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K-8 Passages by Lexile Level

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ReadWorks is a completely free resource—all you have to do is register!


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Readworks.org offers access to a variety of passages and question sets when you register.

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K-5th Grade Comprehension Units | ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension

K-5th Grade Comprehension Units | ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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These mini-units are great for building knowledge and vocabulary!

 

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A Walk in the PARCC – Part 2: ELA from Puzzl_ED - Match Education

A Walk in the PARCC – Part 2: ELA from Puzzl_ED - Match Education | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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How are the new tests compared to the old state tests? Here's one report...

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The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Culture defines any business, yet it's also one of the hardest things to manage. In this extract from her TED Book, Margaret Heffernan describes the important, often-overlooked element necessary to...
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Collaborative environments and teams are built on trust. This is a must read!

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A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards, by Matthew Frizzell and Tara Dunderdale at the Center on Education Policy

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards, by Matthew Frizzell and Tara Dunderdale at the Center on Education Policy | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards, a report by by Matthew Frizzell and Tara Dunderdale at the Center on Education Policy in Washington, DC, USA
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Reading Instruction and the Achievement Gap

Reading Instruction and the Achievement Gap | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
In the last decade or so, schools have so focused on early reading that too many have ignored the need for students to know a great deal of content to understand what they are reading. Too many have undervalued the role instruction in science, histor...
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Dan Willingham weighs in on balanced literacy and what is still missing when thinking about improving reading instruction. 

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The reading paradox: How standards mislead teachers | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Before the age of standards and tests, teachers generally taught the textbook. They began on page one and got as far as they could before the end of June, sometimes racing through the last four chapters in less time than they devoted to the first. Standards, testing, and accountability changed that. Now there are clearly defined goals that all students must meet, and teachers are asked to ensure not just “coverage,” but that all students master a predetermined list of content and skills.
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Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Speaking Volumes

Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Speaking Volumes | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests

Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.
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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?
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This well balanced piece on implementing CCSS in reading includes the importance of building knowledge, intentional scaffolding and including complex text for all students. 

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How Kentucky became a rare Common Core success story

How Kentucky became a rare Common Core success story | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
The state was the first to jump on the bandwagon for the new standards, and has had better luck than other states.
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Early adopter Kentucky shows some sizable gains in college and career readiness! 

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The Common Core Is Working in My Classroom

Jeff Baxter, the Kansas State Teacher of the Year, writes that the standards have made him a better educator.
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Jeff Baxter shows exactly why these standards are different... and powerful. A must-read!

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Greater Expectations | American RadioWorks |

Greater Expectations | American RadioWorks | | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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Emily Hanford's well-researched piece is worth a listen if you are interested in thinking about  consequences, both intended and unintended, of Common Core State Standards adoption and implementation. 

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5 Strategies To Meet The Speaking & Listening Standards

5 Strategies To Meet The Speaking & Listening Standards | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Learn how to reach the speaking and listening standards of the Common Core. Stacy talks about how she integrated post it notes and hand signals to hit the speaking and listening standards.
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There are some great new resources on theteachingchannel.org in the form of blog posts for teachers. Check out this one on Speaking & Listening. 

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The Vermont Writing Collaborative: Writing for Understanding

The Vermont Writing Collaborative: Writing for Understanding | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Writing for Understanding is an approach to writing instruction, at all grade levels, that recognizes that at the heart of effective writing is the building of meaning, expressed in a way so that others can follow the writer’s thinking.
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The Vermont Writing Collaborative is an invaluable resource for improving writing and writing instruction. Sign up to receive the newsletter -- the April issue focused on writing "proficiency" and how teachers can begin to support students in writing. 

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What's Worth Learning in School?

What's Worth Learning in School? | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
We teach a lot that isn’t going to matter, in a significant way, in students’ lives, writes Professor David Perkins in his new book, "Future Wise." There’s also much we aren’t teaching that would be a better return on investment.
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this isn't the critical question!

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Getting Common Core Right: What We’ve Learned | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

Getting Common Core Right: What We’ve Learned | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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This is going to take time. And teachers need plenty of support. California's wise move to delay the linking of testing and teacher performance is part of what that support looks like. 

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The Best of the Common Core: Shifting from Skills to Knowledge « The Core Knowledge Blog

The Best of the Common Core: Shifting from Skills to Knowledge « The Core Knowledge Blog | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Closing the Achievement Gap: Teaching Content
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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.
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Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it

ch Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.

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The latest research supporting the CCSS and the focus on complexity of text. 

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How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library

How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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This is the best article yet on "test prep" and data driven reading instruction. A must read!

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GreatKids Milestone Videos | How is your child really doing in school?

GreatKids Milestone Videos | How is your child really doing in school? | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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A great resource for parents or those new to Common Core State Standards grade level expectations, these short clips feature read students and teachers. Excellent!

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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I fear this may be the experience of many students day after day. 

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The Common Core May Help Students Learning English

The Common Core May Help Students Learning English | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English.

So concludes a ...
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Great news! Research shows benefits for ELLs with CCSS!
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Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project, the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.
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Focusing on improving student achievement by using the CCSS, professional learning, discussion and time to collaborate makes a difference. This is not a top-down initiative!

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