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...
Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.
Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core Education Week News (blog) Those findings were drawn from an online survey given to registered users of edweek.org in October 2013.
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.
USA TODAY Koch brothers group to keep pressure on Common Core USA TODAY NASHVILLE — Convinced of wins during last week's elections in Tennessee, a group led by the billionaire Koch brothers has vowed to continue to spend aggressively in the state...
Delaware will rue the day that we rejected Common Core standards for our students.
"Yet, three of every five of these students will find themselves placed into mathematics courses that repeat what they should have learned in high school, and one of every five of these students will find themselves in a remedial mathematics course that earns them no credit toward their degree. If the newly admitted UD student happens to be a Delaware resident, the odds of him or her needing remedial coursework in mathematics is even greater."
"Initially, the announcement of the new standards felt like just another thing we were asked to implement. However, as we huddled together and reviewed the new Georgia algebra curriculum based on the Common Core standards, those apprehensions quickly dissolved into excitement.
These standards were everything we’d heard they would be.
There were fewer of them.They were much clearer and more straightforward.They were obviously more rigorous, challenging us and our students to engage with the content at a much deeper level than ever before.
No longer would we race through a list of inch-deep/mile-wide standards while teaching simple tricks and algorithms that students could master without fully understanding the algebra.
We collectively noticed a change in our students’ learning and engagement with the content that fall."
The problem. schools have to meet standards, and local assessment should prepare kids to deal with the standards as tested by PARCC and SB. But the new tests are harder and more rigorously scored than most local tests. So, scores will have to be low. (Anyone following NAEP results has known this for years, alas.)
This seems to run headlong into a long tradition of grading whereby we do not want to punish kids with low grades (akin to the outrage over sharply-lower school scores on accountability measures this year).
"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."
"There is a growing list of large-scale K-12/higher education cooperative efforts. Well before Common Core, there were great examples of K–12 and higher education working together to define common academic expectations for students and create a more seamless pathway between the two sectors."
EdSource Today Common Core online toolkit released as standards are remodeled Lake County Record-Bee SACRAMENTO >> Educators and school districts now have a new free-of-charge toolkit to help them understand how the Common Core State Standards are...
Last week I was invited to a meeting with the curriculum officers in my district. At this meeting we were discussing how to roll out the district focus for the coming inservice work days before the beginning of the school year.
Common Core: This reform could actually work San Jose Mercury News As a 37-year public school veteran, 22 as a superintendent in Santa Clara County, I have observed many educational reforms over the years with many changes in mathematics pedagogy.
"From Seattle to Colorado to right here in Kentucky the collaborative spirit has been an important productive struggle for teachers and partners participating in the Common Assignment Study (CAS). In the CAS, Kentucky and Colorado teachers continue to lead the way with the implementation of new standards in both states. For the past year, teachers from Kentucky and Colorado have been collaborating to create units of study containing embedded Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) modules. Hundreds of students in each state have been impacted by these high quality units, and dozens of teachers have learned from one another about what makes an effective unit and what quality student work looks like."
Jared Myracle, the supervisor of instruction at Gibson County Special School District (TN) and author of 'Common Core Standards for Parents for Dummies,' offers educators some best practices for explaining Common Core.
"This is part 1 in a 3 part “Return To The Classroom” series, so-named because we, somehow, loathe the phrase “Back to School.” Today’s post is on assessment, with a look at rubrics for the Depth of Knowledge framework."