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Ann Arbor schools prepared for new state assessment, superintendent says - The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor schools prepared for new state assessment, superintendent says - The Ann Arbor News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Michigan Department of Education announced Thursday, Nov. 13, its updated academic assessment system called the Michigan student Test of Education Progress, or M-STEP.
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Teacher-Licensing Exams Show Higher Failure Rates & lower teacher prep enrollments

Teacher-Licensing Exams Show Higher Failure Rates & lower teacher prep enrollments | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
A battery of new licensing tests in New York has led to relatively low passing rates for prospective teachers, according to data issued this week by the state education department.

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Build Thinking Skills with Informational Text Projects

Build Thinking Skills with Informational Text Projects | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Depending on whom you ask, the Common Core emphasis on informational text seems to mean the end of creativity in the classroom. But a focus on informational text doesn’t automatically mandate filling in blanks, answering multiple-choice questions, or writing a traditional three-paragraph essay. In fact, when teachers choose to allow students to explore informational text independently, the opportunity for engaging, creative, and thinking projects emerges!

Read more: http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/2013/articles/Build_Thinking_Skills_with_Informational_Text_Projects#ixzz3JdFKiU00


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10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests

10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Schools and districts that took part in the PARCC and Smarter Balanced trial runs share their experiences to help you prepare for online testing this spring.

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Visual Literacy 2014

Visual Literacy 2014 | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Visual is an important part of our teaching. Not only is this helpful to getting across ideas, but it is a key strategy to reaching our Special Education and English Language Learner populations. The...
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Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.
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Kentucky Bill would Effectively Nullify Common Core - Tenth Amendment Center (blog)

Kentucky Bill would Effectively Nullify Common Core - Tenth Amendment Center (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
FRANKFORT, KY., November 13, 2014 – A bill introduced in the Kentucky state house would ban the state from continuing its participation in the Common Core educational standards and penalize distric...
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How I Used Foldify and QR Codes to Teach to the Common Core

How I Used Foldify and QR Codes to Teach to the Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
This is a great Common Core App Smash that I used with a group of third graders to help teach the following Common Core ELA Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and...
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Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests

Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Over the last few months I have worked with a number of high schools and middle schools where the grading and assessment practices simply do not work in a world of standards. The schools are not ma...

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Instructional Components - MAISA Writing - YouTube

This content was created with teachers to name the instructional practices necessary to effectively utilize teaching resources that expect a student-centered...
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Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
I'm writing a series of blogs titled "Get Common Core Ready" that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation

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Ready or not, here come new assessment tests - The Macomb Daily

Ready or not, here come new assessment tests - The Macomb Daily | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
When it comes to student assessment, Michigan is about to take a big step.
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Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits) - Huffington Post

Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits) - Huffington Post | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage.
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Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests // EdWeek

Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests // EdWeek | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

"In a move likely to cause political and academic stress in many states, a consortium that is designing assessments for the Common Core State Standards released data Monday projecting that more than half of students will fall short of the marks that connote grade-level skills on its tests of English/language arts and mathematics.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test has four achievement categories. Students must score at Level 3 or higher to be considered proficient in the skills and knowledge for their grades. According to cut scores approved Friday night by the 22-state consortium, 41 percent of 11th graders will show proficiency in English/language arts, and 33 percent will do so in math. In elementary and middle school, 38 percent to 44 percent will meet the proficiency mark in English/language arts, and 32 percent to 39 percent will do so in math."...

 

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http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/11/17/13sbac.h34.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW  


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Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core

Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.

"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."


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To use argumentative writing, teachers and students need to know how to use the Theory of Argumentation. That is not common.

 

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Chapbook Essays galore -- with applicable background info

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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers - NPR (blog)

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.
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Wis. Gov. Walker sets sights on Common Core, vouchers

Wis. Gov. Walker sets sights on Common Core, vouchers | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Gov. Scott Walker has called on the Wisconsin Legislature to repeal Common Core standards.
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All Things Upper Elementary: Digging Deeper: Writing about Reading!

All Things Upper Elementary: Digging Deeper: Writing about Reading! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus'

Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus' | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards have led to big changes in the way many teachers approach reading instruction.
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How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities?

How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
How much time do you spend taking and preparing for standardized tests in school? Do you think it’s too much?
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ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site -- THE Journal

ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site -- THE Journal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

ASCD has launched EduCore, a new, free digital tool to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EduCore is a repository of resources for teachers that includes strategies, videos, and supporting documents for implementing CCSS in math and literacy.

 

EduCore's Literacy Tools channel currently provides templates, developed by the Literacy Design Collaborative, for teaching argumentation, informational, and narrative writing at the middle and high school level. Teachers can customize the templates according to the reading and writing assignments they give their students, as well as the content they want their students to address.

 

Look for additions and enhancements to EduCore in the near future.


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Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn't Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says - Education Week News (blog)

Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn't Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says - Education Week News (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Feedback from states shows that most students didn't feel the test reflected what they were taught in class.
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