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Common Core 'architect' deals blow to opponents with SAT revamp, say critics

Common Core 'architect' deals blow to opponents with SAT revamp, say critics | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The “architect” of the recent changes to the SAT’s is also known as the “Architect” of Common Core and critics feel that the recently announced changes will pave the way for forcing local school districts to change their curriculum after all.
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Nicole Nico's curator insight, October 30, 2014 1:12 AM

There has been already a lot of talk about the SAT changing soon the way they do there testing that people already have an issue with. Now a lot of people believe that the changes go hand in hand with the integration of the common core standards. Whether the testing changes to become something that all students understand or if there still seems to be a separation of the elite is yet to be seen.

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Academic Vocabulary and the New Wave of Testing

Academic Vocabulary and the New Wave of Testing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

David Coleman, the current president of the College Board, has a particular take on academic vocabulary; and, if you want to better prepare your students for the new wave of standardized testing under the Common Core and the new SAT, you better get hip to it. As he told the New York Times, Coleman believes academic vocabulary is all around us, and he is out to rid the SAT of "words you will never use again" and plans to instead focus standardized testing on "more common words like synthesis, distill and transform, used in context as they will be in college and in life."

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SAT exam to be redesigned

SAT exam to be redesigned | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The famed SAT college admissions exam will undergo a thorough redesign by the College Board, which is calling the effort an "ambitious effort" to "better meets" the needs of students and schools.


The College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the SAT, late last year appointed a new president, David Coleman, who was a co-writer of the Common Core State Standards. In a recent speech at the Brookings Institution,Coleman said he has a number of problems with the SAT as now written, including with its essay and vocabulary words. (You can read about that here.)

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David Coleman on the Standards for English Class

David Coleman on the Standards for English Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"The president of the College Board responds to a Sunday Review article written by Sara Mosle - a thoughtful article about what students read and the Common Core Standards, but it does not make clear facts that demonstrate the central role of reading fiction in the standards.

To be absolutely clear, reading fiction retains a central role in the Common Core Standards in grades K to 12, and the primary role in English Language Arts for grades 6 to 12, where it is complemented by high-quality literary nonfiction."
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Common Core Architect Adds to Blog Salon Discussion

Common Core Architect Adds to Blog Salon Discussion | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

David Coleman praises the work of the Arts Blog and strikes a relationship between the arts and the new ELA Common Core Standards in knowledge, observation and evidence/choices. 

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The Schoolmaster on David Coleman

The Schoolmaster on David Coleman | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Diana Goldstein of The Atlantic provides an update on David Coleman, lead architect of the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts, and  his continued efforts for ed reform.  

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Teaching Methods and the CCSS

Teaching Methods and the CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This totally made sense to me.  It empowers teachers to choose teaching methods, scaffolds and other resources to hold students accountable to standards that incite deep thinking, and those that will enable them to move to the next level.  Written in the "spirit" of Common Core.

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Most Students Are Unprepared for College, SAT Results Show

Most Students Are Unprepared for College, SAT Results Show | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Less than half of those who took the test in 2013 scored high enough to indicate success in higher education, a study found. Only 43 percent of the test takers this year met or exceeded the benchmark score of 1550 out of a possible 2400, the same proportion as last year.


Those who reach that number, according to the College Board, have a greater chance of attaining a B-minus average or higher during their first year of college and persisting to graduation. The mean score for 2013 was 1498.


For more test takers to reach a score of 1550, rigorous coursework will have to become more widely accessible, said David Coleman, president of the College Board.


Mr. Coleman plans to better align the SAT with the Common Core State Standards, which he helped write. They prescribe what students should learn, in English and mathematics, from kindergarten through high school. His proposal to make the essay portion of the SAT more analytical has been met by a mix of applause and apprehension.

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This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover

This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Growing up in downtown Manhattan as the son of a psychiatrist and a college president, David Coleman never wanted for stimulation. At the dinner table, his parents repeatedly told him that it wasn't his exam scores that mattered, but rather the quality of his ideas and inquiry.


Now, Coleman is in charge of the most important test score a student can receive. As president of the College Board, a national education company, he is redesigning the SAT, the standardized test taken by many high school seniors as a part of the college application process. He is also expanding the Advanced Placement program, which offers college-level classes and tests for high school students.

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David Coleman, best known for his role as the co-architect in writing the ELA Common Core Standards, has largely been unheard from as states begin to either opt out or implement the standards.


This is an informative article that provides a brief bi-partisan view of the history of common core and what Coleman's next role will be.

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Teaching Writing Through Personal Reflection: Bad Idea

Teaching Writing Through Personal Reflection: Bad Idea | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Coleman’s harsh remark was justified, and it had to be offered bluntly because of the stubborn and misguided commitment many educators have to self-oriented, personal-response assignments. When they encourage 15-year-olds to explore their own feelings and memories and identities, they turn the text into a pretext for self-discovery—precisely the opposite of what they will have to do in college and the workplace. Instead of summarizing and arguing over what it says, they examine how it relates to them. Does this produce more reflective, thoughtful, informed graduates, the pedagogy of subjective response cultivating solid skills of critical thinking? Or does it encourage narcissism, the belief that “YOU are the measure of all things,” suppressing that all-important adult capacity of suspending personal feelings in order to assess and debate objectively?

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I think Coleman's comment on personal reflective writing has generated more copy than any other CCSS topic. It's a good thing most of the copy is digital and not paper (we've saved a few trees).  


Here yet another person weighs in on Coleman's statement and it provokes more conversation in the article's comments.


My questions:

  • What will best prepare students for the next level?
  • How will they be prepared most effectively and expeditiously? 
  • What needs to change in our instruction and assessment to do this?
  • Does this mean I need to strike all personal reflective writing? As we've heard before, there's a time and season. First things first.
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Coleman is coming: Look busy!

Coleman is coming: Look busy! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In our zeal to change everything, will we end up accomplishing nothing?

 

The reality is that, if state implementation of the Common Core is going to succeed where so many other standards implementation efforts have failed, it’s going to require less busywork and more genuine, systemic change. And to make that happen, states and districts should take a page from the CCSS creation playbook by taking their time, prioritizing what is essential, and focusing their work on the areas where they can have the biggest impact.

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Common standards≠national curriculum

Common standards≠national curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Chester Finn of the Fordham Institute clarifies Goldstein's comments on David Coleman and what Common Core Standards aim to accomplish.  

 

Mr. Finn writes that not every student who graduates from high school WILL go to a four year, liberal arts college. However, by the end of high school all students will have the knowledge and skills in core subjects and may CHOOSE to do so. This can only come about by implementing rigorous common core standards (not curriculum) with common assessments. 

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Is David Coleman "Two Sheets To the Wind" or Does He Really Give a Sheet | Burkins & Yaris

Is David Coleman "Two Sheets To the Wind" or Does He Really Give a Sheet | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post, Burkins and Yaris closely read a paragraph disparaging narrative writing from the transcript of a speech given by David Coleman to a group of NY educators.

 

What exactly is Coleman saying about narrative versus argumentative writing and does he practice what he preaches?

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The Hunt Institute and CCSSO Release Common Core Implementation Video Series

The Hunt Institute and CCSSO Release Common Core Implementation Video Series...
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