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How Are Districts Covering the Tech. Costs of Common Core?

How Are Districts Covering the Tech. Costs of Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Online testing is soon be a staple of every district's assessment plan thanks to the Common Core State Standards, but education officials across the nation are worried they won't have enough resources to put the testing measures in place by the 2014-2015 school year. Find out how some school districts are finding creative ways to cover the costs.

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Infographic: What Is College Readiness?

Infographic: What Is College Readiness? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be college and/or career ready after high school? What will Common Core Standards contribute to students' preparedness? 

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CEC | Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know

CEC | Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Students with disabilities continue to demonstrate the capacity to succeed in the general curriculum with appropriate specialized instruction, supports, and accommodations. Reports from the National Center for Educational Outcomes (NCEO) reveal that students with a variety of learning profiles are continuing to demonstrate greater capacity to acquire and express all levels of knowledge than was previously anticipated.

 

CEC is optimistic about the impact of the CCS on the achievement of students with disabilities. Students can be active learners in 21st century learning environments when they have instructional supports that invite their engagement, instructional accommodations that change materials and procedures but not the standards, and assistive technology that ensures access to the standards and curriculum.

 

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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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I.N.K.: CCSS and the Big Picture

I.N.K.: CCSS and the Big Picture | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How one teacher educator dove in to learn more about the CCSS.

 

 

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Building Public Will to Support Common Core | Hunt Institute

Building Public Will to Support Common Core | Hunt Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"As we transition to new standards and assessments, we know that school may be harder for some and future test scores may be lower. We are positive that our students will rise to the challenge, but it will take the involvement and support of parents and the community – and partnerships with educators – to ensure that student learning is supported both inside and outside of the classroom."

 

"Now, more than ever before, it is essential that parents, community leaders, and elected officials are aware of the Common Core, support their goal of college and career readiness for all students, and remain committed to their implementation."

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Marzano Center: CCSS and Second Order Change

Marzano Center: CCSS and Second Order Change | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The shift to Common Core is an example of second order change. They ask us to reexamine the foundations of traditional teaching methods. Rather than asking students to memorize by rote, to accumulate facts and figures, Common Core calls for nuanced understanding, applicable to real-world problems.

 

Common Core asks students to analyze, to generate and test hypotheses. It asks students to think like mathematicians rather than just do math. To think like writers rather than just churn out five-paragraph essays. To use complex cognitive skills to analyze the complex problems they face as 21st century citizens.

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Teaching Reading in Science Class: A Common Core Trend?

Teaching Reading in Science Class: A Common Core Trend? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With the trend of non-fiction material on statewide reading assessments growing, administrators have begun asking teachers in subjects other than English Language Arts (ELA) to start incorporating more reading and writing tasks in their courses.

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Indiana and the Common Core: Tony Bennett got it right

Indiana and the Common Core: Tony Bennett got it right | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Indiana's State Superintendent, Tony Bennett, supported Common Core Standards, said "no thanks" to federal Race to the Top money, limited teacher unions' collective bargaining, provided families with vouchers to offer choice of schools, and helped Indiana students make greater gains in academic achievement. This past year Dr. Bennett was named state "Education Reform Idol" by the Fordham Institute and is a candidate for re-election next week.  

 

Fordham Institute's Chester Finn and Mike Petrilli write, "We work at a nonprofit organization and so by law cannot endorse Tony or urge anyone to vote for him. So let us simply say this: he's a swell guy whose service in his present role is a big plus for Indiana's children and for the cause of education reform in America."

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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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Do the Smarter Balanced released assessment items measure up?

Do the Smarter Balanced released assessment items measure up? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Kathleen Porter-Magee offers her analysis of SBAC's assessment questions in their recently released preview of the test.  Porter-Magee maintains it's a little good, a little bad bad and some ugly.

 

Bottom line is that if teachers and students are going to be held accountable for mastery of the CCSS, it's time for SBAC to get more serious about providing assessment guidance teachers need in order to plan instruction and benchmark assessments.

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Common Core Practice | Chickens, Clouds and the View Outside Your Window

Common Core Practice | Chickens, Clouds and the View Outside Your Window | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Each Friday three Common Core-aligned reading and writing tasks are posted.  The tasks are inspired by New York Times content, and classroom-designed and tested by teachers Sarah Gross and Jonathan Olsen, along with their ninth-grade humanities students.

 

The three tasks this week involve argumentative writing about a neighborhood dispute, narrative writing about what you see out your window, and informative writing about cloud forecasting.

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IRA and NCTE Offer Resources to Address Common Core State Standards - ReadWriteThink

IRA and NCTE Offer Resources to Address Common Core State Standards - ReadWriteThink | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

IRA and NCTE are pleased to offer a wide array of resources to aid in the successful implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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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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Students stressed by new emphasis on self-reliance

Students stressed by new emphasis on self-reliance | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The new state standards, implemented this year, demand more student self-reliance. Teachers say they are encountering more surly or sullen behavior from students who feel stressed without the supplementary information they were accustomed to getting from teachers. The challenge, Muro said, is that students have become accustomed to "front-loading," meaning teachers tell them what they will be reading before they read.

 

"If we were reading about Betsy Ross, we would talk about her contribution first. Now they have to find the information on their own."

That can lead to shouts of "I don't get it," as students read material at the edge of their "frustration level." "They're not used to independence," Shannon Vicchiariello said.

 

My two cents: Not only will CCSS challenge teachers in their curriculum planning, instructional strategies and assessments, the CCSS pose challenges for teachers with regard to classroom management and building student investment.  In the end, it will be worth it! 

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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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National PTA: Why Do We Need CCSS?

National PTA video on why we need the Common Core State Standards.

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Text Complexity and the CCSS: Resource for PD

Text Complexity and the CCSS: Resource for PD | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent the first time that a standards document has paid special attention to text complexity, as Standard 10 is devoted specifically to increasing students’ capacity with complex text from grades 2 through 12. To support reading skills needed for college and career success as of high school graduation, the CCSS proposes a staircase of text complexity.

 

To help teachers, whether veterans or candidates for certification, acquire the knowledge and skills needed to make the most of the new CCSS standards, TextProject introduces a product line aimed at teacher education and professional development environments. The TextProject Teacher Development Series on Text Complexity and the Common Core State Standards is a series of five modular lessons, each with guidance for teacher leaders, teacher educators or staff development leaders as well as activities for teachers.

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Indiana Needs a Debate on Common Core Education Standards

Indiana Needs a Debate on Common Core Education Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Polls consistently reveal shocking majorities of voters are ignorant about the Common Core. For example, 79 percent of voters in a recent poll said they had heard “nothing” or “not much” about the Core, though nearly all states adopted it two years ago in the biggest and fastest education policy change in U.S. history.

 

Bennett has proven he can champion good education. He needs to explain to worried and uninformed voters how the Common Core fits the education philosophy he wants us to share. 

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Conversations in ELA in Preparing for Common Core

Conversations in ELA in Preparing for Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Teachers work through 10 Guiding Principles in preparing for ELA Common Core.

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Prevention at the Core | Burkins & Yaris

Prevention at the Core | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Preventing Misguided Reading" includes 27 instructional strategies designed to foster student independence and connect literacy instruction across the gradual release of responsibility.

 

This blog post includes a sampling of three strategies from PMR that have since been supported with the Common Core.  Take a look at strategy #17 and then ask yourself, "Does this happen in my classroom?"

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More Resources for Dual Language and Common Core

More Resources for Dual Language and Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Last week, I wrote about a handful of efforts that have been undertaken to translate the common standards into languages other than English for dual-language programs."

 

"Since then, I've learned that educators in San Francisco are beginning to work on translations for Chinese—both Cantonese and Mandarin—for the dual-language programs in that school district. Their plan, says Michele Anberg-Espinosa, a program administrator for world language/dual language in San Francisco Unified, is to "mirror" the translation process that her colleagues in Southern California have undertaken for Spanish dual programs and "augment" that for Cantonese and Mandarin."

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Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking

Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking standards.

Via Darren Burris
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Common Core State Standards for ALL Students

Common Core State Standards for ALL Students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This post cites the importance of Evidence Centered Design (ECD) when creating  CCSS aligned assessments. Many suggestions for formative assessments are also included.

 

Key point: In planning backward from the assessment, how is ECD integrated into insructional planning and delivery?

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