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Texas governor signs legislation to reduce standardized testing - Washington Post

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Reduce end-of-course exams from 15 to 5: Algebra I, U.S.
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What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom - NPR

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What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom
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The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
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Federal Study Examines Computer-Based Writing for 4th Graders ...

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A federal pilot study found that fourth graders are capable of using a computer to write well enough to be assessed, but did not determine if computer-based tests can effectively measure their abilities.
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Common Core assessments just got a little easier - eSchool News (registration)

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Common Core assessments just got a little easier eSchool News (registration) Edulastic is a web-based formative assessment platform that helps teachers prepare and deliver effective Common Core curricula by simultaneously improving the assessment...
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CCSS Anchor Standard 2: Informational Writing Goals

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"The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's Units of Study have been in K-5 classrooms for over a year and the grades 6-8 units were published about six weeks ago.  The range of resources for each grade level has more than enough content to help both teachers and students be better writers of all three text types in the Common Core while significantly upping the ante for informational text and therefore meeting CCSS Anchor Standard 2. “Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.”


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School Discipline Survey: 85 percent of superintendents believe there are positive consequences to using out-of-school suspension

School Discipline Survey: 85 percent of superintendents believe there are positive consequences to using out-of-school suspension | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

In April 2014, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) partnered to survey 500 school superintendents to determine the state of district-wide school discipline policies and practices.


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  • 85 percent of superintendents believe there are positive consequences to using out-of-school suspension
  • 33 percent report that suspension maintains or improves school climate by removing the worst offenders
  • 15 percent say that suspension improves the behaviors of disciplined students. 
  • 92 percent of superintendents agree that out-of-school suspension have negative consequences
  • 71 percent say that state laws and policies have limited districts and schools’ ability to make disciplinary decisions
  • 40 percent of respondents said insubordination, defiance, failure to obey, and disrespect of teachers and staff were the most common cause of out-of-school suspensions.

Most principals, myself included, would prefer to have an in-school alternative to suspension as part of their discipline continuum, but that takes funding and that requires district support. My district would not financially support in-school suspension. I had to find my own way of funding the program, which, our long-term data demonstrated, significantly reduced discipline referrals and incidents.
Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 30, 11:38 AM

While most of us would agree that keeping kids in school if possible is a better alternative to out of school suspension, we also ask ourselves "What is the best way to handle the worst offenders? " School climate can be very negatively affected by their presence . Here some superintendents weigh in. 

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Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests - Education Week News (blog)

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Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests Education Week News (blog) Based on that study, the NCES developed a modified assessment platform that had fewer words for the directions, presented one direction at a...
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Federal government required states to adopt Common Core school standards ... - PolitiFact

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The Common Core school standards were adopted by 45 states, three of which later dropped them.
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Five US innovations that helped Finland's schools improve but that American ... - Washington Post (blog)

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More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore

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Revising Common Core could calm many concerns and still lead to high standards, one expert says.

 

"These types of bills, Smarick says, could lead to the best outcome for the Common Core initiative in the long-run."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 10:43 AM

States always had the option of adding up to 15% to the Standards, but many chose to adopt the CCSS as is. Now, they are doing the right thing by personalizing the Standards to the needs of students in their states.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 10:24 AM

Reviewing the Common Core Standards and making edits or additions as necessary based on the input of a knowledgeable citizenry is prudent, but is that the process or are the changes being made as knee-jerk reactions to political pressure and election fear? I don't really know...but from the headlines, the latter seems to be playing a hefty role in Common Core backlash.

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Report: Higher Education Behind On Common Core - Huffington Post

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Report: Higher Education Behind On Common Core Huffington Post That's the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation, which finds that “there is little evidence to suggest colleges are meaningfully aligning college instruction and...
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Common Core has been tougher to implement than anyone imagined! | Peabody Reflector

Common Core has been tougher to implement than anyone imagined! | Peabody Reflector | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Peabody of Vanderbilt U. professors reflect on the Common Core

 

"Most agree the idea of standardized learning across the states is a lofty, yet necessary goal. How to accomplish that is another question. At Peabody, opinions on Common Core are as mixed as elsewhere in American society."


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" The ultimate outcome remains to be seen, but the focus on teaching students to move beyond memorization to thinking independently and creatively is a positive step—at least in theory, according to Marcy Singer-Gabella, professor of the practice of education and associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning."

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Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

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Word-processing skills develop even past fifth grade

 

A new study published in the journal Developmental Science questions that assumption, showing that children are still learning to read past fourth and even fifth grade.

 

The shift to automatic word-processing, in which the brain recognizes whether a group of symbols constitutes a word within milliseconds, allowing fluid reading that helps the reader focus on the content of the text rather than on the words, may occur later than previously thought.

 


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 3:03 PM

"So if fourth-graders aren’t quite reading to learn, then when does the shift toward more complete automatic word-processing occur? According to Coch, that probably happens some time between fifth grade and college—a period she says that hasn’t been studied.


For now, the results strongly suggest that reading skills need to continue to be nurtured during that period. “


This certainly does suggest that teachers beyond fourth grade are still teachers of reading,” says Coch.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 24, 10:09 PM

It might be that learning reading is a life-long learning and becomes more automatic as we practice, but readers never stop learning.

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Why is it tougher to move the needle on reading than on math?

Why is it tougher to move the needle on reading than on math? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham

 

 

"In math, if you put a little extra time in, it’s at least obvious where that time should go. If kids are behind in mathematics, it’s not difficult to know what they need to work on.

Once kids reach upper elementary school, reading comprehension is driven primarily by background knowledge; knowing a bit about the topic of the text you’re reading confers a big advantage to comprehension. Kids from impoverished homes suffer primarily from a knowledge deficit (Hirsch, 2007).

So a bit of extra time, while better than nothing, is just a start at an attempt to build the knowledge needed for these students to make significant strides in reading comprehension. And in this particular intervention, no attempt was made to assess what knowledge was needed and to build it systematically.

This problem is not unique to Fryer’s intervention. As he notes, it’s always tougher to move the needle on reading than on math. That’s because experiences outside of the classroom make such an enormous contribution to reading ability.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 10:50 AM

While raising math achievement is extremely challenging (read The Algebra Miracle by Stuart A. Singer), improving reading and writing is a three to five year effort. In most cases, math teachers have the necessary knowledge of mathematics. Conversely, secondary teachers almost always never have the training or skills to integrate literacy into content instruction.

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

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Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find them.

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Can special education students keep up with the Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

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Don't waste Common Core effort

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Gov. Scott Walker wrong to badmouth higher standards for Wisconsin students.


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Quote from article: "Learning to read well and do complicated math should be a shared expectation, not a dicey political dispute. The Common Core standards for what students should know at each grade level — not just the facts, but how to think critically — will help prepare our nation for fierce global competition."

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

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Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material

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S'more about Text Complexity

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Tracy Watanabe shares lots of great tools here!

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TN Core | Curricular Resources

TN Core | Curricular Resources | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
RT @TNedAmbassador: Lots of TN common-core aligned unit plans for every grade. Math: http://t.co/ZzNWiPfgwh, ELA: http://t.co/ijvDjU9MG6. #…
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What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class - NPR

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Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for Students

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Fourth graders can adequately demonstrate their writing ability on computer-based tests, says a new study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, clearing the way for more testing in technological formats and raising questions about an uneven playing field for students.

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  • Fourth graders can adequately demonstrate their writing ability on computer-based tests.
  • Students in wealthier districts handle computer-based testing with greater ease than pupils in poor districts.
  • "There is an advantage for the child who word-processes every single day versus the child who uses a computer once a week in computer lab,"
  • the utilization of computers for testing by states will continue to accelerate with the implementation of Common Core aligned assessments
  • 33 states were using some form of online testing
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What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Standards?

What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Standards? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
I suspect one of the reasons conversation about Common Core state standards has gotten so very confusing and inflammatory is because so few articles, commentaries, and discussions ever spell out what standards are....
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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country - NPR

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With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks.
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"The public and teachers are more divided than Democrats and Republicans."

When it comes to what constitutes a superb education in America, the general public and teachers have vastly different views, say Peterson, Henderson, and West in this book, a compilation of research reported originally in Education Next. Surveys fielded by over 5,000 teachers and members of the general public (2007–13) conclude that, overall, teachers and the public disagree most on issues pertaining to tenure, pensions, union efficacy, charter schools, school vouchers, and standardized testing.

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Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts | Achieve

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts | Achieve | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Concerned about too much #testing? Check out our assessment inventory tool: http://t.co/ApntaEDAZw http://t.co/1xqVyQKbv3
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