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Previewing the New SAT Inside Higher Ed The new approach, according to the backgrounder released by the College Board, focuses on "students' ability to analyze source texts and, more broadly, to understand and make effective use of evidence in...
Arne Duncan on Waivers, Common Core, and Teacher Prep Education Week News (blog) U.S.
Get ready to say goodbye to standardized bubble tests completed with a #2 pencil. Computer-based next-generation assessments, which measure students’ mastery of the Common Core, are upping the ante. Why…
The intersection of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Instructional Core.
Highbrow Magazine Education: The Challenge and Promise of Common Core Highbrow Magazine Common Core is a new set of standards in English language arts and mathematics designed to assess and instruct students, placing greater emphasis on critical...
Computers freezing and Internet sites crashing. Students logged out in the middle of a test. Others logged into the wrong test.
As states and districts across the country address the challenges inherent in the shift to new standards, superintendents play a critical role in facilitating the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
The rubric for grades 3–12 includes four “non-negotiable” criteria—all of which had to be met to earn a Tier 1 or Tier 2 rating:
Text complexity: Materials had to fall within grade-level complexity bands, and texts needed to increase in complexity across grade bands.Text quality: The rubric requires that “Texts are of sufficient scope and quality to provide text-centered and integrated learning that is sequenced and scaffolded to advance students toward independent reading of grade level texts and build content knowledge (ELA, social studies, science and technical subjects, and the arts). The quality of texts is high—they support multiple readings for various purposes and exhibit exceptional craft and thought and/or provide useful information.”Foundational reading skills: “Materials provide instruction and diagnostic support in concepts of print, phonics, vocabulary, development, syntax, and fluency in a logical and transparent progression.”Text-dependent questions: “Text-dependent questions and tasks reflect the requirements of Reading Standard 1 by requiring use of textual evidence in support of meeting other grade-specific standards.”
These are important indicators of alignment and do clearly reflect the requirements of the Common Core literacy standards.
Important Common Core information for school librarians to make that connection with their print and online resources. How to support Common core with the school library collection?!
How do teachers ensure that texts continually rise in complexity? What is your strategy to reuse texts for various purposes (e.g., foundational skills, stretch texts)? How do you keep assignments broad enough to engage a range of reading ability?
If you’re like most English Language Arts teachers, you’ve probably reviewed the new informational text requirements and wondered: What books do I choose? And how do I know if I’m even doing this right? Sure, they sound intimidating, but satisfying these new guidelines doesn’t have to be complicated, or mean you have to throw out …
An expansion of the controversial Education Achievement Authority has passed the state House and is on its way back to the Senate, where we're hopeful it will die a quick, painful death.
Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers NPR Morning Edition. 5 min 41 sec. Playlist; Download. New education standards called Common Core are being adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in classrooms nationwide this school year has been “bumpy” as states struggle to provide professional development for teachers, align curricular material
A consultant who works with city principals says rating all teachers by the Danielson Rubric every time they’re observed won’t […]
Education Week News Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation Education Week News The so-called "low achievers" are not alone. Numerous researchers have found that "IRE" pedagogy remains the dominant mode of classroom discourse.
Education Week News Tests Balance Common Core, Those With Cognitive Issues Education Week News The alternate assessments mark a continuation of a perspective on students with disabilities that traces its roots back to the reauthorization of the...
The assessments developed by PARCC and Smarter Balanced may not be ideal, but they represent a major step forward in testing.
Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, identifies the problem of 'Q&A teaching' and offers five tips for teachers to examine and improve their modeling and direct instruction practice.
Great, practical insight on the problems of "Q&A teaching".
In the Q&A situation, teacher's questions may come too early (during the time the students still expect teacher's clear eplanation). In other words, students are requested to contribute before they are ready. Moreover, unplanned Q&A conversations may lead to time problems.
Five ideas are given to avoid the problem. The first one may be the most important: the students should know your intention (e.g. that they will be tested at the end).
The week of March 24 represents a milestone in American education that I think is worth taking a few moments to reflect on....
Carol Dweck's growth mindset research can lead to greater collaboration among co-teachers and help all students in inclusion classrooms master the Common Core.
Teachers reveal what they REALLY think about Common Core Daily Caller Shocking news: In classrooms and school staff meetings across the country, teachers and school administrators are sharing enthusiasm over new educational standards known as the...
"The transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our most marginalized students most effectively learn the most difficult knowledge and skills."
No schools could be referred to the State School Reform/Redesign Office before Jan. 1, 2015.
" Assessments that provide direct evidence of what students can do related to the specific curriculum they are taught can be more accurate and productive than the value-added metrics based on state test scores that are currently popular."