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Whatever Will We Do If We Dump Common Core? - Huffington Post

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Whatever Will We Do If We Dump Common Core?
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There is some truth to Mercedes Schneider's observations. There were standards before Common Core. Some states had good, even great standards. Some states, well, not so much.


Ms. Schneider states "Revisiting education systems and assumptions is necessary- but it must emerge from the stakeholders. In order to improve the educational standards of any state, those with a vested interest in the quality of education for their children must be the ones to initiate, navigate, institute, and evaluate the standards (and curriculum and materials, and assessments) based upon outcomes they determine to be meaningful." Again, there is some truth to this.


I think our biggest challenge is not the standards themselves, but those standardized assessments and expectations of what the test results tell us about students, about teachers, and about schools.


I am a fan of Common Core, done right. I am a fan of collaborative conversations about student learning and teacher preparation. We have bloated our expectations of what standardized tests can and will tell us so the results combined with our expectations will collapse under the weight.

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Common Core works – when teachers and parents get a say in rewriting it

Common Core works – when teachers and parents get a say in rewriting it | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it


This is the second letter in a series between Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, and Jayne Ellspermann, principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida, about how the Common Core standards are...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

An implementation plan, clarity of purpose, and administrative support. All those things can make a difference in how teachers are able to integrate Common Core in their classrooms. And, just for the record, IB has published some resources to make it easier for teachers (and administrators) to see and understand the correlations between IB and Common Core.

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How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate - Washington Post (blog)

How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate - Washington Post (blog) | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Three researchers say this is the first national policy conversation played out in social media.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There are lessons to be learned here, and not just that Twitter is rapidly becoming the National Enquirer of social media. We've seen too many incidents of false or misleading "reporting" precisely because of the immediacy of Twitter.

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Study Finds MCAS Test Does Not Indicate College, Career Readiness

Study Finds MCAS Test Does Not Indicate College, Career Readiness | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test doesn't indicate college or career readiness. This isn't news. None of these tests indicate readiness. They are literacy tests so the best they can do is indicate students know how to read, have mastered some test-taking strategies (so there's some critical thinking and problem solving skills), and can reasonably manage their time under pressure. Why would we EVER think these tests measure anything else? And why would imagine these tests would measure college or career readiness given that most people can't explain what that even means. Will the PARCC do better? Probably not because I don't think there's any agreement about what it means to be ready for college or ready for the work place. It will, however, better test problem solving, critical thinking, and literacy skills. And maybe that's all we really need to be successful beyond high school.

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Too Much Sitting? Five Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

Too Much Sitting? Five Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

Each day more research confirms the link between movement and learning.

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It's so easy to include simple strategies that not only allow students to move, but to be more involved in their learning.

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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

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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, 2014 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
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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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No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable

No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
The controversial education law known as No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization, and amid the nuances under debate one question stands out: Will pressures from the left and right force the federal government to abandon its annual, statewide...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

National testing is supposed to be about accountability. I do NOT believe that teachers' performance should be based on student test scores. Thinking about NCLB and accountability led to this blog  post: http://www.irreverent-learning.com/2015/02/accountability-and-leaving-kids-behind.html.

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Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards?

Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards? | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
A poll shows that Republicans who hold more false beliefs about the standards are more likely to disapprove of the common core. But what about Democrats?

Via Mel Riddile
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This just shows how messed up the "conversation" about Common Core has become. It doesn't help that Common Core has become so incredibly politicized and that most people sniping at Common Core have never read the standards.

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New SAT, New Problems

New SAT, New Problems | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.

Via Darren Burris
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I've had numerous conversations with math teachers about the abysmal reading comprehension capabilities of their students. They KNOW their kids struggle to know how to read a word problem to discern the required mathematics and most of them are hungry for reading strategies they can use to help their students. That being said, the onus mostly is on administrations to provide the kind of coaching and support teachers want and need; that is, useful PD rather than a pointless parade of useless PD.

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Who was behind the Common Core math standards?

Who was behind the Common Core math standards? | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

If you read this carefully, you'll learn about Jason Zimba and two of his colleagues who did most of the work writing the Common Core math standards. You'll learn about their love of math and their passion for quality math education. You'll learn a bit about their perspectives on teaching vs assessment vs curriculum.

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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.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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 J 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
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

"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.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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 J 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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