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It's No Coincidence that the Public Education and Poverty Crises are Happening at the Same Time

It's No Coincidence that the Public Education and Poverty Crises are Happening at the Same Time | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
New data exposes school “reformers'” schemes, revealing that one in five public schools was considered high poverty in 2011.
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S'more about Text Complexity

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Mary Clark's curator insight, July 29, 10:00 AM

Tracy Watanabe shares lots of great tools here!

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TN Core | Curricular Resources

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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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What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class
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The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
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Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for Students

Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for Students | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 10:37 AM
  • 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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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country
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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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Washington Post on What is the Common Core? Here’s what you need to know about it.

Washington Post on What is the Common Core? Here’s what you need to know about it. | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"Common Core is a set of education standards -- for English and math -- that were adopted in 2010. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia decided to follow the new guidelines. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia opted out, while Minnesota decided to only adopt the English standards (with others perhaps joining them soon). These states began implementing the standards last year.

The standards haven't created national curricula -- state and local educators are still in charge of that. Instead, they establish benchmarks that make it easier to compare how students are doing across state lines, and to make sure students across the country are learning the same essentials."


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Maryland to use much harder #CommonCore #PARCC tests for high school graduation requirement

Maryland to use much harder #CommonCore #PARCC tests for high school graduation requirement | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland's public high schools.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 12:08 PM

Maryland is wise to "phase in" the assessments.


The tests, generally given by the time students finish the 10th grade, will be phased in starting with this fall's rising freshmen and sophomores.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 11:04 AM

Prudence guides wise thinking in deciding when to use new assessments as major indicators of high school success rewarded by graduation. Maryland has multiple ways for students to show their proficiencies. According to the article, "students can still complete a project if they are unable to pass the PARCC tests...." With that decision, Maryland demonstrates a use of common wisdom in understanding that using a single and untested assessment as the gatekeeper of graduation for the state's students lacks a sense of prudence.

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Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking | MiddleWeb

Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking | MiddleWeb | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Expert Frank Baker outlines approaches to helping students understand the sources, structure and impacts of commercial marketing in print and visual media.
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Close reading: A revolution delayed

Close reading: A revolution delayed | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
For all of the talk about how different reading instruction is meant to be in the Common Core era, and for all of the hand wringing over the critical “instructional shifts” embedded in the new literacy standards, a glimpse at the world of classroom implementation reveals that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Up To 50 Percent Of Teachers Quit Within Five Years, Says Report

Up To 50 Percent Of Teachers Quit Within Five Years, Says Report | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers -– and their tendency to quit.

A new report, published by the Alliance in collaboration ...

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

Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests - Education Week News (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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

Federal government required states to adopt Common Core school standards ... - PolitiFact | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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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)

Five US innovations that helped Finland's schools improve but that American ... - Washington Post (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore

More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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

Report: Higher Education Behind On Common Core - Huffington Post | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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

Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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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Common Core draws support from former governors

Common Core draws support from former governors | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

MLive (7/24) reports that former Michigan Gov. John Engler (R), former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) released a set of online videos Wednesday in support of the Common Core Standards, noting that the videos were released by the Collaborative for Student Success.


The videos stress that the Common Core is “a state, not federal, effort.”


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 11:38 AM

The videos were released by the  Collaborative for Student Success, a group supporting the standards and backed by the Gates Foundation, feature Engler along with former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas.


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Glenn Beck's theatrical attack on Common Core - Washington Post

Glenn Beck's theatrical attack on Common Core - Washington Post | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
WTSP 10 News Glenn Beck's theatrical attack on Common Core Washington Post Conservative media star Glenn Beck led a national strategy session to kill the Common Core State Standards late Tuesday night, using a two-hour simulcast into movie theaters...
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How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions - The Atlantic

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How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions
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Their coverage of education research therefore could inspire parents and policymakers to bring half-formed ideas into classroom.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 6:54 PM

An abstract does not research conclusions make. It takes time to read through and grasp the context and findings in any study. We do bring half-baked ideas into our classrooms and it is not just the parents and policymakers who are involved. Teachers, administrators, central office staff, and those doing research are often guilty, as well.

 

A key to good use of research and data is to see what works in the particular setting we work in. This is like doing our own research. The word comes from the French meaning to search again suggesting it is an iterative process and not a one-time event.

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Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Develop Performance Tasks for the Common Core

Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Develop Performance Tasks for the Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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