Exchange Writing Collaborative delivered their report, Arizona Charter Teachers Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice from the Classroom, to Arizona Superintendent John Huppenthal and State Board President Jaime Molera.


Teachers are significant stakeholders in the implementation of Common Core Standards and should be key players in the process. These recommendations will foster the environment necessary to ensure successful implementation of Common Core Standards, promote the development of professional knowledge and expertise of teachers, and maintain high expectations and academic achievement on the part of Arizona’s students.

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3 lessons about curriculum and state Common Core implementation

3 lessons about curriculum and state Common Core implementation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Selecting the right curriculum—one that artfully balances content and rigor and that gives teachers a clear instructional roadmap—is critical to driving student learning.

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ASCD Express 8.03 - Field Notes: Setting a Common Course

ASCD Express 8.03 - Field Notes: Setting a Common Course | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As districts and states prepare to implement Common Core curricula, instructional leadership is perhaps the most important area to affect student learning. Knowing how to implement, monitor, and assess a new curriculum can be daunting for any leader. How can principals ensure that teachers know and understand the content of the new curriculum? How can they effectively monitor delivery of the new curriculum in a meaningful way?

 

This blog post  from a school principal in a state that has fully implemented the Common Core State Standards, can help.

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More on Scores Dropping on Ky.'s Common Core-Aligned Tests

More on Scores Dropping on Ky.'s Common Core-Aligned Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“What you’re seeing in Kentucky is a predictor of what you’re going to see in the other states, as the assessments roll out next year and the year after,” said Gene Wilhoit, the executive director of the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers, which spearheaded the common-core initiative along with the National Governors Association. Mr. Wilhoit was also previously Kentucky’s education commissioner.

 

K-PREP does not represent the final, polished version of common-core assessments. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are designing the tests that most states have signed on to for gauging students’ mastery of the common standards nationwide beginning in the 2014-15 school year. (Kentucky belongs to the PARCC consortium.)


But Mr. Wilhoit said K-PREP represents the state’s best effort, along with Pearson’s, “to develop an assessment that was representative of the common core.”

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Kentucky Releases Results from Common Core Aligned Assessments | Hunt Institute

Kentucky Releases Results from Common Core Aligned Assessments | Hunt Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Student preparedness, district infrastructure, and anticipating public reaction are frequent points of discussion amongst many school districts across the country looking to implement aligned assessments to the Common Core State Standards.

 

Last Friday, the wait was over for Kentucky when they became the first state to release test scores explicitly tied to the Common Core. While student test scores have dropped, the two news stories highlighted in the article provide a sense of how Kentucky has worked to prepare students, educators, and their broader stakeholders for the new assessments – and their impact.

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Many Achievement Gaps Grow on Kentucky's New Common Core Tests

Many Achievement Gaps Grow on Kentucky's New Common Core Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Ad the data is sliced and diced, additional gaps are identified in traditional student subgroups, such as black, white and Hispanic.

 

A spokesman for the Kentucky education department, Lisa Gross, said the state didn't  predictions in terms of achievement gaps specific to groups. Gaps were a problem before the new tests, she said, and that when it came to the new K-PREP tests, "We knew that they would be an issue."

 

She did say that the new achievement gap calculations using the super-subgroup did the job in terms of capturing the gaps where they existed, and that schools and districts that previously scraped by despite having large gaps won't be able to do so using the new calculation.

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Common Core: 7 Recommendations for Effective Implementation

Common Core: 7 Recommendations for Effective Implementation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The report, "Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability," identifies challenges and best practices for Common Core implementation and offers recommendations for easing the transition from state to common standards.

 

Funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, access to the PDF document is provided on this website.

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KY Common Core assessment grades released Friday

KY Common Core assessment grades released Friday | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Education commissioner, Terry Holliday states that although the results show only 47 percent of high schoolers are ready to advance, scores have significantly improved from the previous year's 38 percent.

 

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Ohio schools teeter on the edge of proficiency cliff

Ohio schools teeter on the edge of proficiency cliff | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Although most of us have heard of the approaching "fiscal cliff" educators and administrators are also aware of another impending drop off referred to the "proficiency cliff." This has been described as the liklihood of a steep drop in student achievement when PARCC exams come in 2015-15.

 

If the decline in proficiency rates is not well understood by Ohio’s educators, lawmakers, taxpayers, and parents, it will cause reverberations across the state.

 

1) Will people accept a very blunt assessment of how many kids are truly excelling at school and use the information to push for improvements? Or will there be public backlash against the higher performance standards of the Common Core and the PARCC and calls for retreating to the state’s previous standards and tests?

 

2) Will the Common Core survive this “shock” to the accountability and testing system? Or will this reform stall at the start (or sooner)?

 

These are questions for not only Buckeyes to answer, but all stakeholders with this most recent comprehensive reform in education.

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