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A Teacher is "Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal"

A Teacher is "Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal" | MASSP News | Scoop.it
You know how they say that people come to look like their dogs? A parallel truism is that any organization comes to look like its leader. For some reason, though this idea is axiomatic in corporate...

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:56 AM

It really is all about support. While a teacher may feel like they are on their own island, without the support of an effective principal, they might as well be in the middle of the ocean!

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Rex Sinquefield calls Jay Nixon “an idiot” for being fiscally responsible - KansasCity.com

Rex Sinquefield calls Jay Nixon “an idiot” for being fiscally responsible - KansasCity.com | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Another summer, another tax fight in Missouri. Jay Nixon, the Democratic governor, has claimed the high ground as the voice of fiscal responsibility.
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How can the legislature pass a budget one week and the next week reduce a significant future revenue source to fund said budget? 

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Show Me the Money: Meet the Multimillionaire Squeezing Missouri's Schools

- by Brendan Fischer and Lisa Graves, The Progressive

You've probably heard of the billionaire Koch Brothers by now, and their sinister push to distort our democracy. But you may not have heard of
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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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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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Dumping Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on C...

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, June 21, 2014 8:38 PM

This facet of the prevailing evaluation system  has been a thorn in the side of teachers and principals alike.  The diversity of student ability and application makes it a difficult pill to swallow. Here's a different approach.

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Coalition for Missouri’s Future Condemns Override of SB 509 Veto - Coalition for Missouri's Future | Coalition for Missouri's Future

Coalition for Missouri’s Future Condemns Override of SB 509 Veto - Coalition for Missouri's Future | Coalition for Missouri's Future | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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Oklahoma, Florida Students Experience Online Testing Disruptions

Oklahoma, Florida Students Experience Online Testing Disruptions | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Oklahoma educators and students experienced a bit of déjà vu this week, after widespread online testing problems happened that were similar to technical failures last year. Florida students also reported disruptions in online assessments.
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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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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, 2014 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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