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College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
Supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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Bruno: CCSS "Alignment" Requires CCSS Tests (Not Textbooks)

With the Common Core being widely implemented across the country, it's common these days for every resource offered to educators to claim to be "aligned" with the new standards. Unsurprisingly, according to researchers many of these claims are misleading at best. Even textbooks, often at the core of classroom curriculum, frequently purport to be aligned with the CCSS despite being essentially unchanged from previous editions or omitting much of the content of the new standards. Part the issue is undoubtedly that revising textbooks is a costly hassle for publishers. In their defense, however, there are very good reasons for publishers to wait to begin serious revisions. One major reason to wait is that even the best standards are inevitably vague or ambiguous on crucial points. As a result, there is often no fact of the matter about what the standards "mean." Many of those ambiguities will not be resolved until official Common Core tests are designed and administered. Most states have yet to even field test CCSS-aligned assessments, so what students will be expected to be able to do has yet to be precisely defined. And even in those cases where they are mostly clear, the standards themselves may not...
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Groups Issue Recommendations to Prepare for Online Exams

Groups Issue Recommendations to Prepare for Online Exams | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Planning, investments, and training will be key to successfully administering online Common Core exams, a new report says.
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To Get It Right, Focus on Tests and Curriculum

For my last day here at RHSU, I'm going to go a bit into the weeds to talk about what I think are the two most important technical issues that will affect Common Core implementation. These are the quality and alignment of both assessments and curriculum materials.
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The power of teaching: My testimony in favor of Common Core

The power of teaching: My testimony in favor of Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Why is the Common Core Such a Big Change?

Why is the Common Core Such a Big Change? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Teachers are not only expected to change what they teach but how they teach it.  Students must have conceptual understanding and know how to apply the mathematics in addition to having procedural skill and fluency.  Children will be expected to articulate their mathematical understandings orally and in writing."

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Writing Prompts, A Story Dice and Book Creator

Writing Prompts, A Story Dice and Book Creator | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
It's easy to say that students need to be creative in classrooms - but what if they aren't in the mood for fantasies or letting their imagination fly freely? And what if - because it does happen - the teacher has run out of ideas for writing?
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Indiana House committee votes to nix Common Core

Indiana House committee votes to nix Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Conservative anger in Indiana spurred the most recent action, but the changes between the state guidelines and Common Core might not be that stark. The requirements announced Thursday include a mix of Common Core and former Indiana standards, but largely will remain the same, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Danielle Shockey said. She said teachers likely could use the same textbooks.

The average parent is unlikely to notice a difference between the new state standards and the national Common Core standards, Shockey said.

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"We would not have been able to afford to develop the kind of quality (tests)"

"We would not have been able to afford to develop the kind of quality (tests)" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Martineau said that by working with the other states in Smarter Balanced, Michigan was able to develop a higher-quality test than it could have created independently.

“We would not have been able to afford to develop the kind of quality that was developed through the consortium,” he said.

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4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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NEA President: "Scuttling these standards will simply return us to the failed days of NCLB"

NEA President: "Scuttling these standards will simply return us to the failed days of NCLB" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Dennis Van Roekel During my 23 years as a high school math teacher, I learned some important lessons.  One of the most important was that effective
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Does Common Core’s focus on ‘close reading’ make sense?

Does Common Core’s focus on ‘close reading’ make sense? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Here's an argument that it doesn't.
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SUNY Chancellor: "Common Core standards are too important to put off"

SUNY Chancellor: "Common Core standards are too important to put off" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York


"Although there is understandable anxiety among many parents, students and educators, the recent recommendations by the State Education Department to slow down implementation of Common Core as well as some of the provisions of the state’s teacher and principal evaluation system are premature, as is the general call for a moratorium. A moratorium would impede the state’s ongoing efforts to bring greater accountability to public education, and serve only to let another generation of students fall behind."

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Examining How Common Core and Indiana's Draft Standards Differ

Examining How Common Core and Indiana's Draft Standards Differ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A comparison between kindergarten math standards in the Common Core State Standards and the draft Indiana standards released Feb. 19 reveal some important distinctions.
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The Significance of Idaho's New Double-Testing Waiver

The Significance of Idaho's New Double-Testing Waiver | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.
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This week Idaho won a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to allow all of its schools to field test new common-core-aligned tests this spring. Although the department has approved more than a dozen of these so-called "double-testing" waivers before, Idaho is only the second state, in addition to Montana, to win approval to give the field test in all of its schools.

Why is this important? Because for one year, Idaho will not be required by federal officials to report any data to teachers, administrators, and parents on how students are performing—a hallmark of the No Child Left Behind law. And, this approval is important because it could set a precedent for a decision coming soon from the department on California, which also wants to ditch its state tests entirely so it can give only field tests designed by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. 

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Dress Codes: Their Importance, Their Weirdness, Their Impact

Who needs school uniforms? Maybe everybody.


Students spend a lot of time thinking about how they look—studies indicate that some girls between the ages of 12 and 16 can take as much as two hours to get ready for school, and that’s just to choose the right kind of Scrunchie—but the faculty and staff, not so much.

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Common Core: Teachers, students need support for new learning models

Common Core: Teachers, students need support for new learning models | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Educators and policymakers call it the biggest reform in education in decades. This seismic shift in how schools have been delivering education for years is Common Core, a new set of national standards to boost student skills. Many say it will turn classroom learning on its head.

Muhammed Chaudhry believes the new national Common Core educational standards
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Danielson Framework for Teaching and Literacy Instruction

Danielson Framework for Teaching and Literacy Instruction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Assessing Common-Core Math Skills With Screencasting

Assessing Common-Core Math Skills With Screencasting | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers who want to know what students are thinking as they solve math problems might try having them create screencasts as they work.
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"The Common Core State Standards in math, specifically the practice standards, ask students to do more than just show their work—they ask students to explain their thinking, make sense of problems, construct arguments, and "communicate precisely." 

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Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers

Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The jury is still out on whether new, digital instructional materials can achieve greater alignment with new standards than traditional textbooks.
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Md. schools superintendent supports delay of teacher evaluations based on Common Core tests

Md. schools superintendent supports delay of teacher evaluations based on Common Core tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Maryland’s superintendent of schools told lawmakers Wednesday that she supports legislation that would delay evaluating teachers on new Common Core student assessments for two years until the 2016-2017 school year.

Maryland was supposed to have fully implemented the curriculum based on Common Core standards this school year. Part of the new curriculum requires annual teacher evaluations to be based on standardized student test scores.

But teachers, parents and legislators argue that schools haven’t had adequate time to adjust to the program, which is still underway. Legislation introduced by Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery, a former school board member, would give teachers a reprieve until 2016.

“We realize this is a heavy lift,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. “That’s why we agree with the tennets of slowing this down. Our teachers need at least two more years to address [Common Core] standards and get their resources together, before we start talking about accountability.”

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 31, 2015 9:59 AM

I think this is very fair for teachers teaching under the common core.  It would not of been fair if teachers were evaluated under the beginning stages of teaching in the common core.  After 2 years, teachers and students feet will be wet in being accustomed to the common core.

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5 Teachers on Common Core Implementation: What Should Be Taken Off Teachers' Plates?

5 Teachers on Common Core Implementation: What Should Be Taken Off Teachers' Plates? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teachers in many states face a daunting challenge as they work to integrate the Common Core State Standards into their instruction and curricula. The task requires educators to adjust some methodologies, find and incorporate new materials, and adapt to new expectations for how student demonstrate their learning.

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Indiana Releases Draft of New Academic Standards to Replace Common Core

Indiana Releases Draft of New Academic Standards to Replace Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Indiana State Board of Education has released a draft version of new content standards for English/language arts and math that would replace the Common Core State Standards that were adopted by the state in 2010.
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Why I'm Optimistic About Standards-Based Reform

Why I'm Optimistic About Standards-Based Reform | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I talked about why I'm optimistic about U.S. educational performance. Today, I'm going to talk about why I'm also optimistic about standards-based reform (the latest incarnation of which is the Common Core State Standards + state waiver accountability systems). In short, my read of the evidence is that standards-based reform works.
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"No state that adopted the standards has gone so far as to withdraw from them."

"No state that adopted the standards has gone so far as to withdraw from them." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Few in New York are calling for abandoning the standards. And state officials have not backed out of a national consortium developing exams based on the standards, as their counterparts in states like Georgia and Oklahoma have. No state that adopted the standards has gone so far as to withdraw from them.

The loudest of the complaints is based on New York’s decision not to wait for those new Common Core exams, which are expected to make their debut in 2015, but to begin testing students on the new standards last year.

Teachers said they had not been fully trained in the new curriculums, and had not received new textbooks and teaching materials; many still did not have them in the fall. As the tests changed, the scores plummeted: Less than a third of the state’s students passed.

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