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New Alliance Report Identifies Challenges and Solutions for Helping ELLs Meet Higher Expectations Associated with CCSS

New Alliance Report Identifies Challenges and Solutions for Helping ELLs Meet Higher Expectations Associated with CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offer great promise for advancing the quality of education and outcomes for all students, but meeting the higher expectations associated with them could prove especially daunting for the rapidly growing population of English language learners (ELLs) who must learn grade-level content while simultaneously trying to master the English language. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education discusses these challenges, highlights initiatives already underway to help ELLs meet these challenges, and outlines how policy and practice must change to help ELLs graduate ready for college and a career.

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Common Core Practice | Sandy Beaches, Instagram Election Photos and Peter Rabbit

Common Core Practice | Sandy Beaches, Instagram Election Photos and Peter Rabbit | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’re just tuning in, each Friday we publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content. On weeks when superstorms have not closed their school, these prompts are classroom-tested by Mr. Olsen and Ms. Gross’s ninth-grade humanities students.

 

Our three tasks this week involve informational writing about beach replenishment, narrative writing about Election Day photographs and argumentative writing about classic books and the curriculum.

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Updates On Common Core Resources & On The “Next Generation” Of Tests | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Updates On Common Core Resources & On The “Next Generation” Of Tests | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Larry Ferlazzo's updates on Common Core Resources and Next Generation Tests.

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SLJ Summit 2012: Nonfiction Authors Address the Common Core | School Library Journal

SLJ Summit 2012: Nonfiction Authors Address the Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Among other mandates, the Common Core State Standards (CC) require students to “gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources” and “assess the credibility and accuracy of each source.”

 

Bottom line?  Librarians are a student researcher's new best friend.

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Final College-Readiness Definition Guides Test Consortium

Final College-Readiness Definition Guides Test Consortium | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be college-ready? Half the states in the country have agreed on a definition. And that definition will shape the way student performance is judged in those states in a couple years.

 

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, has approved a set of descriptors for the tests it's designing for the Common Core State Standards. They lay out how many levels of achievement there will be on the test, specify what level a student has to reach to be considered "college ready," and describe the level of expertise students must show to merit that title.

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Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think. | School Library Journal

Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think. | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For the library media specialist, it's a matter of clustering. The Library Media Center is a super highway of information and the LMS could be considered the navigator and pilot all rolled into one.

 

See how implementing a clustering approach to arranging resources supports Common Core and its aim for teaching students more about the craft and structure of multiple texts. 

 

 

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Awareness Modules | Common Core State Standards

Awareness Modules | Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Los Angeles Unified School District offers CCSS K-12 Awareness Modules in both facilititated and non-facilitated versions.

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Google Provides Lesson Plans for Google Power Searching and Digital Literacy

Google Provides Lesson Plans for Google Power Searching and Digital Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. Google has created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

 

The search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

 

These lessons are provided under Creative Commons Licensing and can be modified for your students' needs. Instead of these being the FOCUS of your teaching, use them as your students work with CCSS. Resource digital texts are also provided.

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The Coming Storm for Common Standards: Public Knowledge?

The Coming Storm for Common Standards: Public Knowledge? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Pennsylvanians appear a bit "willy nilly" on the Common Core State Standards when pollsters drill down on what standards can and cannot accomplish.

 

We haven't even started yet folks!

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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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Using Edsitement to Address the Common Core

Using Prezi, A Raison in the Sun is explored as a text through which teachers and students can use CCSS.

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Tony Bennett Says Common Core in Jeopardy in Indiana

Tony Bennett Says Common Core in Jeopardy in Indiana | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How does Bennett think Ritz pulled off what can fairly be described as a big upset? The Common Core State Standards plays a role. Bennett argued that Ritz—who is skeptical of the common core—used the standards to take away conservative voters who otherwise favored him.

 

Many Republicans are critical of the common core because they say it smacks of too much federal involvement. Bennett, a big champion of the common standards, also said Ritz's victory could jeopardize Indiana's leading role in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, one of two state consortia working on assessments tied to the standards.

 

"I have some very serious concerns about the future of that program," he said of the testing consortia. And when it came to common standards, Bennett said, "She did a very good job of appealing to the strong conservative base who had problems with the common core. So that's another issue obviously."

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A not-so-great night for education reform

A not-so-great night for education reform | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The results are in and our non-partisan candidate, Ed Reform, had a mixed performance. What will this mean for Common Core State Standards and their PARCC and SBAC assessments?

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Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project

Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Four years ago, Amy Bloom, a History/Social Studies Consultant for Oakland Schools, realized there was a massive gap in Michigan’s move to tie Social Studies coursework to the new State Standards. The essential, missing link? Classroom Curriculum!

 

The Michigan Department of Education provided clear Content Expectations for Social Studies and History, so Amy simply stepped up to the enormous job of leading the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum (MC3) project to find, create and align the content that Kindergarten-to-Grade 11 teachers would find appropriate and useful.

 

“We encourage Social Studies and History teachers to personalize our material – to take it and make it their own. The entire curriculum is online on the Oakland Schools website, and it’s FREE to download and use!”

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The State of STEM Education

The State of STEM Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Our focus should be two-fold: to help teachers to innovate the way students are learning science and math so that they gain confidence and achieve while also driving interest and passion for STEM.

 

In the United States only 5 percent of college graduates enter the workforce with STEM degrees. This is shocking compared to China at 46 percent. In the meantime, STEM jobs are expected to grow at twice the rate of jobs in any other field over the next five years. Our focus should be two-fold: to help teachers to innovate the way students are learning science and math so that they gain confidence and achieve while also driving interest and passion for STEM. And this needs to happen well before students enter high school.

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This article discusses the need for early STEM education to increase the number of students graduating with a STEM degree from college.

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Common Core – A Parent’s Guide

Common Core – A Parent’s Guide | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Resource for parents to learn more about Common Core State Standards, their purpose and expectations.

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Hello Literacy: Continuing Conversations about the Common Core...Close Readings of Complex Text - Part 1

Hello Literacy: Continuing Conversations about the Common Core...Close Readings of Complex Text - Part 1 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Listening to Shanahan really got my principal and I thinking about our current models of differentiation, and how students are served, how many times students are served, with what are they being served and in what instructional focus vein is the service being provided."

 

Read more about the conversations and follow up regarding Vocabulary instruction, reading complex texts and scaffolding.

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Latest Common Core News

Latest Common Core News | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Share My Lesson (by teachers for teachers) offers the latest news on all things Common Core.

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From Standards to Units and Lessons: Using the Tri-State Rubric

From Standards to Units and Lessons: Using the Tri-State Rubric | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Districts are moving at different speeds with adoption of the standards, but many are now seriously considering how to look through their lessons and align, revise or redesign them either for the first time or for the second or third time to the Common Core State Standards. One of the many great tools that are available to teachers is the tri-state rubric jointly developed by Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts.

 

The rubric can be used in a variety of ways and for different purposes. Access this resource to view the rubrics for Math and ELA. A series of videos on the development, design and use of the rubric is also provided.

 

 

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Mobile Learning and Common Core

Mobile Learning and Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne, publisher of an AMAZING blog, has provided various mobile apps and aligned them with CCSS. The alignment is only the beginning however.  The instructional plan and assessment is up to you!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Documents and Common Core Standards

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Documents and Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne suggests using Google Docs as a way to help students use technology when working with CCSS.

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Higher Expectations for a Brighter Future: Ohio's New Learning Standards

A short video clip explains the need for Common Core State Standards and how they are well suited for our students' learning.

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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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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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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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