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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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On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins

On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Thirteen examples of how teachers have made feedback (as opposed to advice and evaluation) more central to their work with students:

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"Bluegrass State is a predictor of what parents and students will see in other states."

"Bluegrass State is a predictor of what parents and students will see in other states." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Education achievement tests in Kentucky, the first in the nation tied to the state Common Core Standards, shows a drop in student achievement for both elementary and middle school students.
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Informal Writing Assignments: Promoting Learning Through Writing | Faculty Focus

Informal Writing Assignments: Promoting Learning Through Writing | Faculty Focus | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Writing Across the Curriculum movement has successfully introduced faculty across disciplines to a variety of writing, including very informal writing that faculty do not necessarily read or grade.
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Teaching Tips for Building Academic Vocabulary

Teaching Tips for Building Academic Vocabulary | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
By Michael Graves


After working for nearly 50 years as an educator, I am all too frequently chagrined by how much we do not know, by how many questions about teaching remain unanswered. But there is one thing we absolutely do know: We know how to effectively teach individual words!
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Math Highlights: “Core Advocate” Event in Philadelphia

Math Highlights: “Core Advocate” Event in Philadelphia | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Christina Hank


A few months ago I was invited by Student Achievement Partners (achievethecore.org) to become a “Common Core Advocate” with 100 other educators across the nation.


3 Math Shifts


1. Focus: Focus strongly where the standards focus

  • This is the HUGE shift–the Biggie!!!! You have to get this one first
  • Tradition has been that K-12 would focus on all four areas: Numbers and Ops, Measurement and Geo, Alg and Functions, Stats and Probability
  • Must change "coverage mentality"


2. Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics

  • The idea that you’re connecting the learning from this year to the learning from prior years. 
  • You are always working on the major work of the grade even when you are getting into specifics.


3. Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application.

  • The CCSS aren’t about always getting the right answer, it’s about understanding the processes
  • The fact that you know your multiplication facts is great, but you need to understand what they mean and why we have them.
  • Misconception: “Rigor means physically more difficult or harder”; some people think that each standards requires and equal amount of rigor.
  • Fluency in math means you can do it accurately and quickly. Fluency increases in level K-12. It doesn’t matter how you do it or how you get to the answer, but you can do it.
  • Mathematical practices–in addition to the content standards, there are mathematical practices.
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Study supports move toward common math standards

Study supports move toward common math standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

William Schmidt


States whose previous standards were most similar to the Common Core performed better on a national math test in 2009.

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Achievement Gaps Grow on Kentucky's New Common Core Tests

All of the achievement gaps between whites and blacks and Hispanic in each grade, in both reading and math, increased from the KCCT to the K-PREP tests, with the exception of the gap in 3rd grade math and 5th grade math between whites and blacks.

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"Best part of #CommonCore is the emphasis on writing (argument)."

"Best part of #CommonCore is the emphasis on writing (argument)." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Writing and Teaching: Common Core and Argument


Basic principles of argumentation:

1. State your position.

2. Provide reasons or evidence for your position.

3. Provide counterarguments or refutations of opposing arguments.

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Indiana's air ball on national education standards

Indiana's air ball on national education standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Indiana State Superintendent of Schools Tony Bennett has advanced some great reforms, but he gambled big in adopting the national Common Core education standards in a state that had some of the best state standards in the country and is...
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CEC: #CommonCore Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know

CEC: #CommonCore Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) released in June 2010 the Common Core State Standards (CCS) for instruction, providing states for the first time with common standards for all students in English/language arts and mathematics.

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Scores Drop on Ky.'s #CommonCore Aligned Tests

Scores Drop on Ky.'s #CommonCore Aligned Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
On the new tests, the first in the nation to be explicitly aligned to the common core, students scoring "proficient" or better fell by a third or more.
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#CommonCore: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability

#CommonCore: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Recommendations:


1. Make sure educators deeply understand the standards and the key instructional shifts they require.

2. Vet instructional resources for quality and alignment with the standards.

3. Transform principals into instructional leaders.

4. Listen to educators about their professional learning needs.

5. Maximize opportunities for collaboration and capacity building through professional learning.

6. Engage higher-education partners.

7. Understand and plan for the coming common assessments.

8. Adopt technology to meet teaching and learning needs but that will also work with the new assessments.

9. Align initiatives into comprehensive reforms.

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Principal Key to School Wide Literacy

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ROCK HILL: Award winning Rock Hill principal discusses strategy for getting students to read | Featured Stories | Rock Hill Herald Online


South Carolina literacy advocates were so impressed with Sullivan Middle’s push to stoke interest in reading, they named the Rock Hill school’s principal, Michael Waiksnis, administrator of the year.

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Writing: 7 Great Bibliography and Citation Tools for Students

Writing: 7 Great Bibliography and Citation Tools for Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Survey: 80% have heard, seen, know nothing about #CommonCore

Survey: 80% have heard, seen, know nothing about #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The poll of 600 Pennsylvanians, conducted for the Pennsylvania Business Council Education Foundation, shows that 80 percent of those surveyed had heard, seen, or read nothing about the common standards. Of the 20 percent who knew about them, six in 10 said that what they had heard made them more inclined to support them, and three in 10 said they'd be less inclined to do so.
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ELA Highlights: “Core Advocate” Event in Philadelphia

ELA Highlights: “Core Advocate” Event in Philadelphia | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Christina Hank

Nov. 5, 2012


A few months ago I was invited by Student Achievement Partners (achievethecore.org) to become a “Common Core Advocate” with 100 other educators across the nation. 


3 ELA Shifts:


1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

  • Misconception: Not reading fiction anymore–We are spending more time with nonfiction. We are actually using texts as a source of knowledge. We can learn about what’s happening through text. In elementary right now, 80%of what kids read is stories. The breakdown is closing to 50/50 by 5th

2. Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational


3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

  • The gap between college level reading requirements and what kids read in 12th grade is greater than the gap between what kids read in 8th and 4th grade
  • This is the most challenging of the shifts because it goes against everything we have been doing in terms of teaching to students’ instructional levels–We are talking about kids being productively frustrated here.
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TN puts teeth in teacher training

TN puts teeth in teacher training | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Three years ago, the University of Memphis scrapped its ages-old teacher education major and started over.
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Evidence & Arguments: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text via Teaching Channel

Evidence & Arguments: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text via Teaching Channel | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Watch how you can do a literacy analysis with your High School students using evidence and arguments.
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What Do Kentucky Test Results Foreshadow for the Common Core?

What Do Kentucky Test Results Foreshadow for the Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Kentucky unveiled its test results last Friday, and they weren't pretty.


"the percent of students scoring proficient dropped by about one third"


That wasn't quite as bad as Kentucky had predicted, but it was certainly enough to warrant the public-relations push it spent months developing. State officials took pains to explain that this is what happens when tougher standards and tougher tests hold our children to higher expectations. Kentucky's hardly the only state using—or planning to use—this approach.


states are readying themselves for similar communications challenges as their test scores show similar drops in the coming months.



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PARCC States Agree on Common Benchmark for College And Career Readiness

PARCC States Agree on Common Benchmark for College And Career Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

States within the PARCC consortium now have established a common benchmark to define the academic preparation necessary for college and career readiness.


The CCRD policy defines the level of academic preparation in English language arts/literacy and mathematics needed for students to be successful in entry-level, credit-bearing courses in two- and four-year public institutions of higher education. These institutions include technical colleges and other institutions that award degrees or credentials aligned to entry requirements of middle- or high-skilled jobs.


"The adoption of the CCRD also signals that the PARCC assessments will have meaning for students as they progress through high school and beyond. Students who achieve at the CCR level on the high school assessments will be able to enter directly into certain entry-level, credit-bearing courses in those subject areas without having to take placement tests."

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Open Educational Resources Aligned with #CommonCore: A Policy Brief

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Are You Ready Middle Grades? Next Generation Literacy Assessments

Are You Ready Middle Grades? Next Generation Literacy Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Over the past year, educators in Colorado have been fine tuning their curriculum and instruction to the new literacy standards published by the Common Core State Standards initiative (CCSS) which were adopted by our Colorado Department of Education. Academic specialists have identified 6 Pedagogical Shifts demanded by the Common Core State Standards in Literacy.

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Implementing the #CommonCore State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text" - Aspen DRL

Implementing the #CommonCore State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text" - Aspen DRL | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Sheila Brown, and Lee Kappes. 2012. The Aspen Institute


To assist teachers in understanding and employing the Common Core instructional emphasis on Close Reading in the classroom, this primer addresses the following key questions:


1) What is Close Reading of text, and what are its essential attributes? How, and for what purposes, should teachers employ this strategy?


2) What is the role of background knowledge in the development of reading comprehension, and when should teachers activate and/or provide background knowledge?


3) What should teachers and district leaders consider about Close Reading as they prepare to implement it in practice?

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