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Achievement Level Descriptors and College Readiness from SBAC | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders

Achievement Level Descriptors and College Readiness from SBAC | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | MASSP News | Scoop.it

"Achievement level descriptors (ALDs) articulate the knowledge, skills, and processes expected of students at different levels of performance on the Smarter Balanced assessments."

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School Principals: Students Have Privacy and Free Speech Rights Too! - American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)

School Principals: Students Have Privacy and Free Speech Rights Too! - American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog) | MASSP News | Scoop.it
School Principals: Students Have Privacy and Free Speech Rights Too!
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Will Common Core State Standards Accelerate or Slow Innovation?

Will Common Core State Standards Accelerate or Slow Innovation? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital.
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The Role of Principals in Successful Schools : Education Next

The Role of Principals in Successful Schools : Education Next | MASSP News | Scoop.it
RT @adamsteaching: School Leaders Matter #edadmin #teachers #teaching http://t.co/shHlCOVK via @EducationNext...
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Culture, Not Curriculum, May be Key to High School Reform

Culture, Not Curriculum, May be Key to High School Reform | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Leadership and collaboration can boost student progress without altering teacher quality, one expert says.
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Seven Keys to Effective Feedback: Grant Wiggins

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback: Grant Wiggins | MASSP News | Scoop.it

What Is Feedback, Anyway?

 

Who would dispute the idea that feedback is a good thing? Both common sense and research make it clear: Formative assessment, consisting of lots of feedback and opportunities to use that feedback, enhances performance and achievement.


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Where should School leaders stick their iPhones?

Where should School leaders stick their iPhones? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
One of the reasons I’m always keen on the idea of leading a school is that it’s never been easier and more fun to document the amazing life of a school and publish it to the world. I ha...
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The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense

The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense by a principal #thanksdiane #contextmatters @appratt http://t.co/uwgosX4p...
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Turning Schools Around - must address out-of-school factors

Turning Schools Around - must address out-of-school factors | MASSP News | Scoop.it

"While strong school leadership is imperative, we believe that it is unfair to ask schools and teachers to bear sole responsibility for closing the economic divide. Systematically addressing out-of-school factors can help students achieve and removes the burden from teachers, allowing them to focus on delivering quality instruction. In fact, our results show that the positive impact of City Connects is greater than the negative impact of poverty when considering student growth in academic achievements across grades 1-5."


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Teachers share concerns about new evaluation system - Las Vegas Sun

Teachers share concerns about new evaluation system - Las Vegas Sun | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Teachers share concerns about new evaluation system Las Vegas Sun Other educators said they were concerned about new system's continued reliance on administrators in evaluating teachers.
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Our Iceberg Is Melting: Isn't It Time to Change?

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Isn't It Time to Change? | MASSP News | Scoop.it

"Even in schools where principals have positive relationships with teachers the observation process is still nerve-racking for everyone involved. Many principals feel like Darth Vader as they walk down the hallway because teachers are afraid that they are the next unannounced observation. Even in the most trusting schools, there is a feeling of mistrust for the process."

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What It Means to be Career Ready

What It Means to be Career Ready | MASSP News | Scoop.it

"To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum." -Building Blocks of Change report

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How tougher classes in high school can help kids make it through college

Some 40 percent of students are failing to graduate from college in six years. A study calls for higher-quality college prep, with more advanced math, advanced placement classes, and better advising.


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Teacher evaluation architect warns of lawsuits against Louisiana's new system - The Hechinger Report

The Hechinger ReportTeacher evaluation architect warns of lawsuits against Louisiana's new systemThe Hechinger ReportThe program, called Compass, consists of a two part annual evaluation, 50% based on observation by the principal and 50% on student...
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Making the grade: teacher evaluation reform

Making the grade: teacher evaluation reform | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Teachers and principals grapple with the new teacher evaluation reform that is rolling
out across Louisiana this year. Jefferson Parish is one of the pilot programs for the
new approach. Here educators explain what their concerns are going forward.
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Principals With a Bone to Pick

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Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
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Louisiana's educators enter a new world with evaluations and their consequences

Louisiana's educators enter a new world with evaluations and their consequences | MASSP News | Scoop.it

NEW ORLEANS - Teachers in Louisiana have all but lost the tenure rules that once protected their jobs. Beginning this year, all 50,000 of them will be evaluated and ranked each year, often with test scores a heavy factor.

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Final College-Readiness Definition - PARCC

Final College-Readiness Definition - PARCC | MASSP News | Scoop.it

PARCC's policy will be that students earn the "college readiness" determination by performing at level 4 on a 5-level test.

 

ELA

 

Reaching that level on the language arts part of the exam will mean that students have "demonstrated the academic knowledge, skills, and practices necessary" to skip remedial classes and go directly into entry-level, credit-bearing courses in "college English composition, literature, and technical courses requiring college-level reading and writing."

 

Math

 

Scoring at level 4 in math allows students to enroll directly in entry-level, credit-bearing courses in algebra, introductory statistics, and "technical courses requiring an equivalent level" of math.

 

Scale

5 = "distinguished" command

4 = "strong" 

3 = "moderate"

2 = "partial"

1 = "minimal" 


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School Leaders Matter: Education Next

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Report worth reading on the importance of highly effective Principals.

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Principles of the tweeting principals - Sydney Morning Herald

Principles of the tweeting principals - Sydney Morning Herald | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Sydney Morning Herald Principles of the tweeting principals,Sydney Morning Herald While leaders are nutting out exactly how Australia will place in the top five in the international schools league table 12 years from now, something more collaborative...

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Should high schools start later?

Should high schools start later? | MASSP News | Scoop.it

The first bells of high school ring in the 7 o’clock hour, and a new petition asks for later times: after 8:15 a.m.


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Rethinking Principal Evaluation - Education Week News

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Education Week News Rethinking Principal Evaluation Education Week NewsTo meet program requirements, more than 30 states have changed statutes to require principal evaluation based in "significant part" on student test scores, and we have seen states...
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New schools superintendent wants principals in classrooms more often - Anchorage Daily News

New schools superintendent wants principals in classrooms more often - Anchorage Daily News | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Anchorage Daily News New schools superintendent wants principals in classrooms more often Anchorage Daily NewsPrincipal Ruth Dene chats with teacher Keith Harjehausen after reviewing a presentation on saving sharks initiated by his students as she...
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Principals say evaluating teachers changes roles

Principals say evaluating teachers changes roles | MASSP News | Scoop.it

"Principals in a small southwest Indiana school district are finding that their jobs have changed since they began evaluating teachers' performance under a new state law."

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Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing

Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing | MASSP News | Scoop.it

"I believe it is time to declare that basing teacher and principal evaluation, student promotion, merit pay, school closures, and graduation on a single test score resulting from a single day's assessment has been and will continue to be a huge failure. The madness of high-stakes punishment tied to high-stakes testing must be stopped."  John Wilson is a past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Learning First Alliance, and the N.C.

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