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Education Group Wants to Delay Common Core - US News

Education Group Wants to Delay Common Core - US News | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The group said it will create a website highlighting success stories to guide better implementation.
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Infographic Compares The Evalution Systems of Principals

Infographic Compares The Evalution Systems of Principals | MASSP News | Scoop.it
There are challenges associated with evaluations linked to teacher performance &student achievement.This chart illustrates the comparisons of systems.
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Principals Pressed for Time to Lead Instructional Change

Principals Pressed for Time to Lead Instructional Change | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Principals spend only a small fraction of their day on instruction-related duties, and new research suggests that some of that time may be wasted.
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Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core

Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core | MASSP News | Scoop.it
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 11, 4:15 PM

Key Points on Formative Assessment:


  • With the common standards, "classrooms will look different," said Heritage. "We'll need a lot more talking, more focus, more discourse, more depth."
  • "For many teachers, formative assessment has traditionally consisted of quick checks for understanding, Friday quizzes, or exit slips as students head out the door. But as the majority of teachers around the country transition to the Common Core State Standards—which are designed to emphasize complexity, critical thinking, and skills like collaboration and reasoning—some experts say more teachers need to deepen their assessment practices."
  • "If you're asking students to think critically, you have to have formative-assessment practices that tap into that critical thinking," - Nancy Frey
  • "We need to know if [students are] grappling with complex ideas," said Heritage, who mentored Lozano and Cadenas. "Where are they? Is the idea beginning to consolidate? What do I need to do to go deeper and really help them get this?"
  • All of that may be tough to measure with quick-answer questions or exit slips. Instead, to get a full picture of student understanding, teachers need to ask open-ended questions and push students to explore ideas aloud.
  • Frey of San Diego State University tells teachers that, when listening closely to students, "The question you have to ask yourself is not whether the answer is correct or incorrect, but rather what is it likely that that student knows and doesn't know in this moment in time that would lead him to that response?" "It takes a different kind of listening," Frey said, and rather than an innate talent, it is "a habit to be developed."
  • Rather than asking multiple-choice questions or scanning quickly for right and wrong, teachers will need to be attuned to what students are saying during those discussion and debate sessions.
  • "full-scale adoption of new assessment techniques will not happen overnight. "I see this as being a three-year process, even though we only have a year before PARCC starts."
Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, March 12, 10:48 AM

We are doing this in my school with our DEEPER model, but it takes time and practice to change teacher habits!

Faye Hansen's curator insight, March 12, 3:00 PM

PARCC and CCSS

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"The shift to online testing poses major equity concerns."

"The shift to online testing poses major equity concerns." | MASSP News | Scoop.it

The shift to online testing poses major equity concerns, and not just because some districts have stronger bandwidth and more computers. Middle-income and wealthy students are more likely to have regular access to an array of tablets and computers at home that will help them become more proficient with typing and other keyboarding skills.


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Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take

Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Can schools cut back sharply on the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning? The state of
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Class size matters a lot, research shows

Class size matters a lot, research shows | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Can we stop pretending it doesn't?
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Why Recognizing Emotions Is a School Leadership Necessity

Why Recognizing Emotions Is a School Leadership Necessity | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Principals and other leaders must make tuning into their schools' emotional climates a priority, write Kyle E. Blanchfield and Peter D. Ladd.
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Kansas Bill Would Authorize Harder Spankings by School Personnel

Kansas Bill Would Authorize Harder Spankings by School Personnel | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The bill acknowledges that "redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result" of permitted corporal punishment.
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In the rush to "be like Kansas" will #moleg follow on this one? 

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MASSP Announces Appointment of Phil Lewis as Executive Director

MASSP Announces Appointment of Phil Lewis as Executive Director | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become Principals

Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become Principals | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Is there a way for teachers to make more money and advance in their careers without leaving the classroom?

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rthibert's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:08 AM

A propos de nouveaux types de leadership dans les établissements, sans pour autant devenir chef d'établissement. "teacher leadership"

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Common Core Implementation and Teacher Evaluations Systems Are Not Aligned

At the same time, the professional learning supporting these two reform efforts has focused separately on either implementation of educator effectiveness or on Common Core. Principal professional learning, for example, has focused on the mechanics of the evaluation system rather than on the instructional practices aligned to the Common Core; while teacher professional learning on the Common Core too infrequently integrates educator effectiveness components of continuous improvement, content depth, content-specific pedagogy, and goals for educator and student learning.


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High school leaders get a lesson on 'How to be a Better Athlete' - Steamboat Pilot & Today

High school leaders get a lesson on 'How to be a Better Athlete' - Steamboat Pilot & Today | MASSP News | Scoop.it
High school leaders get a lesson on 'How to be a Better Athlete' Steamboat Pilot & Today More than 20 Steamboat Springs High School student-athletes sat in on Underwood's hour-long lecture entitled, “How to be a Better Athlete.” The athletes were...
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Secondary-Level School Administrators Make Voices Heard on Capitol Hill

Secondary-Level School Administrators Make Voices Heard on Capitol Hill | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Top assistant principals from across the country lobbied their representatives to support technology, professional development, and the common core.
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Poverty-related Challenges Sap Instructional Time in High Schools

Poverty-related Challenges Sap Instructional Time in High Schools | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Preliminary results of a survey of California high school teachers suggest that poverty-related challenges lead students at low-income schools to receive half an hour less instructional time per day than their peers in higher-income schools.
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Education, Expanded

Education, Expanded | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A high school connects students' passions and curiosity with the content of the curriculum.
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College Board deals "devastating blow to critics of the national education standards"

College Board deals "devastating blow to critics of the national education standards" | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The “architect” of the recent changes to the SAT’s is also known as the “Architect” of Common Core and critics feel that the recently announced changes will pave the way for forcing local school districts to change their curriculum after all.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 8, 4:08 PM

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"It’s a roundabout way to put pressure on states that opted out of Common Core,” said Whitney Neal, director of Grassroots at Freedom Works. “If you are legislator from Virginia let’s say, this will put pressure on you obtain material to make your district more appealing especially to homebuyers. SAT averages are often included in realtor information and high school success rate is always a selling point.”


Both SAT and ACT aligned with the Common Core Standards:


"Officials for ACT, the College Board’s main competition for standardized testing, said Coleman's group is simply playing catch-up to improvements they had made a long time ago.
 

“Our reaction is that most of their changes validate our approach,” Paul Weeks, vice president of Customer Engineering for ACT. They are getting in line with a path we have been down for a while.”


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Public Schools Need Nearly $200 Billion to Improve Facilities, Survey Finds

Public Schools Need Nearly $200 Billion to Improve Facilities, Survey Finds | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A national survey finds that more than half of the nation's public schools need major upgrades to bring their buildings to "good overall condition."
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ETS Wades Into Market for Teacher-Performance Exams

ETS Wades Into Market for Teacher-Performance Exams | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The test-maker says the goal of its new offering is to serve not only as an assessment, but also as a learning tool for prospective educators.
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Report: How to Grow a Farm Team for Principals

Report: How to Grow a Farm Team for Principals | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Too few educators aspire to the principalship, says Bain & Co., in a new report that lays out some strategies for fixing that problem.
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'Transitional' Courses Catch On as College-Prep Strategy

'Transitional' Courses Catch On as College-Prep Strategy | MASSP News | Scoop.it
With many students entering college ill prepared to succeed, states and districts are increasingly offering transitional coursework for high schoolers who need extra help.
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PISA Results Mislead Taxpayers

PISA Results Mislead Taxpayers | MASSP News | Scoop.it
It's a stretch to believe that tests of international competition predict a country's economic health.
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Poverty must be a factor when considering comparisons of how student achievement. 

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The coming Common Core meltdown

The coming Common Core meltdown | MASSP News | Scoop.it
It's less about the standards themselves than the context in which they were introduced and implemented
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Teacher Quartering: Four Reasons Why Teachers Avoid, or Leave, High Poverty Urban Public Schools

Teacher Quartering: Four Reasons Why Teachers Avoid, or Leave, High Poverty Urban Public Schools | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Introduction Teaching within a high poverty urban public school is challenging, to say the least. Time and again, I hear education policy experts claim that high poverty urban schools don’t have en...

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Emily Lai Yin's curator insight, January 19, 9:47 AM

Even students from some urban schools cannot do well in studies. The reason is because the school does not provide enough equipment for the studenets themselves while suffering under poverty.

i think that while most urban schools are well developed, there are also exceptions in which urban schools do not have the ability tto provide good education for the students.

i wonder why the government of the  urban area is not willing to provide more funds for a better education for the young as doing that will result in having a better future for that area.

 

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The Colorful Principal: Should school be fun?

The Colorful Principal: Should school be fun? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
RT @twhitford: Principals - R U lookin 4 an example of a Weekly Update? maybe a blog 4 your staff? Check out - http://t.co/YUUQudFzRK by @b…
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