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Common Core Implementation : Education Next

Common Core Implementation : Education Next | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Education Next recently released two articles offering differing perspectives on the progress and promise of Common Core implementation. In “Navigating the Common Core,”Michael McShane of AEI argues that while ...
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I had an epiphany as I was reading this article. For far too many of us, Common Core is still about the stinkin' test. People are worried about the PARCC and SBAC assessments. How in the world do we stop focusing on the tests? How do we measure student knowledge and skills without making the focal point the assessments rather than the student's knowledge and skills?

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Common Core. College & Career/Work Place Readiness.
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Common Core can help overcome our math phobia: Alice Gill and Linda Gojak (opinion)

Common Core can help overcome our math phobia: Alice Gill and Linda Gojak (opinion) | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Our society's math phobia is all the more reason to take a closer look at Common Core in Ohio and to preserve it, to help our children learn, write Alice Gill and Linda Gojak.
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I'm inclined to listen to math education experts.

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Just say no to digital hoarding

Just say no to digital hoarding | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
We are gorging ourselves on useless information that clogs our devices.
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Wait. Let me finish downloading this article. . .

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How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Teaching standards doesn't necessitate a standardized approach to teaching. Teachers share ideas for providing a standards-based, but authentic learning experience for all students.
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"The standards are the learning goal, the “what” of education, but there are many approaches to how those standards are taught."

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Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes

Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
A new agreement among the state's public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington's high-school exams. The new math and reading exams, which are called Smarter Balanced and will be given to all Washington 11th-graders this spring, will factor not just into whether students graduate, but whether they need to take remedial classes in college. The new tests are designed to measure...
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This is fascinating, and certainly gives different meaning to "college ready."

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Teaching in a Common Core World: #CCSSteach

Teaching in a Common Core World: #CCSSteach | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
"The most obvious benefit so far has been student engagement. As students take more of an active role in their own learning, they stay engaged and motivated.

Via Darren Burris
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Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core | EdSource

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The PISA 2012 results are out. The US didn't do so well. Again. But that's not really the whole story or even the most important story.


"Every year in the United States, nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies" (http://www.highereducation.org/reports/college_readiness/gap.shtml).


Something has to change. Maybe Common Core is an answer, maybe it isn't. We've seen disastrous results with bad implementations compounded by misunderstanding. That doesn't mean Common Core doesn't work; it means we have further work to do to give it a chance. Because something has to change.

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Common Core is not the problem, excessive testing is

Common Core is not the problem, excessive testing is | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Having standardization in a global world is not dire or menacing.
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Lee County is not alone. I agree with this writer's position that the problem isn't Common Core but that we have become test obsessed, even though we know the tests don't often convey an accurate  or complete report on what students know and can do.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 4, 7:09 PM

I think both are part of the problem. Bureaucratic standardizing is about testing and sameness. Learning and teaching are about relationships, similarities, and differences.

 

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OPINION: Common Core's Perception Problem (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Common Core's Perception Problem (EdSurge News) | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Judging by headlines, public support for the Common Core standards appears to be waning. But that doesn’t necessarily suggest that people are against adopting a unified academic standard for American school children. Instead it seems that there’s some Marketing 101 lessons around branding, image
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There has been soooooo much misdirection and misinformation about Common Core, it's no wonder people are confused. It doesn't help that the news is too often convulsed with politicians weighing in on something about which too many know next to nothing.


People need to take a deep breath and then read the actual standards. Maybe even do a bit more research rather than simply believing whatever they hear or see on social media; that last bit is a very Common Core concept, by the way, that whole evidenced-based critical thinking thing. I can only imagine how horrible it might be if students did research and found quality resources to prove and support their positions, and then engaged in thoughtful discussion. That's one of the ends to which Common Core could bring us!

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Shanahan on Literacy: Academic Vocabulary -- Part II

Shanahan on Literacy: Academic Vocabulary -- Part II | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
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Academic vocabulary is one of the focal points for Common Core. It's tripped up many an educator and that means that many students remain perplexed about "academic vocabulary" and have little or no understanding of the three tiers of vocabulary. Herewith, Dr. Timothy Shanahan to explain and provide some context.

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Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Common Core standards mean freedom to many teachers. Here's why.
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". . .the freedom to teach." Powerful words, and a powerful perspective.


". . . ownership is vital for effective implementation."


All those governors who are suddenly are trying to repeal Common Core are likely doing so because it's politically expedient not because they know anything about Common Core, an effective implementation, and good teaching.

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.
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Start with learning objectives first. Yes, yes, yes!!!! And with project-based learning. I think @tweenteacher rocks!!

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The Common Core Curriculum Void

The Common Core Curriculum Void | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
States and school districts are struggling to navigate the flood of new materials claiming to be Common Core-aligned.
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This irritates me. @npr_ED should know better, or the folks doing this gig should do their homework.


They are correct that Common Core is not a curriculum. And if they really understood the instructional shifts, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, the Anchor Standards for Reading (and for Writing), and the standards themselves, they'd KNOW that a textbook isn't necessary.

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Core of the Matter: What Students Want and Need from Their Communities: High Expectations, Support, and Accountability (#CoreMatters)

Core of the Matter: What Students Want and Need from Their Communities:  High Expectations, Support, and Accountability (#CoreMatters) | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
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Plan, vision, support, accountability. It works. It can work.


"Have high expectations for us, give us the support we need to meet those expectations, and hold us accountable."

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5 ways higher ed shuts down Common Core

5 ways higher ed shuts down Common Core | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
According to a new policy brief, Common Core stops at higher education’s gate, offering little to no benefit for a student’s chances to entering college.
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In the days of yore, before Common Core, I heard educators complain that their kids doing PBL, using the 5Es, integrating technology and tech-based strategies, and then finding themselves in lecture-based classrooms so the kids felt like learning in college was a step backwards. And some high school teachers used that as an excuse not to learn new stuff. Years ago a wise administrator told a group of college kids and any professors who were paying attention that college is not a parenthetic. Nor should it be. Which means that college should build on what kids have already learned a provide a challenging but navigable bridge to the students' futures. Some do; many could do better.

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Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
As districts across the country implement Common Core, educators – such as these in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Calistoga, California, and Wilmington, Delaware – are calling for a restructuring of the school day so that students spend more time in each class. Instead of the typical class period of about 45 minutes, schools are lengthening classes to …
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

We've touted collaborative learning for years. Having more classroom time probably can't hurt, but a more significant step might be administrators making sure their teachers have time "to talk to each other about what changes might need to be made in what is taught and how it is taught." Collaborative teaching anyone?

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Veteran Teacher Punctures Myths Around Common Core - Education Post

Veteran Teacher Punctures Myths Around Common Core - Education Post | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Linda Gojak is tired of hearing adults and children alike lament, “I’m just not good at math.” She wants to put an end to teaching
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Linda Gojak. Former NCTM president. 'nough said.


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Survey: Half of Urban Parents Say Common Core Is Beneficial

Survey: Half of Urban Parents Say Common Core Is Beneficial | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
In a recent survey, the Council of the Great City Schools found that half of K-12 parents in urban districts said the Common Core State Standards were beneficial to their children.
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It's my belief that the more people know about Common Core, the less anxious they will be about the standards themselves and the more likely they are to embrace the concept of the direction of the recommended changes.

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Common Core Math Proponents Defend The Standards

Common Core Math Proponents Defend The Standards | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

Common Core has come under attack. Critics say the standards enlarge federal control of education -- and do a lousy job teaching math.


Via Darren Burris
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The message of Common Core has always been "slow down for deeper learning."

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PETRILLI & McCLUSKEY: Restarting the Common Core debate

PETRILLI & McCLUSKEY: Restarting the Common Core debate | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of years, a raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, content standards in English and mathematics adopted by states nationwide.
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"These are the facts. Hopefully, all can agree on them and focus on the issues with which we really need to grapple: Is there good reason to think common, rigorous state standards will improve outcomes? Does the Common Core fit that bill? What roles should Washington, states, districts and parents have in deciding what standards guide classroom instruction? We have different answers to these questions, but agree on at least one thing: We must stop fighting over basic facts, and respectfully tackle these crucial questions."


True that.

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OPINION: The Common Core Standards Are Bad for Teachers - US News

OPINION: The Common Core Standards Are Bad for Teachers - US News | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
The Common Core education standards harm students and teachers.
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And then there's this. An article without a single reference to support any of the statements, general or otherwise. Good thing these writers aren't in one of my college classes. I suspect they would not be happen with their grades given the lack of supporting evidence.

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Poll: Utahns oppose Common Core but don’t know what it is

Poll: Utahns oppose Common Core but don’t know what it is | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
More Utahns oppose than support new Common Core academic standards — but many also don’t understand them, according to the results of a new UtahPolicy.com poll. The poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Associates this month, shows that 41 percent of 408 likely voters surveyed said they somewhat or strongly oppose the standards. That’s compared with 29 percent who said they support the standards, and the rest were either neutral ...
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I saw a wonderful bumper sticker yesterday: "When did ignorance become a value?"


Too often people oppose or support something without having any idea what it is. It's a pathetic pathology of our culture.


I remember being in a meeting with a superintendent and his leadership. When asked, none of them could define or explain Common Core and yet they insisted that Common Core-aligned instruction was taking place in their classes. Say what????


This concern about lack of information and knowledge isn't just about Common Core, of course. It's about being being informed and making informed decisions. So if you're going to be for it or against any issue, PLEASE at least be sufficiently responsible to know what the hell you're talking about!

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Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success | CTQ

Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success | CTQ | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
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Resources that may be useful for educators as well as parents (and everyone else who thinks they know what it means to be a classroom teacher).

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Why the Common Core is a Better Way of Teaching and Learning

Why the Common Core is a Better Way of Teaching and Learning | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Instead of students passively receiving knowledge, the Common Core enables students to create knowledge by engaging with big ideas in math, literature, history, and science.
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Yes this is sponsored by the Gates Foundation so it is pro-Common Core, but it's worth reading what some teachers have to say.


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Ed. Groups Urge More Federal Spending for Common-Core Tests

Ed. Groups Urge More Federal Spending for Common-Core Tests | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Two organizations hosted a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill Wednesday to raise awareness about schools' need for more funding to prepare for common-core online assessments.
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One of the reasons NCLB started to go sideways is that it was not implemented well: there was little support and no funding.


There is so much that complicates Common Core, but one factor is funding which compounds the problem of implementation.


So this prompted a blog post: http://www.irreverent-learning.com/2014/06/lets-pretend-this-is-all-about-kids.html

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Educators Speak to Importance of Common Core - YouTube

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Rich conversations. Powerful collaboration. Professional judgement.


Students "not missing a beat."

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