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4 Emerging Trends in Common Core State Standards

4 Emerging Trends in Common Core State Standards | MASSP News | Scoop.it

An issue brief from the National Governors Association highlights four trends in Common Core State Standards implementation.

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What It Means to be Career Ready

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What It Means to be Career Ready "To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning..."

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Two Lives Diverged

Two Lives Diverged | MASSP News | Scoop.it

David Bamat reflects on the unspoken expectations that schools set for students and their consequences.

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Principal Evaluation Mandate Will Put Administrators Under Microscope - NJ Spotlight

Principal Evaluation Mandate Will Put Administrators Under Microscope - NJ Spotlight | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Some districts question the wisdom of rolling out new systems while teacher evaluation just getting underway...
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Sample Assessment Items - SBAC and PARCC

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

 

A sizable sampling of online assessment items, giving teachers, educational leaders, and members of the public an early look at what kinds of items and tasks will appear on the high-stakes tests that are due to debut in the 2014-2015 school year. 

 

PARCC 

 

http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

 


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Matt-Lindsey-MASSP-President.pdf

MASSP Elects Winnetonka (NKC) Principal Matt President

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AP moves to less breadth, more depth, more application

AP moves to less breadth, more depth, more application | MASSP News | Scoop.it

The College Board today announced the release of redesigned AP programs for U.S. history and physics, with a focus on reducing the amount of content coverage required to allow more time for studying key concepts in greater depth.

 

The new exams for both subjects will feature fewer multiple-choice questions and increase opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge.

 

In U.S. history, for instance, the number of multiple-choice questions will be chopped down from 80 to 36.

 

As for U.S. history, the key objectives of the changes include:

• Alignment with evolving U.S. history curriculum at the nation's top colleges and universities;

• Providing teachers and students flexibility to focus on specific historical topics, events, and issues in greater depth; and

• Increasing student practice of historical thinking skills as central to understanding history.


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Vouchers Gain Foothold Among State, Local Democrats

Vouchers Gain Foothold Among State, Local Democrats | MASSP News | Scoop.it

While many in their party remain opposed, some state and local Democrats see vouchers as an escape hatch for students in failing schools.

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Two Versions of 'Common' Test Eyed by State Consortium

Two Versions of 'Common' Test Eyed by State Consortium | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Amid concerns about the time and expense of testing, a 25-state coalition plans to offer the choice of both a shorter and longer assessment pegged to the common-core standards.

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5 New Rules: Instead of “work hard and play by the rules”...

5 New Rules: Instead of “work hard and play by the rules”... | MASSP News | Scoop.it

The plan to “work hard and play by the rules” to get ahead in life is now outdated. It takes much more than that.

 

If you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to

work harder regularly reinvent yourself obtain at least some form of postsecondary education make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning play by the rules
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Principals' Associations Report: Evaluations Should Be Multifaceted

Principals' Associations Report: Evaluations Should Be Multifaceted | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Principal evaluation should be multifaceted and growth-oriented rather than punitive and reliant on standardized test scores...NAESP/NASSP report.

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Study engages nation's teens for insight into skipping school

Study engages nation's teens for insight into skipping school | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Playing hooky can negatively impact students’ long-term academic success, but few teenagers know it, according to a national report on chronic absenteeism released Wednesday.
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The Missing Piece in Teacher Evaluation Laws: Empowering Principals |

The Missing Piece in Teacher Evaluation Laws: Empowering Principals | | MASSP News | Scoop.it

New evaluation systems have been sold as a way to drive improvement in teacher performance–but evaluations can’t do everything that’s been promised.

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New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Learn how cellphones, e-book readers, and tablets are getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future.


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Teacher Evaluation: Don’t Bind Principals’ Hands | Educating Ourselves

Teacher Evaluation: Don’t Bind Principals’ Hands | Educating Ourselves | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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An Open Letter To School Leaders | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

An Open Letter To School Leaders | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer | MASSP News | Scoop.it

An Open Letter To School Leaders" http://t.co/dWWu0V1J via @AngelaMaiers...

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Sample Items and Performance Tasks | SBAC

Sample Items and Performance Tasks | SBAC | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments.

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There Is a Silver Bullet to Save Education

There Is a Silver Bullet to Save Education | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Testing, although seen as a way to hold schools accountable, has done nothing more than hold schools to a 20th century model of educating students.

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Principals approve new evaluations but object to workload

Principals approve new evaluations but object to workload | MASSP News | Scoop.it

L.A. School officials on Tuesday formally approved a one-year agreement for evaluating principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the head of the administrators union also asserted that principals will be overburdened by a new...

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Exit Exams Face Pinch in Common-Core Push

Exit Exams Face Pinch in Common-Core Push | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Some states rethink the kind of tests high school students must pass to graduate, or whether to use exit exams at all.

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Report: Expand Support of Training for 'Middle Jobs'

Report: Expand Support of Training for 'Middle Jobs' | MASSP News | Scoop.it

A new report calls for federal investment in training for jobs that require education beyond high school, but short of a bachelor's degree, calling such jobs a crucial ticket to a middle-class life.

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CCSS: Take a Deep Breath | MiddleWeb

CCSS: Take a Deep Breath | MiddleWeb | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards in Middle Schools: We point to essential links, free PD resources, critiques, help for parents & future forecast.

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All public high school juniors would take ACT in 2014-15 under Evers proposal

All public high school juniors would take ACT in 2014-15 under Evers proposal | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Wisconsin would pay for all public high school juniors to take the ACT college admissions test starting in two years as part of a $7 million budget initiative State Superintendent Tony Evers announced Wednesday.

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SBAC Governing States Advance Development of Common Core Assessment System -- THE Journal

SBAC Governing States Advance Development of Common Core Assessment System -- THE Journal | MASSP News | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium held its second Collaboration Conference about the design and implementation of an assessment system that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in math and English literacy.

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Can NAEP Predict College Readiness?

Can NAEP Predict College Readiness? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Educators and policymakers have been trying for years to use NAEP as a barometer of college and career readiness.
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