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The New Common Core Assessments: How They Could Stop Patronizing our Students

The New Common Core Assessments: How They Could Stop Patronizing our Students | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Those working with test design must stop patronizing our students in the name of an erroneous conception of fairness and construct rigorous exams that will send clear signals to educators about what they should teach....
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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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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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Smarter Balanced Assessment explained - Plainville Citizen

Smarter Balanced Assessment explained - Plainville Citizen | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Plainville Citizen is a local print and digital weekly newspaper covering local news, sports and community news in the Central Connecticut area
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COMMON CORE Assessments - Item Bank - Measured Progress

COMMON CORE Assessments - Item Bank - Measured Progress | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Engage your #students in examining their misconceptions with our Formative Item Bank Tools. Download our brochure. http://t.co/gAga0uCPpT
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How to build vocabulary - Telegraph.co.uk

How to build vocabulary - Telegraph.co.uk | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Learning vocabulary is an important part of growing up, but adults can also benefit from taking the time to work with their children, says Fiona Barry
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SAT More Predictive Of Black Students’ Success In College

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A new study suggests affirmative action policies in college admissions might be a good idea.

 

Study: SAT More Predictive Of Black Students’ Success In College.

The Washington Post (1/6, Guo) reports a recent working paper from three Texas economists found that, of Texas public school students that attended public universities, “for black students, the SAT is a far more important predictor of college GPA than for white or Latino students,” despite black students scoring worse, on average, on such tests. Study coauthor Jane Arnold Lincove of the University of Texas at Austin speculated that such tests are less predictive of white students’ performance because they have more access to prep courses that aim to boost scores regardless of the student’s ability. Lincove also said that the results speak “to the idea that affirmative action in admissions might empirically be a good idea.”


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Smarter Balanced CCSS Item Sampler - Measured Progress

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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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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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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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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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Mandated Testing Will Not Go Away

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Administration To Hold Firm On No Child Left Behind Testing Requirements.

The Washington Post (1/10, Layton) reports that according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the Obama Administration has drawn a “line in the sand” regarding efforts to rewrite No Child Left Behind: “the federal government must continue to require states to give annual, standardized tests in reading and math.” The Post notes the stance “comes amidst growing anti-testing sentiment” led by an “odd alliance” of parents, teachers unions, and conservatives. The new chair of the Senate education panel, Sen. Lamar Alexander stated that “he is weighing whether to ditch the federal requirement to test,” adding that the Senate should ask be asking “Are there too many tests?” An aide to Sen. Patty Murray, also on the education panel, stated that the Senator will likely “push back strongly” on attempts to get rid of annual testing. The Post quotes ED spokeswoman Dorie Nolt saying of Duncan, “He will outline the need to widen and ensure opportunity for all students — the original purpose of this landmark law. He will call for quality preschool for every child, improved resources for schools and teachers, and better support for teachers and principals. He will also call on states and districts to limit unnecessary testing so that teachers can focus needed time on classroom learning.”

        Alyson Klein writes at the Education Week (1/12) “Politics K-12” blog that according to a senior Administration official, Duncan will call for “adding more resources, ensuring educator excellence, and keeping the law’s historic focus on educational equity.” Duncan will also “remind folks” that ESEA “was, at its inception in 1965, and remains, at its heart, a civil rights law.” Klein quotes Nolt saying, “The secretary’s speech will make clear what we believe a new elementary and secondary education law should stand for and what we value as a country.” Moreover, the article reports, Duncan “won’t back away from” such Administration priorities as “investing in teacher quality—and teacher evaluations,” accountability measures analogous to the terms of states’ NCLB waivers, and “maintaining NCLB’s annual summative tests.” This article notes that Duncan is scheduled to deliver the speech Monday at Washington, DC’s Seaton Elementary School, and that his comments will also focus on “incorporating early-childhood education into the ESEA.”

        The New York Daily News (1/12) reports that Duncan is expected to stress “President Obama’s push for universal pre-K, and could include possible reductions in some testing levels, but he is expected to maintain requirements for annual testing for third- to eighth-graders.”

        Other media outlets that preview Duncan’s speech include the Los Angeles School Report (1/12) and the Politico (1/9, Emma) “Morning Education” blog.

        CCSSO Calls For Preserving Testing Schedule. Alyson Klein writes at the Education Week (1/12) “Politics K-12” blog that the Council of Chief State School Officers is pushing back against a potential NCLB rewrite including “giving control over testing back to the states,” and is “urging congressional education leaders to pass a rewrite of the law that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact, meaning that states would still be required to test students using statewide assessments in reading and math annually in grades 3-8 and once in high school.” However, the CCSSO would “move away” from “mandates on school improvement and accountability, and would give states more flexibility over their federal funding.”

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Common Core State Standards aren't so easy to replace | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Crying “Dump it!” might be good politics. But any high standards will look a lot like Common Core. Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman
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More than 50% of Students May Fall Short of Common Core Standards | Edudemic

More than 50% of Students May Fall Short of Common Core Standards | Edudemic | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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