The Times is doing an outstanding job sharing informational text. Educators need access to quality and complex informational text to meet the expectations of standard 10 for reading of the Common Core State Standards.
Light-switch changes are carefully orchestrated and designed, and occur with the flip of a switch.
Long-term, adaptive change requires learning and adaptation, typically over a long period of time, because the problem, solution, and means to implementation are unclear and frequently evolve and mutate with progress toward the goal.
Knowing the research behind text complexity is critical to understanding the call for more complexity.
The CCSS crafters examined college freshman textbooks and career manuals.These texts typically measure at a Lexile score of 1450.This Lexile measure was used as a benchmark for college and career readiness (CCR).Grade level Lexiles were then scaffolded in reverse, defining grade level Lexile expectations as stated in the Common Core Appendix A.
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Get a handle on Text Complexity with the help of Sarah Brown Wessling. See a presentation covering Text Complexity that includes the 3 part model for measuring text complexity. She also provides tips on applying Text Complexity to your classroom.
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
Twenty-five states have taken a big step toward designing a shared assessment: They've drafted an initial definition of what college readiness means, and descriptions of the skills and knowledge students must demonstrate at each step of the way toward that goal.
Released today, the college-readiness definition and the descriptors of achievement on each level of the test are part of the work of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two federally funded groups of states that are designing assessment systems for the Common Core State Standards.