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Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field

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Language MagazineCutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing FieldLanguage MagazineThe transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach.


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Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience

Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series focusing on the...

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Can We Rescue the Common Core Standards From the Testing Machine?

Can We Rescue the Common Core Standards From the Testing Machine? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The primary purpose of the Common Core State Standards is to call teachers out.
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Michigan reducing length of standardized tests - WNEM Saginaw

Michigan reducing length of standardized tests - WNEM Saginaw | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Michigan is reducing the length of standardized tests for students.
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Some teachers say Common Core is working

Some teachers say Common Core is working | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Common Core standards have been the basis of an ongoing political firestorm and backlash from educators and parents.

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ASCD EDge - 7 Ways to Adapt the Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs

ASCD EDge - 7 Ways to Adapt the Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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SBAC: Data But No Meaning, When Meaning Matters Most

SBAC: Data But No Meaning, When Meaning Matters Most | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

..."“Statistical calculations based on warped figures lead to confusion, frustration and wrong decisions.” These wise words from W. Edwards Deming are most timely as the educational community awaits the next batch of big data to be delivered, the results of the latest test promising to revolutionize schooling, the SBAC. A hollow promise, based on warped figures, that will certainly deliver hollow results. What will the SBAC data mean? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. Numbers in isolation, lacking story and context."  

        --  Superintendent Thomas Scarice of the Madison Public Schools 

 

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Download Navigating Assessment and Collaboration with the Common Core State Standards Getting Ready

Download the book Now : http://bookbeaver.net/download.
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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Here's a great blog post from 2014 on visual literacy. Hope you all enjoy it.   Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia.
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Pasi Sahlberg: The Myth that Schools Can Do More with Less

Pasi Sahlberg, the distinguished Finnish educator who has been in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past two years, has written a terrific essay about the myths and fall...

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Did hackers disrupt Common Core testing in California? - The Hill

Did hackers disrupt Common Core testing in California? - The Hill | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Local school officials reported problems administering the computerized test on Thursday. 
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TurnAround Is Hard

TurnAround Is Hard | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The main question of the report is this: In 2009, the feds threw $3 billion dollars of stimulus money into School Improvement Grants in order to goose intervention models and generally get a bunch of failing schools to turn around. How did that turn out?

Answer: Not all that well.

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Help All Student Readers Access Complex Texts

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Text complexity is an important part of the Common Core State Standards, so how can we help all students access complex texts? Ryan McCarty has some ideas.


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ACT Sounds Alarm over U.S. Student Test Results -- THE Journal

ACT Sounds Alarm over U.S. Student Test Results -- THE Journal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
This year's ACT results show 31 percent of students still unready for college in English, math, reading or science — every subject tested by the assessment organization. That's a figure that has not changed since 2012, when it was slightly higher. Fewer than a fifth of those students can be expected to go on to earn a college degree within six years.
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America's Obsession with Standardized Tests is Harming our Kids. There’s a Better Way.

America's Obsession with Standardized Tests is Harming our Kids. There’s a Better Way. | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

By Kristina Rizga (Mother Jones)

"ONE HOT MORNING in May, Kiana Hernandez came to class early. She stood still outside the door, intensely scanning each face in the morning rush of shoulders, hats, and backpacks. She felt anxious. For more than eight months she had been thinking about what she was about to do, but she didn't want it to be a big scene.

 

As her English teacher approached the door, she blocked him with her petite, slender frame. Then, in a soft voice, she said, "I'm sorry. I'm not going to take the test today." The multiple-choice test that morning was one of 15 that year alone, and she'd found out it would be used primarily as part of her teacher's job evaluation. She'd come into class, she said, but would spend the hour quietly studying.

 

 

The teacher stared at her dark-brown eyes in silence while students shuffled past. "That's a mistake," he said with a deep sigh.


By her own estimate, Kiana had spent about three months during each of her four years at University High in Orlando preparing for and taking standardized tests that determined everything from her GPA to her school's fate. "These tests were cutting out class time," she says. "We would stop whatever we were learning to prepare." The spring of her senior year, she says, there were three whole months when she couldn't get access to computers at school (she didn't have one at home) to do homework or fill out college applications. They were always being used for testing.
 

Kiana had a 2.99 GPA and is heading to Otterbein University in Ohio this fall. She says she did well in regular classroom assignments and quizzes, but struggled with the standardized tests the district and state demanded. "Once you throw out the word 'test,' I freeze," she tells me. "I get anxiety knowing that the tests count more than classwork or schoolwork. It's a make or break kind of thing."


Junior year had been particularly hard. She'd failed the Florida reading test every year since sixth grade and had been placed in remedial classes where she was drilled on basic skills, like reading paragraphs to find the topic sentence and then filling in the right bubbles on a practice test. She didn't get to read whole books like her peers in the regular class or practice her writing, analysis, and debating—skills she would need for the political science degree she dreamed of, or for the school board candidacy that she envisioned. (Sorting students into remedial classes, educational research shows, actually depresses achievement among African American and Latino students in many cases, yet it remains common practice.)"...
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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Engage your students with high-quality informational text that allows them to explore their own interests. Natalie Franzi and Steve Figurelli share five fabulous websites.

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What If All Teachers Had a Coach? - Education Week (subscription) (blog)

What If All Teachers Had a Coach?
Education Week (subscription) (blog)
This is more important now than ever as we ask teachers to elevate their instruction in keeping with new Common Core State Standards.
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Common Core increasing popularity of children's history

Common Core increasing popularity of children's history | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Children's history books are getting popular, partially due to Common Core's focus on nonfiction. And they love reading about real life.

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Most of Common Core criticism from 'fringe group'? | Fox News Republican Debate

Gov. Jeb Bush responds, defends record on education Watch Bret Baier talk about Cleveland Debate, Elections, Presidential Debates, Presidential Primaries, ...
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My Favorite Vocabulary Activities

My Favorite Vocabulary Activities | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
That vocabulary is a basis for language learning is a given. When people travel abroad, they take dictionaries and phrase books, not grammar guides. Therefore, every course we teach should have a s...

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Testing question: 1 Dearborn school soars, another stumbles but why? - MLive.com

Testing question: 1 Dearborn school soars, another stumbles but why? - MLive.com | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.
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Standardized testing isn’t supported by research | Opinion |

Standardized testing isn’t supported by research | Opinion | | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Advocates for the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced educational initiatives are right to be concerned that the parent opt-out movement could influence the policies’ chances for success.

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How Reading Fiction Improves Intelligence

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Want to keep your brain in shape? According to this video, diving into works of fiction rather than data and textbooks might be the best way to stay sharp. Find out how much storytelling affects your brain in the video!


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Vendors at Odds Over Nevada Testing Problems

The testing provider accused of botching the state's common-core assessments last month claims the responsibility lies at least partly with another vendor.
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What's Wrong With Standardized Testing? ~ John Oliver

What's Wrong With Standardized Testing? ~ John Oliver | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
In a sprawling but nuanced examination, comedian John Oliver explained why the U.S. standardized testing system exists and the harms it creates.

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Here Comes the Monkey