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Closing the Expectation Gap: 50-State Report | Achieve

Closing the Expectation Gap: 50-State Report | Achieve | Kila Common Core State Standards | 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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High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize - US News and World Report

High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize - US News and World Report | Kila Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
New education standards will affect the way regular and AP courses are taught.

 


"Shifts in how high school classes are taught will force students to do more than just memorize information."


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"The (Common Core) standards are not a vision; they define outcomes."

"The (Common Core) standards are not a vision; they define outcomes." | Kila Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it

As district and school leaders plan how they will meet the standards, it is crucial that they take three preliminary steps:

review research on change in education, reflect on and mine past change efforts for lessons learned clarify the fundamental assumptions that drive their decisions

 

Implementing new standards is not a light-switch change. The process will extend over multiple years with multiple adjustments and refinements in the process.


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Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments

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Experts suggest test-makers will be challenged to write items that will measure the depth of knowledge expected.

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Classroom Protocols and SLANT

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ELA Shifts

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Rigor-Relevance Framework

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Writing: Narrative vs. Argumentative

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Montana: Literacy and the Common Core Standards

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Only 1 of 4 8th and 12th graders have solid writing skills

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Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word-processing tools, according to results of a national exam released Friday.



Twenty-seven percent of students at each grade level were able to write essays that were well developed, organized and had proper language and grammar — 3 percent were advanced and 24 percent were proficient. The remainder showed just partial mastery of these skills.


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Common Core and Algebra in 8th Grade

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Transform Education


By David Saba


 


Eighth Grade Algebra seems to be the elephant in the room with Common Core State Standards and there has not been a real clear way on how to handle this. I have spoken with district and state curriculum directors and they are still waiting to decide exactly how to ensure the option is there and that they meet common core standards and assessments.


 


The problem: 8th grade algebra has long been the standard for students going to college. It puts them on track to complete pre-calculus or AP calculus in their senior year maximizing their college transcript. Common Core State Standards does not have specific guidance on 8th grade algebra but introduces algebra concepts throughout middle school.


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Parent Roadmaps to Common Core Standards | Council of Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy and in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.


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These great resources for teachers too!
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Understanding the "Common Core" Educational Changes

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3 Barriers to Literacy Instruction

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Math Shifts

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Common Core Talking Points

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Look 4s in a Standards-Aligned Classroom

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