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Machine Scoring of Essays Means Better Tests for Less - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - Assessment, CCSS, common core, edchat, Innovation, teachers, technology

Machine Scoring of Essays Means Better Tests for Less - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - Assessment, CCSS, common core, edchat, Innovation, teachers, technology | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The ASAP Pricing Study, published today, addresses these cost questions. The paper concludes that, "In a higher quality assessment, human scoring of student essays can comprise over 60 percent of the total cost of the assessment. Automating this scoring process holds tremendous promise in making higher quality assessments affordable."

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How Movies Can Connect Students to Writing and the Common Core | CTQ

How Movies Can Connect Students to Writing and the Common Core | CTQ | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
"How movies can connect students to writing and the #CommonCore" by #TeacherPrize finalist @NancyBarile http://t.co/e1KfmsEs7c
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How the Common Core Supports Deeper Learning

How the Common Core Supports Deeper Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The change that the Common Core demands from us is considerable, but it's not radical.
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Common Core Assessment Products Now Make Up Largest Sector of K–12 Tech Market

Common Core Assessment Products Now Make Up Largest Sector of K–12 Tech Market | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The testing and assessment market has grown 57 percent over the last three years, totaling nearly $2.5 billion.
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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia
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Smarter Balanced CCSS Item Sampler - Measured Progress

Smarter Balanced CCSS Item Sampler - Measured Progress | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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What the new Common Core tests are — and aren't - Washington Post (blog)

What the new Common Core tests are — and aren't - Washington Post (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Arne Duncan said they would be "game-changing" in public education. It didn't turn out that way.
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5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class | Edudemic

5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class | Edudemic | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Amanda Ronan writes: "The Common Core State Standards do not have to mean the death of creative work produced by your students. If anything, the emphasis on textual analysis gives you more reason to explore interesting and creative ways for students to engage with texts. "


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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 22, 11:34 AM

Very useful ideas that teachers can easily implement. Amanda's two points for making the CCSS connection obvious would be a great help to teachers doing creative work, yet worried about administrators' evaluations.

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 22, 11:36 AM

Very useful ideas that teachers can easily implement. Amanda's two points for making the CCSS connection obvious would be a great help to teachers doing creative work, yet worried about administrators' evaluations.

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Common Misperceptions: What really goes in in a standards-based classroom

Common Misperceptions: What really goes in in a standards-based classroom | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Naysayers are often unaware of what goes on in Common Core classrooms.

 

"A typical day in my College Preparatory English III classroom in Illinois looks like this: Students work in small groups annotating passages from a novel. They highlight text that they feel is important so they will be able to quickly find it to use in discussion or in response to questioning. They note in margins those ‘aha’ moments when an idea became clear, or they write questions that the passage has provoked. They also place check marks or stars next to passages that relate to earlier works they read which apply to this new text."


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Russ on Reading: A Common Core Concern: The Complexity of Text Complexity

Russ on Reading: A Common Core Concern: The Complexity of Text Complexity | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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"More students living in poverty strains education system"

"More students living in poverty strains education system" | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Here's a PBS News hour segment on the recent-released report on the increase in low-income students. I'm adding it to the post where I have a number of other links related to that research - “Major...

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Teaching Vocabulary in Word-Rich Classrooms | MiddleWeb

Teaching Vocabulary in Word-Rich Classrooms | MiddleWeb | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Students can learn difficult vocabulary when they are immersed in an ocean of words, says Janet Allen. She describes how to create such a word-rich environment.


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Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional

Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Education reform is needed, but we must not undo our good work.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 18, 9:07 PM

Improving schools is an important consideration in many countries. It does not begin with people who furthest away from the classroom, but includes everyone who has an interest.

 

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With Common Core, More States Sharing Test Questions - Education Week News

With Common Core, More States Sharing Test Questions - Education Week News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Sharing test items is not a new strategy, but now that most states have adopted common standards, more of them are looking to pick up assessment items others have already developed.
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24 Short Reading Passages for English, Science, and Social Studies at All Levels - Curriculet

24 Short Reading Passages for English, Science, and Social Studies at All Levels - Curriculet | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Curriculet is free for teachers and students – get started here. As a teacher, having a bevy of short reading passages to... Read More
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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Here's a preview of my new post for Edutopia - click on the link below to read more! When students come to school each morning, they have tons of stories -- stories to share with their friends as t...
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Study Suggests Using Poverty as a Factor in Teacher Evaluation

Study Suggests Using Poverty as a Factor in Teacher Evaluation | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest comparing "similarly circumstanced" schools in order to fairly evaluate teachers.
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K-12 Educational Assessments and Professional Development Programs - Measured Progress

K-12 Educational Assessments and Professional Development Programs - Measured Progress | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Measured Progress is widely recognized as a leading provider of state accountability assessments and is a pioneer in the development and implementation of alternate assessment programs for students with cognitive disabilities. In addition, we provide assessment tools for schools and districts that bring new approaches and best practices in testing to where they matter most-the classroom.
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Gene Wilhoit: Quality Curriculum is Key to Common Core Implementation

Gene Wilhoit: Quality Curriculum is Key to Common Core Implementation | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Gene Wilhoit, the former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers who led the effort to create the Common Core, explains that until we have a more powerful curriculum design and more deep professional exchange about content, pedagogy, and student work going on in our schools the Common Core will not be implemented as it should be.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 24, 8:31 PM
Pedagogy and curriculum intertwine and help the student connect with their learning. It is an invitation into learning rather than a guarantee of learning. @ivon_ehd1
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Common Misperceptions

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Naysayers are often unaware of what goes on in Common Core classrooms.


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New SAT, New Problems

New SAT, New Problems | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.

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Let's Sit Down and Talk: Socratic Discussions

Let's Sit Down and Talk: Socratic Discussions | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
One of the most misunderstood aspects of implementing Common Core standards is that they are about learning goals, not methods.  This opens up lots of possibilities for including the standards in assessments across the curriculum.  The standards currently...
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"A deep and widening gap between the richest and poorest"

"A deep and widening gap between the richest and poorest" | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Student achievement in LI's public schools reflects a widening gap between the richest and poorest

 

Report Details Gap Between Rich, Poor Long Island Districts.

Newsday (1/20) reports that a new report “sponsored by the Long Island Education Coalition, which represents school superintendents, teacher unions and other groups, and by the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business and civic group,” indicates that “student achievement in Long Island’s public schools, while generally high, reflects a deep and widening gap between the richest and poorest districts.” The report shows “that just 19 percent of eighth-graders in selected poor districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties passed a challenging new test in English Language Arts administered in 2013,” while 57.1% of students in wealthy districts passed the test. The article reports that the New York Association of School Business Officials and other groups “have concluded that restoring Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts within a single year would benefit mostly districts of moderate wealth, because the poorer districts already have had most of that money returned.”


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Word roots: The web's largest root words and prefix directory

Word roots: The web's largest root words and prefix directory | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Root words help you understand words. They will also help you make sense of the often confusing English spelling conventions. Free tutoring! Practice word lists for each word root.

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Start with Growth Mindset -- Here's How | Teaching the Core

Start with Growth Mindset -- Here's How | Teaching the Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Teachers interested in helping their students grow noncognitive skills may be confused on where to start -- in this post, I advocate for starting with growth

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