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How ‘data walls’ in classrooms humiliate kids

How ‘data walls’ in classrooms humiliate kids | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Even very young children find their test scores on "data walls." (RT @dcoatesecon: How ‘data walls’ in classrooms humiliate kids http://t.co/KjCrIzMBNr

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We Need Standards Without Standardizing

We Need Standards Without Standardizing | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.

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At the Core of Common Core: Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters)

At the Core of Common Core:  Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series.

 

"The Common Core State Standards require students to think more than ever.  But to think and describe this thinking, a student needs strong language skills.  This language is often called “academic language,” though its features vary widely across subject areas, texts, and classrooms.   Like fish in water, most of us rarely recognize the fact that almost any cognitive act involves language.  We have worked with a wide range of educators who are striving to meet the many language needs of English learners in this era of new standards. And in this work we have come across several of what we call “under-realized principles.”


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This blog post gives excellent suggestions on how every teacher AND STAFF MEMBER can be involved with CCSS and with improving achievement . If 'academic language' becomes common throughout your school, thinking skills might improve at the same time.

Nicole Nico's curator insight, October 30, 1:25 AM

This discusses how common core will strengthen people's oral speaking especially those of ESL students. Unfortunately, a lot of students do not learn enough vocabulary words as they need to, to function in society. Some never learn and some learn to late, some repeat words never truly understanding it's meaning. Common core wants to focus on the idea of emphasizing the importance of not only understanding oral language but for one to embrace the language with their own notion.

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New Common Core test to cost Oregon $4.5 million more - Statesman Journal

New Common Core test to cost Oregon $4.5 million more - Statesman Journal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Smarter Balanced Assessment is estimated to cost about $7 million in 2014-15.
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An Excellent iPad App for Taking Notes and Annotating PDFs is Now Free (Was $6) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

An Excellent iPad App for Taking Notes and Annotating PDFs is Now Free (Was $6) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
It's so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you're doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph the...

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ReadWorks.org | 6th-8th Grade Informational Articles

ReadWorks.org | 6th-8th Grade Informational Articles | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

You’ll love this FREE research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!


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Beverly's Blog: Teaching Writing in the Context of Common Core State Standards

Beverly's Blog: Teaching Writing in the Context of Common Core State Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Download my white paper “Teaching Writing in the Context of Common Core State Standards” to get in-depth information and strategy instruction to support students’ writings in the context of the CCSS.


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Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges

Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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The survey found that despite the political turmoil plaguing some states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), 90% of school district leaders agree that the new standards are more rigorous than their state's previous standards in math and English language arts. In addition, about three-quarters of these leaders agree that the CCSS will lead to improved student skills. The percentages of district leaders who agree with these sentiments have increased considerably since 2011.

Nevertheless, district leaders are experiencing both minor and major challenges when implementing the CCSS in areas such as professional development, CCSS-aligned curriculum and instructional materials, and preparation for the new CCSS-aligned assessments. More than half of the districts indicated that they do not expect to complete important implementation milestones--such as adequately preparing teachers and implementing a CCSS-aligned curricula--until the 2014-15 school year or later. Nearly 90% of districts cited challenges with having enough time to implement the CCSS before consequences related to student performance on the CCSS-aligned assessments go into effect.


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Using Web-Based Annotations to Engage in Close Reading - Reading Today Online

Using Web-Based Annotations to Engage in Close Reading - Reading Today Online | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Using Web-Based Annotations to Engage in Close Reading Reading Today Online Not only is the content unfamiliar and conceptually challenging, the texts themselves contain features such as visual representations that are often crucial for gaining a...
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Survey: Common Core standards working well

Survey: Common Core standards working well | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
But teachers in states where the math and reading standards have been in place longest say that, in spite of the criticisms, Common Core is going well — and that most teachers feel prepared to teach new kinds of lessons.

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How to Improve Literacy and Numeracy Skills (and Scores if You Care About Such Things)

How to Improve Literacy and Numeracy Skills (and Scores if You Care About Such Things) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The only way to improve data-driven scores en masse is to use public policy to address the main cause of low test scores: poverty. The only way to improve them in a given school is to teach to the test....

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ASCD Presents Common Core Webinar Series

ASCD Presents Common Core Webinar Series | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

The Virtual Learning Network webinars are designed to help educators with curriculum, assessment and instruction that align with the Common Core State Standards.


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Teachers' Views on Common Core Must Be Heard in State Debates

Teachers' Views on Common Core Must Be Heard in State Debates | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That's Bad For Kids - Huffington Post

Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That's Bad For Kids - Huffington Post | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
States' participation in the Common Core is a legitimate issue for public debate for a host of reasons. However, concern that the standards call for too much nonfiction reading should not be among them....
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New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student - Education Week News

New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student - Education Week News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student Education Week News "We think it's really important to give tools to the classroom teacher that they could use on a daily basis or at any point during the year so they know they are teaching materials...
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Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials

Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

As publishers continue to flood the market with “Common Core” aligned materials, the task of sifting through and weeding out the good from the bad becomes increasingly more difficult. Educators are particularly concerned about which materials to purchase to support students’ ability to read “closely and carefully.” In response to this growing concern, we offer you the following three questions to ask as you evaluate and vet the materials you are considering for your school.


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Pearson’s Dominance of Textbook Market is Under Examination // The Telegraph

Pearson’s Dominance of Textbook Market is Under Examination // The Telegraph | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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"Renewal of a key contract will be a stern test for education giant Pearson (Xetra: 858266 - news). Most people have, at some point in their lives, felt a bout of nerves as they awaited a crucial set of exam results. Pearson’s chief executive, John Fallon, could be forgiven for having the same feeling.


Next (Other OTC: NXGPF - news) month, the London-listed education giant will face its own version of this peculiar kind of torture, as it learns whether Texas plans to renew its contract for Pearson to provide testing in schools. The deal is a valuable one, worth around $500m (£310m) over five years. It is also a matter of particular strategic importance.


Texas is amongst America’s biggest and most influential states when it comes to education spending the linchpin in the North American market, which accounts for 59pc of Pearson’s revenues and 66pc of its profits. And it has a long history of doing business with the British company, whose chief executive cut his teeth in the US textbook market, and whose former boss, Dame Marjorie Scardino, is herself American.


If the educational testing business were an election, this would count as Pearson’s safe seat. Yet there are signs Pearson may be about to lose its grip on its traditional stronghold. An audit of the Texas Education Agency recently found problems with the way the Pearson contract was tendered and managed.


Questions have been raised in a number of different states over the quality of Pearson’s digital courses. An influential religious lobby group, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, has meanwhile lambasted the publisher over one of its textbooks, for allegedly drawing exaggeratedly close links between Moses’s Ten Commandments and the US constitution.


Texas has not awarded the testing contract yet, but industry sources fear it will not go Pearson’s way.


The company is large enough to swallow this sort of hit, of course. Pearson, which also owns the Financial Times and a 47pc stake in Penguin Random House, made £871m last year, on revenues of £5.2bn. A $100m-a-year dent is not going to send it into the red.

However, the tussle for Texas follows a difficult 12 months, and analysts fear that it could be the harbinger of more problems to come."...


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The Common Core secret is out, like it or not

The Common Core secret is out, like it or not | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

The secret to success for the Osborn School District is one that many politicians may not want to know, or at least may not want to talk about.


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Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes

Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

A new agreement among the state's public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington's high-school exams.


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How to make the world comprehensible to kids: Reading Wars II

How to make the world comprehensible to kids: Reading Wars II | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"Like other digital reading programs, Newsela uses short online quizzes, taken by students after reading each article, to help evaluate students’ comprehension and adjust their reading level accordingly. Such “formative assessments” ensure that no student is unfairly labeled by an outdated evaluation—another potential advantage of computerized leveling over its paper-and-ink counterpart, which offers no automated way to monitor students’ increasing fluency.

Ironically, these digital improvements on traditional leveled reading arrive just as the practice of leveling itself is coming in for criticism. Commentators like Timothy Shanahan, an emeritus professor of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank, have recently argued that leveled reading programs provide students with too little challenge. Better than having each student read at his or her own level, they say, would be asking all students to tackle texts appropriate to their grade level, with teachers supplying help when necessary."


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Great post on Close Reading. Includes interesting tool.

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How to kill reading achievement

How to kill reading achievement | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
There’s more to Common Core than “close reading.” Robert Pondiscio

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Preparing Your Child for Common Core Tests

Preparing Your Child for Common Core Tests | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The when and what kind of tests depend on the state, but make sure your children take the tutorial about using the computer.

 

Columnist Urges Parents To Prepare Children For Common Core Testing.

Kenneth Chang writes in a column in the New York Times (10/7, Subscription Publication) about the looming advent of online Common Core testing in classrooms across the country, noting that though 42 states have adopted the math standards, “the plan for common testing...has fractured.” Nevertheless, “millions of students will take the brand-new Parcc and Smarter Balanced tests next spring.” He briefly describes the format of the testing, and urges parents to make sure that their children understand the computer interface to be used so that difficulties in taking the test don’t interfere with academic success.


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Learning progressions: Deeper and more enduring than any set of standards : Renaissance Learning Blog

Learning progressions: Deeper and more enduring than any set of standards : Renaissance Learning Blog | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
RT @RenLearnUS: On our blog: How do learning progressions help us put politics aside and focus on teaching? http://t.co/kFiTSX0pdm http://t…
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The Challenges of Promoting Equal Access to Quality Teachers

The Challenges of Promoting Equal Access to Quality Teachers | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Mark Dynarski explores the issue of equity in access to quality teachers. He finds that the scope of the problem depends on how teacher quality is defined, and discusses appropriate policy solutions to the issue.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, October 2, 2:58 PM

An inexperienced teacher is nearly three times more likely to be in a high-poverty school than in an affluent school.