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Military Families Salute Core Standards Move

Military Families Salute Core Standards Move | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For military families, a national move to unify what’s taught could mean one less transition for their school-aged children each time they relocate.

 

One Common Core State Standards early adopter was the Appoquinimink School District. The school district made the switch last year and believes it made a difference on student achievement, a spokeswoman said. The district was one of the highest performing on the 2011-2012 state standardized assessments.

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Closing the Expectation Gap: 50-State Report | Achieve

Closing the Expectation Gap: 50-State Report | Achieve | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation. 

 

Standards:

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted standards aligned to the expectations of college and careers. 46 states and DC have adopted the Common Core State Standards, while four have state-developed CCR standards. By 2015-16, all English language arts and mathematics instruction should reflect CCR expectations.

 

Graduation Requirements:

Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have adopted college- and career-ready graduation requirements that require all students to meet the full set of expectations defined in the CCSS. Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington raised their graduation requirements to the college- and career-ready level in 2011.

 

Assessments:

Today, 18 states administer college- and career-ready high school assessments capable of producing a readiness score that postsecondary institutions use to make placement decisions. Four new states - Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Wyoming - joined this list in 2011 by adopting a policy to administer a college- and career-ready test to its high school students. It is expected that 44 states and the District of Columbia participating in one or both Race to the Top assessment consortia will meet this criteria when the next generation assessments are administered for the first time in 2014-2015.

 

Accountability:

A majority of states, 32, have now incorporated at least one of four accountability indicators that Achieve has identified as critical to promoting college and career readiness. As in last year's report, only Texas meets Achieve's criteria regarding the use of all indicators in its college- and career-ready accountability system. Additionally, four states - Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky - have included the use of multiple college- and career-ready indicators in their accountability systems in multiple ways.


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NYS Common Core K-8 Social Studies Framework is Now Posted for Public Review and Comment

NYS Common Core K-8 Social Studies Framework is Now Posted for Public Review and Comment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Review and provide feedback for the recently released CCSS K-8 Social Studies framework.

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SBAC Governing States Advance Development of Common Core Assessment System

SBAC Governing States Advance Development of Common Core Assessment System | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) held its second Collaboration Conference about the design and implementation of an assessment system that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in math and English literacy. A two hour public meeting discussed the development of achievement level descriptors (ALDs) and a sample plan for the pilot test.  

 

ALDs are standardized statements that will describe how well students perform on the SBAC assessments.  Draft versions of the ALDs will be available for public feedback and comment later this year and finalized by next March.

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PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy and Item Prototypes

In PARCC's ELC's webinar (9-5-12), Susan Pimentel shares the nine fundamental advances that have been made to the PARCC Model Content Frameworks as a result of public feedback.

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Sophomore Speeches: What It Means To Be A Learner

Sophomore Speeches: What It Means To Be A Learner | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

All teachers want their students to be thinkers and voice their opinions in meaningful ways. Here is a lesson that teaches students to take a narrative and transform it into an argument. Aligns with the Common Core Standards for ELA (Writing and Speaking & Listening).

 

This video clip from The Teaching Channel was a catalyst in helping me think of ways I could make it my own and better fit the needs of my students while at the same time, keep it closely aligned to Common Core.

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Common Sense for the Common Core: Weekly Roundup

Common Sense for the Common Core: Weekly Roundup | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This week's goody bag of common core resources from Engaging Educators.

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Sowing Failure, Reaping Success: What Failure Can Teach

Sowing Failure, Reaping Success: What Failure Can Teach | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Considering a thematic unit on FAILURE? I actually haven't heard many who have. :)  

However, the NYT offers resources, essential questions and learning exercises to use in your Common Core aligned classroom.  Lessons in tenacity, courage, grit, knowledge, collaboration and yes, even failure help students understand what comes with failure.

 

Think of the opps for providing choice in your classroom, drawing on evidence to state claims and write arguments, complementing print resources with multi-media, researching short projects and delivering short presentations.  

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Librarydoor: Non-Fiction Fodder for the Common Core

Librarydoor: Non-Fiction Fodder for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Here is a list of non-fiction links that might help you find resources in support of the CCSS shift to read non-fiction materials. This list was recently archived by a few librarians from around the country.

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Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary

Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language strand, it's helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6. 

 

Using educational technology and being intentional with your students about what they are learning and why they are learning offers many, many opportuntities for students to work and collaborate using Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.

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On the horizon: harder tests and the onset of "the implementation dip"

On the horizon: harder tests and the onset of  "the implementation dip" | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It's likely that many states besides Ohio will experience what has come to be known as the "implementation dip" as new assessments created by PARCC and SBAC are used to measure student achievement in 2014-15.  

 

It’s incumbent on these groups to acknowledge the facts—that Ohio students don’t test well even under its current, relatively-straightforward exam—while also preparing the public for the future under PARCC.  Indeed, they must inform the public about the short-term pain when the 2014-15 test scores tumble.

 

But they must also articulate the long-term benefit of the Common Core—that these higher standards will generate a better-educated, better-prepared group of Buckeye State students, armed with the skills to succeed in the careers of the future.

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Nonfiction and the Common Core | Reading to Learn

Nonfiction and the Common Core | Reading to Learn | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this video interview, nonfiction children's author and historian Marc Aronson talks about why he thinks the new Common Core State Standards could be transformational to teaching and learning. Aronson says that the Common Core supports close, rigorous reading of informational text and encourages students to ask "what's the evidence?" He makes the case that reading across texts to uncover a full range of facts and opinions helps strengthen critical thinking skills.

 

Aronson suggests ways that parents can encourage their kids to read nonfiction books. He also invites teachers to turn to librarians for their expertise in identifying really great nonfiction for the classroom.

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How to Shift from Teaching Persuasion to Teaching Argument

How to Shift from Teaching Persuasion to Teaching Argument | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What's the difference between persuasive and argumentative writing?  What stategies can be implemented for teaching argument?  How important is it that students be taught how to search, aggregate, evaluate, synthesize and incorporate information found online into their writing?

 

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Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up To Fund Future Operations

Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up To Fund Future Operations | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Informative article that identifies key agenda items for both consortia to work on in the next two years (besides developing the assessments)!

 

- Obtaining sustainable funding to administer assessments

- Writing ALD (Achievement Level Descriptors) for SBAC

- Defining career readiness

- Selecting sample populations for the 2013 pilot test

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Teachers Use NY Times With Common Core and Reading Informational Text

Teachers Use NY Times With Common Core and  Reading Informational Text | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"We're collaborating with two New Jersey teachers and their freshman classes to bring you three quick, engaging tasks each week that match the demands of the Common Core Standards with the content of that week's New York Times."

 

"Beginning Sept. 21, each Friday you’ll find three quick, classroom-tested tasks that ask students to do Common Core-focused work with that week’s Times."

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State releases roadmap for Common Core-aligned social studies | GothamSchools

State releases roadmap for Common Core-aligned social studies | GothamSchools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Social studies teachers who want to align their instruction to the Common Core have so far gotten only limited guidance. Now, they are getting a helping hand from the New York State Education Department, which recently released a proposal for revising what is taught in social studies and when.

 

The department is soliciting feedback on the proposed guidelines, which lay out expectations for social studies teachers and students in kindergarten through eighth-grade

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RtI and Common Core | How Do They Fit Together?

 

In his PDF, Jim Wright offers key points to effective RtI while drawing comparisons to it and the Common Core.  Resources and approaches for both Math and ELA are identified.

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EDSITEment & the CCSS: A Raisin in the Sun

EDSITEment & the CCSS: A Raisin in the Sun | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Drawing on the EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this Prezi demonstrates how teachers can use EDSITEment resources to satisfy the expectations of the Common Core while meeting the diverse needs of students in the classroom.

 

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CCSSO Highlights State Common Core Implementation Work in New Publication

CCSSO Highlights State Common Core Implementation Work in New Publication | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

To provide all states with quick access to sample practices they can quickly and easily use, CCSSO has compiled examples of state Common Core implementation work in three keys areas:

1) system alignment and systems change;

2) educator supports; and

3) communication and engagement tools.

 

The resource is offered as a way to facilitate ongoing networking among states and is intended to be a quick reference document to support the sharing of lessons learned and work accomplished.

 

Examples were chosen based on quality and accessibility of information via the web. It is not an exhaustive list of state implementation work; additional examples will be added as they become available. If you have a resource you would like to share from your state, please contact Katey McGettrick.

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New Standards, New Scores, New Lessons to be Learned

New Standards, New Scores, New Lessons to be Learned | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

More from the tri-state area as Kentucky begins analyzing their implementation of CCSS in 2011-2012.  Stu Silberman again refers to the possible "implementation dip" and encourages other states to learn from Kentucky's experience. He speaks to the importance of being proactive in communicating what the CCSS are and why test scores may initially decline.

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Book Trailers and Common Core Standards

Book Trailers and Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

See how students can use technology and digital media strategically and capably.

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Reading nonfiction is not optional - what do Towhee's have to do with it?

Reading nonfiction is not optional - what do Towhee's have to do with it? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Read for Bill Ferriter's moral of the story on reading non-fiction in the classroom as he connects it to his sixth grade students and the rufous-sided towhee (not to be confused with the eastern towhee). :)

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Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained

Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Since the Common Core State Standards were introduced, there has been much discussion about what they mean for educators and students and how they will impact teaching and learning. While the standards have been adopted by 45 states and 3 territories so far, there is a lot of concern, anxiety, and debate around what is best for students, potential challenges for teachers, and what implementation should and can look like.

 

The new standards are focused on two categories: English Language Arts and Mathematics. See this article on the key differences between the new ELA Common Core State Standards and many of the current educational standards in place around the country.

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States to Focus on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

States to Focus on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Maryland, Missouri and Nevada—to receive assistance in mapping and executing the postsecondary implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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On Common Core | Cultivating Collaboration | Where to find quality non-fiction

On Common Core | Cultivating Collaboration | Where to find quality non-fiction | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In the spirit of collaboration, the authors of this article have put together a list of how to select best non-fiction texts and where they can be found.  One of the best places for collaboration to begin is around the topic of quality nonfiction. Common Core's expectation is that 50 percent of elementary grade reading is in informational texts; at the high school level, the percentage increases to 70 percent. That’s a challenge, but it also offers educators an opportunity to launch a conversation in their school communities. Begin with these two essential questions: What is quality nonfiction? Where can I find it? 

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