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Survey shows parent, educator support of Common Core

Survey shows parent, educator support of Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
A national survey conducted by Utah-based School Improvement Network shows a majority of parents and educators support the Common Core State Standards.

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5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing

5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
One of the biggest complaints about NCLB was the test-and-punish nature of the law. Read about how ESSA could change that. 

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Report: Revisions targeting Common Core wasteful

Report: Revisions targeting Common Core wasteful | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
HUNTINGTON - The process by which West Virginia's educational standards were reviewed and revised in 2015 has become part of the debate about Common Core standards in the state of

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ReadWorks.org | K-12th Grade Paired Texts

ReadWorks.org | K-12th Grade Paired Texts | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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ESSA Spin Patrol: How Various Groups Are Claiming Victory - Politics K-12 - Education Week

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ESEA Rewrite Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk

ESEA Rewrite Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Wednesday's big bipartisan vote marks final passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, and sends it to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it Thursday.
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Study: RTI Practice Falls Short of Promise

Study: RTI Practice Falls Short of Promise | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Response to intervention failed to improve the reading skills of students identified for initial interventions in a 13-state study.
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House OKs bill to hold back struggling third graders

House OKs bill to hold back struggling third graders | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Lawmakers also pass bill to toughen the evaluation process for educators
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farah jadhavji's curator insight, October 28, 2015 10:23 PM

How about instead of holding back every 3rd grader that can't read a full sentence we get proactive and help them out when they are struggling in the first place? Aren't tutors there for a reason? And if kids are obviously not meeting the requirements of moving onto the next level, why aren't parents offering to get tutors or talking to teachers about it? I think its kid of lazy to make this a law and its moving backwards. Another reason for a student to stress about something that shouldn't even happen. 

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Skills and Strategies | Making Inferences

Skills and Strategies | Making Inferences | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
In every Skills and Strategies post, we’ll focus on either a skill that students need or a strategy teachers can use across the curriculum.
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Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience

Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series focusing on the...

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Can We Rescue the Common Core Standards From the Testing Machine?

Can We Rescue the Common Core Standards From the Testing Machine? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The primary purpose of the Common Core State Standards is to call teachers out.
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Michigan reducing length of standardized tests - WNEM Saginaw

Michigan reducing length of standardized tests - WNEM Saginaw | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Michigan is reducing the length of standardized tests for students.
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Some teachers say Common Core is working

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The Common Core standards have been the basis of an ongoing political firestorm and backlash from educators and parents.

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Argumentative Essay: Editing and Revising

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PBS LearningMedia Video for English Language Arts and Literacy for 6-12


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Massachusetts Enlists Districts in School Turnaround Efforts

Massachusetts Enlists Districts in School Turnaround Efforts | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Bay State's 5-year-old approach to improving low-performing schools sees them as part of a broader educational ecosystem.
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ReadWorks.org | Passages with Text-Dependent Questions

ReadWorks.org | Passages with Text-Dependent Questions | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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Why the New Education Law Is Good for Children Left Behind - The New York Times

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Decades of Progress, Challenges Under Federal Special Education Law

Decades of Progress, Challenges Under Federal Special Education Law | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students.
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To Lexile or Not to Lexile, That Is the Question

To Lexile or Not to Lexile, That Is the Question | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Teacher question: Our school district is going wild over Lexiles because they are in the Common Core standards. I think they are overdoing it and don’t feel comfortable with some of the decisions that we are making. What are the weaknesses of Lexiles? First, Lexiles is only one of several readability measures included in the CCSS. They started with that one, but as studies were completed they added ATOS, SourceRater, and several others.

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Common Core Test Results: The Moment of Truth Arrives - Top Performers - Education Week

Common Core Test Results: The Moment of Truth Arrives - Top Performers - Education Week | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Results from the first administration of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments are coming in, but the question is: Are we prepared for what they are likely to tell us?
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ACT Sounds Alarm over U.S. Student Test Results -- THE Journal

ACT Sounds Alarm over U.S. Student Test Results -- THE Journal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
This year's ACT results show 31 percent of students still unready for college in English, math, reading or science — every subject tested by the assessment organization. That's a figure that has not changed since 2012, when it was slightly higher. Fewer than a fifth of those students can be expected to go on to earn a college degree within six years.
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America's Obsession with Standardized Tests is Harming our Kids. There’s a Better Way.

America's Obsession with Standardized Tests is Harming our Kids. There’s a Better Way. | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

By Kristina Rizga (Mother Jones)

"ONE HOT MORNING in May, Kiana Hernandez came to class early. She stood still outside the door, intensely scanning each face in the morning rush of shoulders, hats, and backpacks. She felt anxious. For more than eight months she had been thinking about what she was about to do, but she didn't want it to be a big scene.

 

As her English teacher approached the door, she blocked him with her petite, slender frame. Then, in a soft voice, she said, "I'm sorry. I'm not going to take the test today." The multiple-choice test that morning was one of 15 that year alone, and she'd found out it would be used primarily as part of her teacher's job evaluation. She'd come into class, she said, but would spend the hour quietly studying.

 

 

The teacher stared at her dark-brown eyes in silence while students shuffled past. "That's a mistake," he said with a deep sigh.


By her own estimate, Kiana had spent about three months during each of her four years at University High in Orlando preparing for and taking standardized tests that determined everything from her GPA to her school's fate. "These tests were cutting out class time," she says. "We would stop whatever we were learning to prepare." The spring of her senior year, she says, there were three whole months when she couldn't get access to computers at school (she didn't have one at home) to do homework or fill out college applications. They were always being used for testing.
 

Kiana had a 2.99 GPA and is heading to Otterbein University in Ohio this fall. She says she did well in regular classroom assignments and quizzes, but struggled with the standardized tests the district and state demanded. "Once you throw out the word 'test,' I freeze," she tells me. "I get anxiety knowing that the tests count more than classwork or schoolwork. It's a make or break kind of thing."


Junior year had been particularly hard. She'd failed the Florida reading test every year since sixth grade and had been placed in remedial classes where she was drilled on basic skills, like reading paragraphs to find the topic sentence and then filling in the right bubbles on a practice test. She didn't get to read whole books like her peers in the regular class or practice her writing, analysis, and debating—skills she would need for the political science degree she dreamed of, or for the school board candidacy that she envisioned. (Sorting students into remedial classes, educational research shows, actually depresses achievement among African American and Latino students in many cases, yet it remains common practice.)"...
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Alison Wiebenga's curator insight, September 19, 2015 5:12 PM

I'm surprised this hasn't happened before now.  Parents and students need to speak up when they don't agree with what's happening at school.  Politics and accountability have teachers locked in to processes that they don't necessarily agree with. We aren't always at liberty to speak out, but parents and students are.  This article brings up issues of test anxiety and loss of instruction time, both valid concerns when dealing with standardized testing. The charter school I teach at bases students' grades solely on test scores.  While the management company recruits students for a college prep system, the community based urban school is not necessarily the right place for such rigorous academics.  When will people realize that students are way more than what they can show on a fill in the dot test?

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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Engage your students with high-quality informational text that allows them to explore their own interests. Natalie Franzi and Steve Figurelli share five fabulous websites.

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What If All Teachers Had a Coach? - Education Week (subscription) (blog)

What If All Teachers Had a Coach?
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This is more important now than ever as we ask teachers to elevate their instruction in keeping with new Common Core State Standards.
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