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Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge

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Designing Common Core Tests for All Proving a Challenge....Nirvi Shah


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Integration of the Common Core - The Educator's PLN

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Recently I attended the Tech Forum Chicago and chose to sit in on the breakout session titled Integration of technology with the Common Core.


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If You Teach or Write 5-Paragraph Essays--Stop It! | The White ...

If You Teach or Write 5-Paragraph Essays--Stop It! | The White ... | The Latest in Common Core | Scoop.it
If high-school students and teachers are to succeed with Common Core Standards, the five-paragraph essay cannot be part of instruction. Too many times, this ordinary format is the default mode for expressing thinking in English, in history, ...

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Common Core Support Tools

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 16, 2013 3:40 PM

Anchor standards and grade level in. dicators side by side, along with a brief narrative explaining what the standard means at that grade level. Also provides questions and prompts to assist teachers in planning lessons.

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Viewpoints: For California schools, we need less testing and more assessing - The Sacramento Bee

Viewpoints: For California schools, we need less testing and more assessing - The Sacramento Bee | The Latest in Common Core | Scoop.it
There is a saying that American students are the most tested and the least examined of any in the world.
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12 Must Read Articles on the Common Core |

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From NASSP


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Teacher: Give Peas (and the Common Core Standards) a Chance

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I am not a Common Core guru. I am a mother, teacher, booklover, and believer in every child having access to research based lessons every single day no matter where they live.

We need positive! As a first grade teacher, I simply do not have time to deal with teacher, education, or standards bashing. I need to spend my valuable time preparing lessons to support the new standards in a way that is meaningful, differentiated, and of course fun! A national assessment has been in the works way before the Common Core Standards came to be. The CCS are not to blame. As the middle school student I mentor would say, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” It was time for a change! If the Common Core Standards can effectively be implemented, the students I receive from other states will on the same page as my class-or at least close. This is great news….not for me, but for the children who make this move! It’s broken, so let’s fix it! No one program (Fundations, Singapore Math, etc) will work for every child. Nor do all schools have access to all of these materials even IF (and again the don’t!) they did work for every child. What we do know is that we must find what works for the individual child. Having like standards opens the door for national collaboration about improving student learning.


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"Standards do not teach children. Teachers teach children. Common Core Standards are the WHAT, teachers, schools, and counties create the HOW. The Common Core Standards in no way dictate how we teacher our students."

 

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Lyssa Sahadevan is mommy to an adorable preschooler. She is a first grade teacher in Georgia, wife to a terrific hubby, an education advocate, and Georgia’s 2011 Mom Congress Delegate. She loves all things books and tells all about it at My Mommy Reads.

 


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How secondary school principals can master the Common Core | eSchool News

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eSchool News

April 15, 2012

by Laura Devaney

 

Webinar explores tips, advice as most states adopt the common standards

 

As states move toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, school principals must ensure they are fully equipped to help classroom teachers incorporate the standards as effectively as possible.

 

Not our old standards - “Average isn’t good enough,” said Mel Riddile, associate director for high school services with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a former high school administrator.

Opportunity brings challenges - “Those of us who have really worked to increase the number of college- and career-ready students, see this as the best opportunity we’ve had in a long time, and with that opportunity comes challenges.”

Major Shift - The Common Core effort is causing a “major shift” in the education conversation, Riddile said, because it will force educators and administrators to measure something different and new.

Second-Order Change - “This is about a second order change—we have to learn new skills, new habits, and new behaviors. We have to unlearn what bad habits we have,” he said.

Standards, Classroom, School - School leaders must know what their school’s teachers know about the standards, and they must be knowledgeable about what needs to be done in the classroom as well as what must be done on a building level.

Culture Change - “This is a big culture change for schools,” Riddile said. School principals will need vision, focus, and a positive mindset as the process continues.

Implementation is the key - “The fidelity of implementation of these standards is going to be the ‘make it or break it’ issue,” Riddile said.

Leaders Grow Leaders - “We’ll have to collaborate [and] share leadership throughout the school; leaders are going to have to grow more leaders … and build the collective capacity of our staff.”


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Comprehensive Common Core Resource

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This Common Core Resource is Quite Comprehensive and Should Be Useful to Anyone Implementing the Common Core. (Check Out This Very Comprehensive #CommonCore Toolkit from NYC!
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Common Core Support Tools

Common Core Support Tools (Love what North Carolina offers:
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5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education

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The following blog post was written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis.
At the NCTE convention last month, everyone was buzzing about...

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Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country

Virginia J. Goatley is Director of Research at the International Reading Association and an Associate Professor in the Reading Department at SUNY Albany.

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Perfect Primary Persuasive Writing Unit-Common Core

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This 57 page unit is aligned with first and second grade Common Core standards. It includes book responses, book review sheets, opinion charts, fact/opinion chart, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late text innovation, opinion ...

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Webquest for CCSS

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Webquest to increase your understanding of the CCSS


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The Hunt Institute and CCSSO Common Core Implementation Video Series on Vimeo

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The Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Common Core State Standards in greater depth to help states as they implement the new Standards.
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Two Paths Toward Common Core Standards Assessments

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A state-led effort to apply national academic standards across the United States will have two assessment models, and they're not necessarily competing with each other.
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College readiness test’s next phase | Thoughts on Public Education

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Curriculum impacts achievement! The Common Core is not a curriculum.

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Curriculum (not standards) can and does move student performance. (see chart above.)

 

Isn't the Common Core going to solve the nation's sloppy curricular choices?

Without a renewed focus by states on curriculum, Tom Loveless (and other detractors ) will unfortunately be proven right. Because states and districts have a long-standing tradition of choosing and implementing curricula that bear little real connection to their own standards, they are unlikely to behave any differently for having replaced their state standards with the Common Core.

The Bottom Line

States along with the rest of us need to confront the fact that the Common Core is not a curriculum.  Without attention to good curricular choices, not only will teachers be less effective than they would be otherwise, student progress will continue to stall.
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Standards will shift teaching

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Teachers and administrators have homework of their own, studying a net set of instructional guidelines and a fundamental shift of how they teach and test. 

 

Proponents say the state standards, called Common Core, better match how students learn and better prepare them for college or work.

 

Depth over Breadth - "With the old standards, kids are learning lots of little bits of information and then quickly forgetting them. Which means we didn't spend enough time learning them well." Problem-Solving - These new standards open "a new era in education." But while the bells and whistles will be strikingly new, the focus returns to getting students better at the basics and problem solving. "We've got to give them problems where there aren't easy answers." Close Reading - A focus on fine literature will shift to reading for information.  Writing - Wording a cohesive argument will outweigh creative writing. Math lessons will ease into tough subjects such as fractions. concentrates more on essential skills, such as writing. "What we have now lacks great materials for writing, when we know that's the No. 1 predictor of student success," Technology - All schools need enough computers and Internet bandwidth for classes to test online simultaneously. Paper tests "were appropriate for the times." But advances in artificial intelligence give far more options. "This is where technology is catching up with education."
  Districtwide retraining will be needed.
  Backward Design - "I think that process of beginning with the end in mind and working their way down is powerful," College Professor - California State University, Stanislaus, math Professor Viji Sundar has studied the Common Core math guidelines and believes the changes will help more students be ready for her college courses. "I think it's wonderful, something that's very much needed," Sundar said. California now has dozens of math steps to be learned in every grade. "We need to focus more on certain things more deeply," she said. I really do believe that this has helped us step up our game. We need different skills for the 21st century."

 

 

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2012/04/15/2159429/new-standards-to-shift-learning.html#storylink=cpy

 


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Blooms-quicksheets

Nice resources from Andrew Churches.


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Common Core Standards in Action | LiteracyTA

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LiteracyTA has taken the Common Core Standards and made them actionable. Our literacy strategies, live training programs, and student materials help bring the Common Core into the classroom.
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Districts Gear Up for Shift to Informational Texts

Because of its emphasis in the common-core standards, millions of teachers are faced with increasing their use of nonfiction.
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