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What Common Core ELA Instruction Might Look Like by Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago

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What Common Core ELA Instruction Might Look Like In this thoughtful article in Kappa Delta Pi Record, consultant/authors Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago say, “Do… (What Common Core ELA Instruction Might Look Like by Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago
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Common-Core Assessment Group Revises Testing Time

Common-Core Assessment Group Revises Testing Time | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
New figures, based on field-testing data, show that schools will have to allot 10 to 11 hours to allow students enough time to finish the tests.
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Improve Writing and Close Reading Skills with Article of the Week

Improve Writing and Close Reading Skills with Article of the Week | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Kelly Gallagher's article of the week assignment increases background knowledge, emphasizes Common Core skills, and promotes debate in the classroom. Here's

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Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia - Education Week News

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia - Education Week News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
CNN Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia Education Week News This is the first time Gallup has asked superintendents about their support for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness...
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Shanahan - Debate on Challenging Text

Shanahan - Debate on Challenging Text | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"Basically, many reading experts have claimed that it is necessary or optimum to teach students using texts that are at the students’ so-called “instructional levels.” A text would be said to be “instructional” if students could—on their own--recognize approximately 95% of the words and answer 75-90% of the questions about the passage. Texts harder than that were considered to be “frustration” level. Accordingly, most elementary teachers report trying to teach students at their instructional level rather than their grade level.

 The controversy has been brought about by Common Core, since those standards are specific about the difficulty level of the texts that students need to learn to read. Unlike past standards that ignored what students could read. CCSS specifies particular levels of text difficulty for each grade two through twelve. They did this basically because if students were taught at their instructional levels all the time, how would they ever reach college or career readiness by the time they leave high school."
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Common Core standards shift focus to critical thinking, problem solving - Pekin Daily Times

Common Core standards shift focus to critical thinking, problem solving - Pekin Daily Times | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Common Core standards shift focus to critical thinking, problem solving Pekin Daily Times The idea is that, although teaching literature is the responsibility of English teachers once a student reaches high school, all subjects in some...
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Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends #CommonCore: A Response to Principal Carol Burris

Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends #CommonCore: A Response to Principal Carol Burris | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Guest Post: Maricela Montoy-Wilson teaches second grade in East Palo Alto, California, where she has taught for the last six years. She graduated from Stanford


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20 Charts to Help You Teach Close Reading ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Charts to Help You Teach Close Reading ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Close reading is a  much debated topic in the world of academe. I have recently attended a seminar on this topic and it seems like several teachers are still missing the mark concerning what and how to go about teaching students to be close readers. Close reading is definitely a "survival skill" particularly in a world drowned in information. Close reading is all about reading differently.


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3 Political Barriers the Common Core Tests Face

3 Political Barriers the Common Core Tests Face | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The beginning of the Common Core story—the creation and deployment of the standards—has come to a close. In Act Two, states will start using new Common Core-aligned exams for accountability...

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  1. Technology Problems
  2. Mid-Term Elections
  3. Lower Test Scores
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What do the Common Core standards mean for students? Short video on Kindergarten standard

What is the Common Core and what does it mean for students? The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language a... (In all seriousness, what's wrong w/ this?


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Please share this...there are so many bad examples of math worksheets supposedly aligned to the Common Core math standards. My teachers appreciate videos--they show them how to apply the standards. Worksheets are hard to understand becasue they are inaudible! Math teachers need more videos like this!

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.


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Noam Chomsky on Assessment

Noam Chomsky on Assessment | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Herewith another teaser from the Learning {Re}imagined transmedia project coming out on October 1st from Bloomsbury. This time is an excerpt from an interview with social and political theorist, Professor Noam Chomsky.   In this 7 minute excerpt I ask Chomsky about his thoughts on the value of the way we currently use high stakes…
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NYT offers Free, Common Core Aligned Content

NYT offers Free, Common Core Aligned Content | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The New York Times blog, the Learning Network, is up and running for the new academic year. If you're unfamiliar with this tool, the New York Times offers free lesson plans and content for Social S...

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Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC

Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Writing and the importance of Note Taking: Gradual Release

Writing and the importance of Note Taking: Gradual Release | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
When we make this transition from more teacher-directed notes, to more student directed, and eventually entirely student-directed notes there are a lot of different methods to use to get them to be more confident and independent.

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What Do You Want to Know About Mentor Texts? - Reading Today Online

What Do You Want to Know About Mentor Texts? - Reading Today Online | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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Ruth Culham is a recognized expert in the writing assessment field and is known for conducting lively teacher workshops.
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K-8th Grade Literary Passages from Readworks

K-8th Grade Literary Passages from  Readworks | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
You’ll love this research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 30, 7:39 AM

Literary passages (K-8) with evidence-based question sets.  Also, ReadWorks is completely FREE for teachers.

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6 High School Reading Comprehension Problems & What To Do About It

6 High School Reading Comprehension Problems & What To Do About It | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
When teaching nonfiction text and improving reading comprehension, teacher MJ Linane has found 6 obstacles. Here's how he improves reading comprehension.

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Close Reading of Texts

An overview of what we mean by "close reading" -- as part of the shifts in the Common Core

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 27, 9:13 PM

This Prezi from Kevin Hodgson on the fundamentals of close reading is concise and includes embedded video. It might be especially helpful for teachers who are visual learners.

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Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth

Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Among opponents of the Common Core, one of the more popular targets of vitriol is the standards’ focus on improving literacy by introducing higher levels of textual complexity into the instructional mix.

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Evernote for Educators - LiveBinder

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Guide to using Evernote in the classroom

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 26, 2:01 AM

This is something we need to be aware of. It's an excellent App.

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How to learn? From mistakes

How to learn? From mistakes | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, September 24, 2:19 PM

Inspiring and thought-provoking (as is most TEDTalks I've watched) talk about learning from mistakes.

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PARCC and SBAC States Agree to Deliver Student-level Data to USDOE // Dr. Mercedes Schneider

PARCC and SBAC States Agree to Deliver Student-level Data to USDOE // Dr. Mercedes Schneider | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Two highlights of this post (By Mercedes Schneider): 

 

"In September 2010, two assessment consortia “won” federal Race to the Top (RTTT) money for the “design, development, and evaluation of the assessment system” known as Race to the Top Assessment (RTTA): The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

 

PARCC received $170 million, and SBAC, $160 million, plus an additional $16 million to each consortium to “support efforts to help participating States successfully transition to common standards and assessments.”

 

Their award letters can be found here for PARCC and here for SBAC.  In the award letters, both PARCC and SBAC were expected by January 7, 2011, to “negotiate and complete a final cooperative agreement” with the federal government regarding the usage of the “common standards” assessments.


The fine print for taking college-and-career-ready dough from the feds. 


Both cooperative agreements can be found here for PARCC and here for SBAC.


I have heard individuals ask about whether one of the requirements of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the release of student-level data to the federal government. I have heard pro-CCSS officials dismiss this idea as unfounded.

Not so.

 

PARCC and SBAC are the federally-funded, CCSS-assessment consortia. In order to receive those federal millions for CCSS assessment development, both consortia had to agree to deliver student-level data to USDOE."

 

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"One more item for this post:

As education historian Diane Ravitch noted in her September 8, 2014, interview with Tavis Smiley, USDOE is using the CCSS assessment consortia it has funded as vehicles to push school districts into pouring money into technology (Item 7):

An eligible applicant awarded a grant under this category must—
Use technology to the maximum extent appropriate to develop, administer, and score assessments and report assessment results. [Emphasis added.]


What is baffling is that those who complain about the amount of money spent on American education in the wake of dissatisfying international test results are now pushing a test-driven reform that requires additional billions in technology expenditures (see also here and here and here) but that is expected to flunk more kids."...

 

 

 


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Congressional report: Common Core is not a curriculum!

Congressional report: Common Core is not a curriculum! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Report: Common Core is not a curriculum, and it's legal for the feds to offer millions of dollars if states adopt it.

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Duncan Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards

Duncan Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan decided to punish Oklahoma for revoking the Common Core standards, according to Caitlin Emma in Politico. Oklahoma will lose its federal waiver from the structure...
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Common Core PARCC CEO Acknowledges Goal of Assessments to Drive Curriculum

Common Core PARCC CEO Acknowledges Goal of Assessments to Drive Curriculum | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The federally funded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a Common Core assessment consortium, issued a press release Friday that confirmed the Common Core standards and their associated tests are intended to...
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