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Going Big on Argument with the Article of the Week | Teaching the Core

Going Big on Argument with the Article of the Week | Teaching the Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
In this post, Dave discusses how he came to choose only argumentative articles for the article of the week assignment. He includes references to Gerald Graff and more!

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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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Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support

Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Conflating testing and evaluation with education standards threatens Common Core.

 

assessing students’ knowledge of CCSS material before full implementationevaluating educators based on CCSS test scores


These two factors "have caused movement away from the very standards that could benefit students across the country."


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Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel - Over 1300 Q&A!

Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel - Over 1300 Q&A! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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.


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What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?Results from the annual Education Next poll are out today, and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 20, 6:10 AM

Based on Michael Petrelli's concluding paragraphs, perhaps I am now more open to referring to the standards by the state name--if that makes people feel better. I have felt strongly about referring to the standards as what they are, but if the name is the issue for most citizens, then I can move:  "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" (Shakespeare).

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Common Core has had some bumps in the road but the 63% of students who didn't graduate high school need it: expert

Common Core has had some bumps in the road but the 63% of students who didn't graduate high school need it: expert | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Only 37% of New York State students graduated from high school prepared for college or a career.
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Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core - Education Week News (blog)

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core - Education Week News (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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.
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Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards

Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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.

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Koch brothers group to keep pressure on Common Core - USA TODAY

Koch brothers group to keep pressure on Common Core - USA TODAY | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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...
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Higher Ed. Leaders: "Walking away from Common Core will harm future grads"

Higher Ed. Leaders: "Walking away from Common Core will harm future grads" | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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."


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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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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"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."


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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 26, 10:59 AM

Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core

How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"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."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 21, 2:59 PM

Proud of the universities in AL who are stepping up to the plate and the collaboration with higher ed.

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Common Core online toolkit released as standards are remodeled

Common Core online toolkit released as standards are remodeled | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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...


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A Teacher's Guide to Brave New World: Common-Core Aligned Teacher Materials and a Sample Chapter - Free E-books Me!

A Teacher's Guide to Brave New World: Common-Core Aligned Teacher Materials and a Sample Chapter - Free E-books Me! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Are you the author of this book? Start the conversation … (A Teacher's Guide to Brave New World: Common-Core Aligned ...
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Common Core Has Changed the Conversation - CORElaborate

Common Core Has Changed the Conversation - CORElaborate | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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.
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Common Core: This reform could actually work - San Jose Mercury News

Common Core: This reform could actually work - San Jose Mercury News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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.
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What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 11:21 AM

The article covers the basics of Webb's DOK and the video shows how this translates into the classroom. The attached pdf explains how DOK can be used and infused into SBG.

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Teacher Collaboration: A Huge Benefit of Common Standards

Teacher Collaboration: A Huge Benefit of Common Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"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."

 


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